Deodorants: Why Natural?

Underarm deodorants can come in many different shapes and sizes. In addition, they can come with different formulations and scents as well. You hear about things likes made for sensitive skin, helps to balance pH levels, maximum strength protection, etc... things can get confusing!

To throw another wrench in the mix, I'm going to add ingredients to the list. Why? In recent times, this has become a fairly large and looming issue that many of us have to contemplate. We've all heard about aluminum and parabens in deodorants, and how they can be harmful to our health. The FDA and NCI maintain that deodorant products are safe and we have nothing to worry about. This is in spite of several studies that show more than just a coincidental link between the two.

I'll leave it up to you as the reader to come to your own conclusions on the matter, but this being my blog, I'm leaning towards the stance that it's better to be safe than sorry. I take agendas in consideration as well as alternative means of handling body odor.

People often wrongly assume that alternative deodorant methods are less effective or inferior to their mainstream counterparts. Why this is so, I'll never understand, but it is what it is. Much of the synthetic chemicals we use in not just deodorants, but almost all hygiene products are derived from natural plant or mineral sources. Or they are copied using synthetic means because it tends to be cheaper. Let's face it, it's more economically feasible to make something in a factory than having to grow it in the ground.

There are consequences though. As with many things that man has copied using synthetic means, it's never quite the same. There's always side effects. GMOs are a great example of this.

Again, I'm a huge proponent of natural alternatives whenever possible, and this is my case for those considering switching to a natural deodorant alternative. Don't be fooled by big business and take the time to learn about what's going on. After all, what you put on or in your body will most certainly impact your future.

Bad Breath - What's The Deal?

Personal space. It's the invisible bubble around you that creates a buffer between you and the person next to you. There's an unwritten rule about respecting that boundary. We guard it with authority and to invade it could mean repercussions! Who we chose to allow to break that barrier can depend on many factors. Should you be allowed to enter, there are several unwritten rules to respect. One of the most important is don't have bad breath.

Yet millions of people are guilty of this. The ADA estimates that over half of the population in the US alone suffer from bad breath to varying degrees. There are many factors that contribute to bad breath causes, and understanding them can help you to leave a positive impression rather than a negative one.

Poor Oral Hygiene

Not maintaining good oral hygiene will undoubtedly lead to bad breath issues. There are over 600 different types of bacteria that live in the average person's mouth. Under normal circumstances these micro organisms maintain a mutually beneficial relationship with us. They keep harmful bacteria from taking over. However, a side effect is that when left uncontrolled, they case bad breath. They feed on proteins in our mouth and release waste products in the form of sulfide compounds. These compounds have an odor like rotten eggs.

Brushing and flossing help to control both the bacteria as well as their food supply. They remove dead cells, left over food particles and excess bacteria from the mouth.


What we eat each day can directly affect how your breath smells. Foods such as onions, garlic, meat and eggs contain high amounts of volatile sulfur compounds. Similar to the compounds produced by bacteria, they also smell of rotten eggs. As food gets digested in the body, these compounds are released and absorbed into the blood and organs. Once in the lungs, they are emitted through the mouth as you breath.


A dry mouth is a smelly mouth. Saliva plays a crucial role in day to day regulation of bacteria. It acts as both an antiseptic as well as a means to wash away gunk. Lack of saliva deprives the body of this important component.


Many medications have the side effect of drying out the mouth. Again, lack of saliva will lead to increased bad breath.


Sugar, especially the processed stuff causes a imbalance in the pH levels of the mouth. Under normal conditions the oral cavity has a balanced acidity level in which bacteria resides in a controlled manner. Any disruption in his harmony can cause them to grow more rapidly than normal. More bacteria will mean more sulfur compounds being produced. This in turn means greater bad breath.


Keeping this information in mind will hopefully allow you to better handle bad breath situations. Understanding what causes it can be important for controlling it.

Body Odor: What Is That Smell?

Relatively speaking, there is nothing worse than when someone walks past you and the foul odor that follows attacks your nostrils like a unstoppable plauge. It lingers and festers and seems to stain the very fabric of your being. In other words, it's nasty.

Why? What could possibly cause another person to smell that way? Can they not afford soap or maybe they forgot to pay the water bill. While definitely a possibility, there are many other reasons that people have body odor. Some are within their control to do something about, but others are not.

The most common cause of body odor is from bacteria that live on the skin. These little critters love our sweat. They consume it and release smelly ammino acids that are broken down into various odor compounds that reak. It's these compounds that we associate with body odor. Different bacteria produce different types of odor.

In relation to this is sweat. The human body has two types of sweat glands; apocrine and eccrine. Apocrine glands are located primarily under the arms and secrete a thick, fatty sweat in comparions to eccrine glands that secrete a more watery sweat. Because apocrine sweat contains proteins and lipids, it makes for a good source of sustinance for bacteria and in turn they love to fed on it.

One can reasonably guess that the more you sweat throughout the day, the more you will be prone to smell.

That being said, we are not all designed the same. Bacterial activity and concentration can vary from person to person. In addition, the amount we sweat can vary. For instance, certain ethnicities have less apocrine sweat glands.

Another commonly less known source of body odor is from food. Meats, garlic, beans, fish, shelfish, spices, asparagus, cauliflower and broccoli contain high amounts of volatile sulfur compounds. These compounds get released as food is digested and make their way out of the body via sweat and pores in the skin. Depending on lifestyle habits, cultural preferences and other factors, a persons diet can consist of large amounts of these types of foods. In turn, this makes them more prone to smell.

Understanding what causes body odor certainly doesn't make it any easier on the nose. However, knowing some of its sources can help people adjust their daily routines to help reduce the power of it. In turn, the person you pass on the street might be more thankful to you than you realize.

Ladies, Keep it Clean

Talking about odor can be a touchy subject. Talking about feminine odor can be even more difficult to navigate, but it doesn't have to be. First, we must realize that smelling down there isn't a problem per se. It's not because we are dirty or were just born with a rotten one. No, there are facotrs beyond our control that cause it to smell out of sorts.

Leaving out poor hygiene as a culprit, let's look into what else can cause a woman's vagina to smell. Food, body chemistry, sweat, hormonal changes and even stress can change the odor. When pH balances are affected due to some of the factors, the acidity in the vagina changes allowing bacteria to cultivate and do what they do. What do they do? Bacteria can break down certain compounds which in turn have a unique smell.

Also food, especially foods high in protein, contain a compound called trimethylamine. When broken down by bacteria, it produces a fishy smell. Some people are able to process this better than others which is why some people smell stronger than others.

In terms of what can be done, there are pills, wipes, washes, creams, etc... they all do their part and they all work to an extent. Personally, I believe so long as you're clean, maintain a balanced diet, get exercise and are able to maintain stress, any feminine odor that comes after should be an after thought. Don't worry about it! It's natural.

Topic : Health
Genre : Blog

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