How To Do an Underarm Detox

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If you have tried to change to natural deodorants with no success than this you post is for you! I hear many stories from people and their continuous failed attempts at finding a natural deodorant that actually works for them. I myself struggles with this problem for years until I learned what my body needed to make the transition work. This post will share with you how to do an underarm detox and why you should do one!

My  Natural Deodorant Struggle

I began my quest for natural deodorant over a decade ago! I tried my fair share of natural deodorant brands and even tried my own recipes in search for a more natural alternative to deodorants. The more I talked to others who were on the same quest, I learned that many of them had the same struggle as I had. I began to research the problem more and found out was very interesting and insightful so of course I had to try it out for myself first!

What I Learned

If you have been using conventional deodorants or antiperspirants for years, a lot has been absorbed into the skin. Once you stop using the chemicals, there are toxins that have to leave the body first and allow you to make a fresh start.

When making the transition from conventional deodorants to more natural ones, many experience the occurrence of uncomfortable rash or excessive sweating and odor which makes them think the natural products don’t work. But, in most cases, what might be missing is just a successful armpit detox.

Commercial deodorants often contain potentially harmful compounds that could damage your health. The research on this is ongoing, but a mere look at the list rings alarm bells such as the neurotoxin that may be contained in your deodorant.

Make sure to check the labels for yourself when buying a deodorant. Here are just a few example of what is lurking in store-bought deodorants and antiperspirants that could be causing harm to your body:

Aluminum – Linked it to Breast Cancer and Alzheimer’s disease.
Parabens – Hormone Disruptor; traces have been found in breast cancer tissue.
Formaldehyde – Carcinogenic substance.
Phthalates – Hormone disruptor; linked to infertility.
Antibacterial Substances – Negative effect on the immune system function and affects hormonal balance. The FDA recently came out and is banning many of these substances
Propylene glycol – AKA Antifreeze. GROSS!

Putting all these potentially toxic substances where they can be easily absorbed into the blood stream does not seem like such a great idea. In addition, there are lymph nodes in your armpits and around the neck, which play an important role in fighting off disease. So, loading them up with toxins  can be causing hormonal imbalance and can seriously affect the body’s immune response.

A detox for your underarms is highly recommended as a great way to help remove those impurities and toxins that are being stored in the body, which will allow your natural deodorant to work effectively.

How To Do an Underarm Detox

Ingredients:

  1. Mix the clay and apple cider vinegar.  It should be a smooth consistency like sour scream. Add in 3 drops of your favorite citrus essential oil. I like to use Purification by Young Living for its detoxifying benefits. Use a glass bowl for mixing and a wooden or non-metal spoon (avoid metal).
  2. Spread a thin layer of this mixture on your armpit and leave it on for 20 minutes.
  3. If you feel any pain, remove the mix immediately. Some redness is normal, as the blood flow to the area is increased, but it usually disappears within 15 minutes or so.
  4. Remove the mask gently with a washcloth and have a warm shower.
  5. Repeat this detox every other day until you can see that the body has adjusted to the natural deodorant and the unpleasant odor is gone. Allow at least a week for your underarm detox to work and don’t let some initial discomfort deter you and leer you back to commercial deodorants. This transition phase is temporary as the body is re-adjusting to more natural products.

Additional Helpful Tips

  • Drink plenty of water to further stimulate the cleansing process.
  • Try dry brushing your skin – this will improve lymph and blood circulation. Dry brushing involves using a dry brush to brush the skin in a particular pattern. You start from your feet and make your way up. Use long circular movements in the direction of the center of the body, towards your heart. When brushing armpits, use circular clockwise motions. You can learn more about the benefits of dry brushing here.

 

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How to do a Nourishing Soup Detox

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I love doing regular detoxes for my body to help remove toxins and boost my body full of nutrients to help improve overall health and wellness. I have typically done juice detoxes and eliminations diets, but I recently came across something new that is a great detoxifying alternative in the colder months. This post will share with you how to do a Nourishing Soup Detox.

What is a Nourishing Soup Detox?

During the colder months, when our bodies tend to crave warmth and comfort, juice at every meal isn’t very appealing. Soups can easily be packed with tons of nutrient based foods providing the ultimate comfort food essential to heal the body during a detox. It makes perfect sense as a wintertime alternative to detoxing. Soup offers many benefits. Since most soups rely primarily on vegetables rather than fruits, they are super low on the glycemic scale, and are packed with fiber, which makes it hearty and satisfying. a proper cleanse needs nutrients that support the body’s innate detoxification systems and anti-microbials to kill the bad bacteria in the gut, which are a common source of toxicity.  Soup is a great way to deliver those nutrients to the body, as the food does not have to be chewed as much and it’s easier on the digestive system.

Pressing juice removes the fibers and pulps of fruits that are meant to be consumed. You get a lot of nutrients, but miss out on quite a bit of fiber which offers health benefits as well.  Soup generally packs more protein and fewer carbs than a green juice and is less likely to cause blood sugar levels to spike or plummet. A detox soup takes many of the healthiest ingredients possible and puts them together in one pot. They usually involve pureeing or blending the vegetables up, or at the very least chopping them into bite-sized pieces. This makes the soup easy to digest so your body can absorb and utilize all of the nutrients more easily. The best part about these recipes is that the focus is still on taste, so you’re getting a detox dose of vitamins and minerals which is satisfying to eat and is much easier to consume.

Making these soups with nutritious homemade bone broth will add extra nutrients and minerals to your soup. Store bought broth will not have the same nutritional value as homemade, not even close. You can learn more about the benefits of homemade bone broth here as well as a recipe for how easy it is to make your own. This will be the base to many nutritious and delicious soups that you can include in your detox. Here are some nourishing soup detox recipes that can get you started!

Nourishing Soup Detox Recipes

Detox Vegetable Soup by the Healthy Maven

Turmeric Broth Detox Soup by Feasting at Home 

Detox Crockpot Lentil Soup by Pinch of Yum

Cucumber Detox Soup by Dr. Axe

Turmeric Carrot Ginger Detox Soup by Organic Authority 

Oh She Glows Eat Your Greens Detox Soup by Vegan Miam

Veggie Detox Soup by Kris Carr

Ayurvedic spinach Mung Detox Soup by One Green Planet

Cleansing Detox Soup by The Glowing Fridge

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Homemade Flavored Hot Chocolate

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When the weather starts cooling off one of our favorite treats to enjoy is homemade flavored hot chocolate. Store bought flavored hot chocolate can contain nasty additives and ingredients so we try to avoid them as much as possible. Making your own homemade version is so easy and a much healthier alternative. Here is my recipe for homemade flavored hot chocolate that my family loves!

Homemade Flavored Hot Chocolate

When using essential oils internally it is important to make sure that your essential oil brand is safe for consumption.  If your oil brand is safe for consumption then it should have a supplement facts box with specific use instructions and warnings.  Here is the brand of Essential Oils that i use and recommend for consumption.

  1. Heat 4 cups of milk in a saucepan on medium-high heat.
  2. Add 6 tablespoons unsweetened raw cocoa, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, and 4 teaspoons honey; whisk until smooth.
  3. When warm, remove from heat and mix in essential oil.
  4. Serve and enjoy!

With essential oils in the kitchen it is important to know that a little goes a long way! One drop really is enough. Add one drop to a toothpick to mix in the essential oil of your choice. Essential oil flavors I recommend are :

  • Orange
  • Cinnamon
  • Lavender
  • Peppermint

You can click here to learn more about where to find these pure essential oils which I personally use and recommend.

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