Applying antiperspirant is an important part of a woman’s hygiene. It blocks the pores that release underarm sweat and makes her feel fresh and confident all day long. But beware: Dr. Joseph Mercola warns that using an antiperspirant may increase your risk of breast cancer.
A recent study published in the Journal of Applied Toxicology revealed that aluminum, the active ingredient in most antiperspirants, goes to your breast tissue. This toxin is also found in nipple aspirate fluid, which is a fluid present in the breast duct tree that mirrors your breast’s microenvironment (link).
The research also noted that the mean level of aluminum in nipple aspirate fluid was substantially higher in women with breast cancer compared to healthy women. They concluded that raised levels of aluminum in women may be a reliable indicator of a higher risk of developing breast cancer.
How Does Aluminum Put You in Danger of Breast Cancer?
Dr. Mercola explains that aluminum salts mimic the hormone estrogen. Chemicals that imitate this hormone are known to increase your risk of breast cancer. It may even be more toxic than mercury.
Aluminum is not normally found in the human body and can be obtained from antiperspirant sprays and roll-ons, as well as some vaccines. According to another study, a single underarm application of antiperspirant makes you absorb 0.012 percent of the aluminum (link). This may not seem much until you consider how much it adds up to throughout your lifetime.
Some Natural Deodorants May be Harmful, Too
Deodorants are believed to be safer than antiperspirants because they do not prevent you from sweating, but rather use antiseptic action against the bacteria that help neutralize the smell of your sweat. But even if some deodorants claim to be “aluminum-free,” they are just referring to the most commonly used types in antiperspirants, such as aluminum chlorohydrate, aluminum chloride, aluminum hydroxybromide, and aluminum zirconium.
Some health-conscious shoppers opt for “crystal” deodorant stones, a natural, “aluminum-free” deodorant alternative. However, some varieties contain potassium alum or potassium aluminum sulfate. These natural mineral salts are made from molecules that are too large to be absorbed by your skin, and instead form a protective layer that prevents odor-causing bacteria to proliferate. Many cancer treatment centers recommend these, but remember that they are not completely aluminum-free.
Dr. Mercola says you should choose a natural deodorant that is free of aluminum and made of toxin-free ingredients. He also recommends washing your armpits with plain soap and water to prevent bacteria growth.
Tanning your armpits under the sun is also a good idea. Dr. Mercola says that the UVB rays in the sunlight are highly effective germicidal agents. They sterilize your armpits and help maintain your optimal vitamin D sulfate levels.
Simple Tips to Prevent Breast Cancer
Breast cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer in U.S. women. One in eight women will develop it in her life. The American Cancer Society encourages women to get mammogram screening for breast cancer. However, Dr. Mercola says this dangerous examination is not efficient and can actually increase your risk of getting cancer.
To learn more, read Dr. Mercola’s article about the dangers of mammograms.
Instead of getting a mammogram, try these simple tips for breast cancer prevention.
- Avoid wearing tight or ill-fitting bras or those with underwire. These can cut off lymph drainage, which contributes to breast cancer development.
- Reduce your sugar or fructose intake to normalize your insulin levels. Fructose, in particular is very dangerous, because it actually speeds up cancer growth.
- Optimize your vitamin D levels. Having vitamin D levels between 60 to 80 ng/ml will greatly reduce your cancer risk. You can maintain optimal vitamin D levels through safe sun exposure, safe tanning beds, or oral vitamin D3 supplementation.
- Maintain a healthy body weight through healthy eating and exercising using high-intensity burst-type activities like Peak Fitness. Estrogen, a hormone created in fat tissue, may trigger breast cancer.
- Ingest high quality animal-based omega-3 fats, such as those from krill oil. Being deficient in omega-3s may increase your risk of cancer.
- Avoid or moderate your alcohol intake.
- Moms or moms-to-be are encouraged to breastfeed exclusively for up to six months to reduce breast cancer risk.
- Manage your iron levels. This is common among menopausal women. Excess iron in the body works as a powerful oxidant that increases free radicals and raises your risk of cancer. Ferritin, the iron transport protein, should not be above 80. Dr. Mercola recommends donating blood if your ferritin level is elevated.
Staying fresh and clean doesn‘t have to mean putting your health in danger. Stop using antiperspirants with aluminum and follow these simple and easy tips. They will help you stay fresh without putting your health on the line.