At a glance natural deodorants and natural products as a whole, are made with earth-derived materials and they tend to have a short ingredients that are easy to pronounce. They aim to avoid nasty chemicals. In cosmetics and skincare, interest is surging for natural products that specifically omit aluminum.
The evidence that aluminum may have a role in neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s is growing. According to CDC, adults in the US consume seven to nine mg of aluminum per day in food. Once in your body, aluminum crosses your blood-brain barrier. Over time, aluminum can accumulate in your brain and damage your neurological health—regardless of your age. People with aluminum toxicity display many of the same symptoms as those with dementia, Parkinson’s, ADHD, autism, and other neurological diseases, because aluminum targets the same areas of your brain and nervous system.
• Red meats cooked in aluminum foil showed an increase in aluminum by 89 to 378 percent
• Poultry increased by 76 to 214 percent
• Aluminum levels increased with higher cooking temperatures and longer cooking times
• Soda and beer cans
• Juice pouches
• Water bottles
• Baking powder
• Self rising flour
• Processed foods
• Coffee machines and kitchen gadgets
• Toothpaste with aluminium oxyhydroxide.
• Antiperspirants containing aluminum chloride, aluminum chlorohydrate, or aluminum-zirconium compounds.
If an aluminum-metal compound, such as the highly-soluble aluminum chlorohydrate or aluminum zirconium, is used as an antiperspirant, that compound is readily absorbed. Once in the body, the aluminum portion of the molecule ionizes, forming free, radical aluminum in the blood. This passes freely across cell membranes, forming a physical plug that, when dissolved, is randomly absorbed by the liver, kidney, brain, cartilage, and bone marrow.
It is this concentration of aluminum metals used in antiperspirants which has concerned the medical field, prompting research on Alzheimer’s Disease. Potential correlation between aluminum concentration in the blood and these diseases have been discovered.
Deodorants that are made from aluminum chloride, aluminum chlorohydrate, or aluminum-zirconium compounds should not be confused with potassium alum (KAl(SO4)2•12H2O) a colorless, octahedral and cubic salt crystal. Unlike aluminum, a heavy metal, alum is a salt. Further, potassium alum molecules have a negative ionic charge, making them unable to pass through the cell walls. The effects alum exhibits on odor-causing bacteria remain on the skin’s surface, not in the blood.
To avoid further exposure to aluminum, check the ingredients, and remove the products above at your discretion. Here is some low hanging fruit:
• Stop using aluminum foil
• Buy glass bottles instead of cans (sorry Lacroix lovers)
• Throw away cosmetic products with aluminium oxyhydroxide, aluminum chloride, aluminum chlorohydrate, or aluminum-zirconium compounds
Additionally, there are chelating agents that have demonstrated ability to aid your bodies natural detox of heavy metals. Consider adding the following to your diet:
Silica-rich water (like Fiji water) – Research showed that drinking up to one liter of a silicon-rich mineral water daily for 12 weeks effectively excreted aluminum via the urine, without detrimental effects on essential metals such as iron and copper.
Turmeric – Research suggests that curcumin (found in turmeric) delays neuron degradation, chelates metals, decreases microglia formation, and has an overall anti-inflammatory, antioxidant effect. Studies have shown that curcumin can help improve memory in Alzheimer’s patients.
Melatonin – Research shows melatonin can travel freely across all cellular barriers, facilitating the removal of toxic metals such as aluminum.
In summary, mounting evidence suggests that heavy metal and aluminum exposure is potentially damaging to your body. It’s probably a good idea to reduce your exposure where possible and supplement your bodies natural detoxifying capabilities. If there are clearly safe, effective, alternative products, why wouldn’t you switch?
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