Is antiperspirant a good thing?

Is antiperspirant a good thing?


Did you know ... Two different types of sweat glands, the Eccrine and the Aprocrine, make up the approximately two million sweat glands in the the body. Eccrine glands are the more common of the two types. The Eccrine are found in the forehead, palms of the hands and soles of the feet, while the Aprocrine can be found in the armpits and the end of the hair follicles.


Is antiperspirant a good thing?

The two main elements that comprise sweat are water and sodium. Our bodies produce about 20% more sodium in our sweat when the sweat itself is generated from heat and exercise, or high production sweat.


Not all sweat is created equal. The Aprocine glands produce thick and sometimes yellow-ish sweat. This is because the sweat from the Aprocrine glands is comprised of fatty acids and protein. Sweat is actually odorless, but as it remains on the body it begins to decompose and mix with bacteria, hence the nasty smell.


Sweating is not only crucial for the body as a cooling mechanism, but researchers from Eberhard Karls University in Tuebingen, Germany have discovered that our sweat also contains an antibiotic called dermacidin that is capable of limiting infectious causing bacteria from harming our skin.


So what does all of this say about use of antiperspirants? Antiperspirants actually work to clog or close our pores with powerful astringents such as aluminum salt, which in effect prevents ours bodies from actually releasing our sweat and allows harmful amounts of aluminum to enter the body.


Deodorant on the other hand, neutralizes the bacteria that our sweat encounters on our skin allowing the sweat and bodily toxins out, preventing harmful metals in and essentially rendering the body aromatically neutral!

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