A little more about Antiperspirants

Deodorants and antiperspirants have become absolute essentials in the 21st-century hygiene routines. Antiperspirants are a multi million dollar industry that function as essential beauty products, or even a simple gift for friends and family. But how safe are these products really? So many people complain about irritation when applied directly on the skin, not to mention rashes and irritations especially if your skin is sensitive; and the risk of some dangerous diseases!

Well, the human body HAS to perspire. The sweat glands are merely doing their job. Sweating, or the production of fluid by various glands over your body’s surface, helps cool you down, keeping your internal body temperature consistent. Your armpits not only produce sweat in response to increased body temperature, but they also have glands that make fluid when you feel stressed. That sweat, when it sits in the warm, dark atmosphere of your armpits, allows odor-producing bacteria to flourish.

And what do you do to cope with the odour? You use deodorants and antiperspirants that eliminate the odour and make the armpits and yourself smell fresh and fragrant. No one’s expecting anyone to do nothing to deal with the odour, but have you really thought whether what you’re doing is the right thing or not? Are the deodorants and antiperspirants really just solving the *problem* or are they creating more *problems* and *risks* for you to tackle? The answer to the previous question is a big YES!

Most commercially available deodorants are chemical based which blocks pores to prevent sweating. This causes a toxic build up in sweat glands and lymph nodes. In the long run, chemical deodorants may cause cancer and Alzheimer’s. They could be responsible for respiratory allergies for some people too. Truth be told, there can be some negative health consequences associated with regular antiperspirant use. Here are some of the chemicals used in antiperspirants that might be harmful:

Aluminium

Aluminium is a natural metal that’s mixed with most other minerals to create alloys. But it’s a heavy element which means it could have negative repercussions when in contact with skin. More research is needed in this area, but many scientists believe that the aluminium in antiperspirants, used to keep sweat from exiting the body, could be linked to the development of breast cancer and Alzheimer’s.

Parabens

Estrogen function in the body may be affected if multiple body care products containing parabens are used at once

Phthalates

These chemicals help the products they are in stick to the skin. They may interfere with reproductive health in men and women.

Triclosan

This chemical kills bacteria, and it’s used in many products. Research is increasingly showing that triclosan can interfere with hormone activity and gut bacteria health. In fact, the FDA in the United States has recently banned triclosan in soaps and hand washes. The ban does not extend to other products like deodorant.

There is growing scientific awareness about the human microbiota: the mass of bacteria and fungi that live on our skin, as well as in our saliva and guts, play a vital role in maintaining good health. The fuss about antiperspirants is just that they interfere with the natural process and they’re more harmful than you think they are. Please use your beauty products carefully and safely. Take responsibility for your health and do the right thing. You cannot be ignorant in today’s day and time and have yourself exposed to products that could be harmful. Switch to products that have fewer chemicals and less adverse effects on your health. Choose your happyness!

Haldi Hacks for Skincare and Diet

Indian cooking has always been associated with its perfect blend of spices. Amongst these is Turmeric, also lovingly known as Haldi. Turmeric is what gives Indian food that beautiful yellow colour and it’s one of the most nutritious spices in the world. A cherished cousin of ginger, turmeric is a root that accounts for an excess of uses in our kitchens and lives. Bright orange-yellow in colour with a heady fragrance, turmeric has a unique earthy taste, with a touch of citrusy bitterness and the numbing punch of pepper. Its incredible list of healing properties includes antioxidant, antiviral, antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-carcinogenic, anti-mutagenic and anti-inflammatory which makes it an essential ingredient and the reason your Naani insists on adding it to everything.
Indian kitchens have already discovered countless uses for turmeric in their dishes. ts usage has been long embedded in the ancient Ayurvedic practice and has been cited to promote the holistic health of the body – this has resulted in increased usage of it in the Western world too. Considering the number of health benefits it has to offer, this powerful spice can be added to a variety of dishes in order to keep improving the quality of our lives. Add turmeric powder to curries, smoothies, warm milk, salads, stir-fried dishes and in just about any other way you feel like. While there are turmeric supplements also available, raw turmeric is considered to be the most effective. Here are some benefits of using Haldi in your cooking.

Relief from Arthritic Pain

Turmeric’s anti-inflammatory properties have been instrumental in treating osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. The antioxidant also destroys the free radicals in the body that damage the cells. Anybody suffering from the condition should consume the spice on a daily basis to relieve themselves of mild joint pains and inflammation, though it should be understood that it does not stand as a substitute for medication.

Improves Digestion

When consumed raw while suffering from a digestive problem, turmeric can help treat the condition. The major components of the spice stimulate the gallbladder to produce bile, instantly making the digestive system more efficient. It is also known to reduce symptoms of bloating and gas.

Boosts Immunity

Lipopolysaccharide – a substance in turmeric with anti-bacterial, antiviral and anti-fungal agents helps stimulate the human immune system. Take a teaspoon of the spice powder in a glass of warm milk daily and you’ll see it work wonders as it reduces your chances of catching flu.

Healing Properties

Turmeric is every mother’s pet suggestion to treat any cut, burn or infection. Its natural antiseptic and anti-bacterial properties make it an effective disinfectant. The powder can be sprinkled on the affected area to help it heal faster. Instead of turning to a pill, the next time you experience an upset stomach or heartburn, try this super spice instead.
Turmeric can be consumed in either food or used in skin care because of its long list of positive attributes. Now, we know you’ve been to countless Haldi ceremonies where brides and bridegrooms are doused in Milk and Haldi to make them glow on their happy day. But haldi can be so much more!
Here’s how to incorporate Haldi in your skin care for that beautiful supple glow:
Turmeric Face Mask
Heat up a teaspoon of raw honey in the microwave for 10 to 15 seconds.
In a dish, combine the honey with a teaspoon of turmeric and a teaspoon of milk or yoghurt.
Wash your face, pull your hair back, and apply the mask to your face using your fingers or a spoon. If you don’t want your fingers stained yellow, wear gloves when applying the mask.
Relax for 20 to 30 minutes as you let the mask dry and harden.
Rinse the mask off with warm water, moving your fingers in tiny circles to take advantage of turmeric’s exfoliating ability.
This turmeric mask will help clear and smooth your skin, minimize the appearance of pores, and make your skin appear fuller and plumper. If the turmeric stains your face, simply wipe it off with a facial toner.

Turmeric Potion

For all the Harry Potter fans, here’s an easy-to-make concoction that will make you happy and healthy.
Boil two cups of water.
Add half a teaspoon of ground turmeric.
Stir, and then cover.
Simmer for 10 minutes.
Filter through a tea strainer.
Sip and enjoy.
You can drink this cold or hot. Add a sweetener such as honey, or drop a piece of ginger root into your mug to punch up the taste.
The next time your Naani asks you what you’re up to, tell her, her advice is the reason you have glowing skin!

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