The Down-Low on the B.O
When most people think about making the switch to a more natural deodorant brand, it seems daunting. "What if it doesn't work?" and "what if I end up smelling worse" are both major concerns that get thrown around. However, we're here today to speak on the overwhelming health benefits of switching to a natural deodorant and how to make the transition smoother!
Possibly the most solid argument we can give you against typical, store bought deodorant is the ingredient list. The majority of deodorants we find on the shelves are stock full of ingredients such as aluminum, parabens, propylene glycol, phthalates, triclosan, and other fragrance blends. As stated in Primally Pure's article "What's in your deodorant," these ingredients have been linked to a wide variety of health concerns ranging from skin irritations to endocrine disruptions all the way to Alzheimer's disease and breast cancer. So with these risks in mind, why do personal care companies throw in all these additives? The key word here is anti-perspirant--with aluminum being the main offender.
We buy these deodorants with the impression that active ingredients such as aluminum will help us stop sweating--and you'd be right! It totally does work. But the caveat is that our body's actually need to sweat in order to detoxify (Primally Pure). Therefore, buying into the anti-perspirant deodorant trends are actually blocking your body's natural ability to push out toxins, which can create negative health effects in the long-term.
Furthermore, you'll notice that these deodorants don't often help protect against body odor, but rather contribute to it by adding in an artificial flowery scent. Not only are they ineffective, but they also are chalk-full of harsh chemicals that may irritate sensitive skin. By allowing your body to make the transition to natural smelling deodorants, you'll find that not only will your sweating eventually balance out, but any body odor you experience will most likely follow suit (if it doesn't, Primally Pure recommends examining diet and lifestyle).
Most likely when transitioning to a natural deodorant regime, you may be tempted to jump back to the chemically-harsh products. The reason for this being that there is a transition period in which you're sweating and BO may increase--this is completely normal. After all, you must remember that your body's ability to push out toxins has been heavily clogged (for years or decades!!!). After a few weeks you'll start to notice a more balanced scent and sweat patterns that indicate healthier body functioning. Washing thoroughly under your arms and even dabbing on some gentle essential oils may help in the weeks of transition (hey there lemon + grapefruit!). Also, remember to play around with different natural brands to find the ones that work for you! We highly recommend the Primally Pure brand.
TIP: if you find while making the deodorant transition that you are feeling extra sweaty, make yourself a homemade pit mask! Combine 1/4 cup of diatomaceous earth, 2 tbsp baking soda, and just enough water to create a paste. Spread under arms and let sit for about 20 minutes! It's a great method for detox!
And if you've recently made the switch to a natural deodorant brand, let us know what you use and how you're liking the results!! Feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training)
This article is for you if you:
a. hate spending hours on the cardio machines
b. feel like you don't have time for a full workout
c. don't want to dedicate hours at the gym
d. a combination of all of the above (aka most of us)
The solution to this wide-spread problem is simple: High Intensity Interval Training, or HIIT. If you're unfamiliar with HIIT, allow us to explain. Using a combination of short bursts of intense exercise followed by periods of rest, HIIT helps to get your heart rate up and body moving much quicker than standard cardio routines. Essentially what is happening here is you're maximizing your energy output and your time efficiency, so you get the quality workout you're looking for in half the time. Most range from 10-30 minutes but if you're a beginner, we recommend modifying it to fit your strengths.
Here are some of the noted potential benefits of HIIT, as stated by Healthline's article, "7 benefits of high-intensity interval training" (please click on link to read full article):
1. Burns a lot of calories in a short period of time
2. Increases metabolic rate for significant time post-exercise
3. Aids in fat-loss goals
4. Increases oxygen consumption
5. Can reduce resting heart rate and blood pressure levels
6. Decreases blood sugar levels
7. Assists in gaining muscle
If all of these sound good to you, then join us in this beginner HIIT workout we found at Daily Burn! To find more free workouts visit their website. Let us know how you like it and modify it if it's too difficult or too easy for you:
Reminders: Make sure to warm up before doing any intense exercise. Do each movement for 45 seconds, followed by a 15 second rest. Repeat circuit 3 times.And ALWAYS stretch when you are finished! Adjust to appropriate activity level:
4. Tricep Dips
5. Side Lunges
6. Jumping Jacks
7. Sit Ups