It has become quite fashionable to check the ingredients of the food we eat before we buy it. Many people are aware of legal toxins infused into our "food" - things like artificial sweeteners, "taste enhancers" like MSG or even antibiotics found in mass-produced meat and dairy products.
But while I welcome the idea that people are getting more conscious about the things they put in their mouths I find myself stunned at how the same diligence isn't applied to things we regularly put on our skin. At least for the majority of people I see shopping for cosmetics.
A full-body mouth
We don't have iron skin that is impregnable. On the contrary, our skin is a gateway between our inner body and the world outside of it. This gateway works both ways - we sweat and bleed through the skin to the outside, but the skin also allows particles and substances to enter the body. Which should not come as news to most people who ever used natural oils on their skin to heal swollen ankles or things like nicotin patches to get their daily dose of nicotine without smoking cigarettes.
How crazy is it then that we regularly spray things into our armpits that are loaded with chemicals or heavy metals we would never ever tolerate in our food?
The idea is quite simple: If you wouldn't eat it, don't put it on your skin!
Anything we put on our skin gets absorbed into our system - and with rapid speed. The lymphnotes are very close to our armpits, and deodorants that we spray onto that part of our body can enter our system even faster because the skin there is even more porous than the skin in most other places on our body.
Just because your deodorant is not encountered by your taste buds or your stomach doesn't make it alright to have it in your body. The content of the spray will enter our system and will be fought by our natural defense mechanisms and organs - just like any other toxin.
Don't get me wrong, I am the greatest advocates of deliberate intoxication now and then ;) This article refers to regular, heavy, daily use ;)
Is it really a surprise then that cancer rates have gone up so high in recent decades with the incredible rise of the chemical industry? If we have made a habit of spraying things we would never ever put in our mouths onto our porous skin on a daily basis, you might as well start smoking or drinking half a bottle of wine every day.
The route of admission with oral consumption is different yes, but in the end, the toxins will enter our system both ways. And the readiness of deodorant-apostels to claim that "people smell bad without it" really goes to show how much these laboratory products have become part of our regular mode of existence.
I used to be the biggest fan of deodorant myself, but as I will describe in an upcoming floor lesson, deodorants are likely one of the biggest causes of body odor, not the solution to it. If you really believe you need to spray your body daily with several different chemicals you would never voluntarily eat, I dare you to stop using these products for only a week and have people smell you vs. them smelling you the day after you have used deodorant or eaten at a fast food restaurant.
You can shower using mere water, and if your diet doesn't include a whole array of toxins you will see that these products don't make you smell better, but in fact only cover up the smell of your sweat trying to get rid of these toxins.
If you want to explore this idea further you don't need to go cold turkey and stop using all cosmetic products today, but maybe use a holiday to go without these extra toxins for a few days and you will see that far from stinking you actually smell amazing once your body has finally gotten a chance to rid itself of these chemicals - instead of reloading the toxins back into your system everyday like we have all been taught is normal.
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