You might have two thoughts now:
- Why is that interesting?
I also started thinking about the environmental impact of the ingredients. Most of the ingredients are synthetically manufactured. That worried me. And while cake is also synthetically manufactured, there are studies about how it's not that great for you either.
I thought about chemicals like proylene glycol washing down the drain in the shower and I got concerned. Then I started thinking about the "One Person" effect. I thought that maybe it would matter if I chose not to excrete a lifetime of those chemicals into the water supply. I went looking for alternatives. A natural skin-care product dealer told me that the rock crystals aren't that effective, so I decided to stick with a basic deodorant that had as many naturally-occurring ingredients as I could find.
Yes, I initially sweated more. But after a couple of weeks, not as much as I expected. I discovered a funny thing about our bodies and how they function: certain things are meant to happen; they happen for a reason. Sweat is one of those things. After a little while it appeared that my body got used to not having to work as hard to get things out that way. It slowed down; I returned to a less-remarkable amount of armpit sweat. I wasn't sad about this unexpected effect.
Two other things happened that I didn't expect (the interesting bits). I stopped getting stains in my shirts. I think most of us have come across a white or light-coloured shirt and decided that we couldn't wear it anymore because of the faint yellow stain -- "sweat stains", as they're commonly called. Well, did you know that it isn't just sweat that causes these stains? It's actually the chemical reaction between your sweat and the antiperspirant. No antiperspirant, no sweat stains, no need to get rid of that nice shirt because it's too embarrassing to wear. I have yet to see a stain on any new shirts since I made the switch.
The biggie: I don't get sick as much. Those who know me know that I am always sick; I always have a cold coming on. I have never been able to explain it other than to call it my poor immune system. Sometimes I blamed it on not eating well. But, no word of a lie, I have not had a full-blown, knock-me-out cold since I stopped wearing antiperspirant. I'm loathe to call it a placebo effect, because I wasn't expecting it. But if antiperspirant prevents one method of excreting toxins, then it makes sense to me that the build-up while they try to exit another way would contribute to toxins and germs having a negative effect on my body.
That's hardly conclusive scientific proof, but would anyone else like to offer a reasonable explanation? Because, if you don't believe that, suddenly having a tolerance/immunity to rhinovirus after 28+ years seems equally implausible.
*As a final note: I do own antiperspirant and will wear it on the rare occasion when I can't get away with any sweating. Like prom.