Sure, we all know the gaseous issues that come with certain foods. There is the also the belching. Yet, have you ever stopped to ponder the pits? No? Well, join me, today, as we think about the history of our underarms and what we might be doing to make them disgusting.
I sweat. I sweat a lot. I have many times joked that I'm none too happy with my father, because the things I got from him were his nose, and his ability to sweat beyond belief. Perspiration has long been a problem for me. Thus, the stench of it has also been an issue. Throw on some massive deodorant products, and I then started to battle crusty, chemically coated armpits in each and every top and dress I have owned.
One day I thought to myself sweaty self, "Sweaty Self, you sweat. You will always sweat. Even antiperspirants do not stop the sweating. However, they do muck up your clothing. Not to mention, you are caking chemicals onto your body. Boo. So, perhaps it's time to just focus on the smell and stop with this losing battle of drippy pits."
And I did. I was super happy. I had always been the chic with the sweat rings, but now I wore them proudly. They weren't going anywhere. I knew that sweating was good for me, so I did it - well! I tried the deodorant crystal, but still had some odor. Not every day, but on the "bad days" I could knock someone over. I then made my own deodorant cream, fell madly in love, and have never turned back. I have not touched store bought deodorant in over two years. Meet my magic:
1 TB baking soda
1 TB cornstarch
1 tsp olive oil
1 TB shea butter (melted)
5-10 drops of essential oil (optional)
I added the shea butter over a year ago. I would get a little red and splotchy with my original concoction, and the shea butter keeps me all smooth and splotch-free. One batch always lasts me about two months. A little goes a very long way.
Okay, I have caught you up. NOW, let me tell you about the other changes I have seen this past year.
My diet directly affects my stinkage.
Seriously. Garbage in, fart/sweat out.
I used to believe what I was told - the actual smell comes from bacteria on our skin. Just believed it. Never actually thought about it or considered challenging this theory.
I got out of the habit of putting on deodorant every morning. Instead, I only put it on if I noticed that I needed it. Then, the more vegetarian and vegan we ate, the less and less and less I used my cream. I would go days. A few weeks ago, as I ran across others discussing the same things, I started to pay attention to my stinky days. And wadda' ya' know? They directly correlate to consuming processed products, dairy or meat. Ohhhh, and coffee. If we had an extremely stressful week and ate out a lot, or if we had treated ourselves too much ... out came the deo.
"Conventional doctors like to say it's due to bacteria living in your armpits. But that's ridiculous: our entire bodies are covered with bacteria, not just our armpits," says Mike Adams, the Health Ranger Editor of NaturalNews.com.
Hey, that makes sense!
Okay, so we know that our diets affect our weight, our hearts/blood sugar, our libido and our depression/anxiety.
Now we know it affects our pits.
You are what you eat. Literally.