It's October's Breast Cancer Awareness Month and at HSFT, we're sharing ideas on health & wellness and issues affecting women. In honor of the fight against breast cancer, we're giving 20% of the proceeds from our "Pink Crown" embroidered baseball hat this month to our local breast cancer support services. Live. Love. Wear. Share.
You're already purposefully picking produce in the organic section of the grocery store. You've got an entire Pinterest board dedicated to "all natural" household cleaning options and you buy white vinegar in bulk. You get it. Why take any chances? Harsh chemicals can reek havoc on your health! But what about that stick you slather under your arm pits every day?
It's the Pits
Did you know your deodorant may be bad for you? It's no secret that in recent years, research and laboratory studies have pointed to a possible links between cancer and chemical ingredients found in traditional deodorants and antiperspirants.
While there is conflicting information out there about how strongly some of this research correlates to cancer, there is no denying that many deodorants are full of harsh chemicals. We rub these chemicals repeatedly into our underarms, where it is quickly absorbed by our skin and close to breast tissue. That is a scary thought to a group of researchers in the U.K. who think that each of the chemicals used in many beauty products are concerning on their own, let alone when they are combined in one product.
The Repeat Offenders
There are many chemicals and ingredients in deodorant and antiperspirant considered questionable for a variety of reasons. Here's a look at 3 big offenders.
Aluminum - This is a heavy metal and it is used in most deodorants and antiperspirants. It helps to literally clog the pores of our underarms and stop the sweating. Easily absorbed into the skin, it's thought to cause changes in the estrogen receptors in the body. Long-term use of products with aluminum are thought to increase risk of breast cancer and have been linked to Alzheimer's. While studies remain some what controversial about what aluminum's long-term risks truly are, we'd just prefer to play it safe.
Parabens - A quick glance on the back of most cosmetic or body products and you'll likely find they contain a paraben. Parabens are typically "YL" words like ethyl, methyl, and benzyl and they are particularly worrisome to our health. Research indicates parabens can mimic estrogen in the body, disrupt our hormonal balance and lead to early puberty in children. It's also been linked to hormone related-cancer. There are so many products now made paraben-free. Check out this website for a full list of paraben-free options.
Triclosan - This is actually listed as a pesticide by the FDA, and um, Ewwwww! If you buy only organic fruits and veggies to avoid pesticides, why would you want it in your deodorant? It's particularly harsh on the skin and can cause dermatitis. Triclosan kills the odor causing bacteria underneath your arm. The problem is, it also kills our body's good bacteria. And believe it or not, good bacteria is super important to our health. Triclosan is thought to alter hormone levels and mess with bacteria resistance.
Going Green to Smell Clean
We love using all-natural and organic products as we strive to maintain a healthy HSFT lifestyle. It may seem a daunting task and a poignantly pungent proposition to "go green" with your deodorant, but these days there are some truly amazing all-natural deodorants, free of harsh chemicals. Piper Wai, Schmidt's Natural Deodorant, Captain Blankenship's Lime & Vetiver cream deodorant, and Soapwalla's Deodorant Cream are just a few of the of the ones we've put to the test and love. They are thoughtful products, some are also vegan, and even the packing is beautiful. And as luck would have it, they fit perfectly in our canvas zipper HSFT clutch so you can Have Some Fun Today and smell amazing. Live a healthy, beautiful life and HSFT!
A cool morning is the the perfect weather to wrap our chilled hands around a warm mug. Crisper temps and a warm beverage are always soothing and satisfying, but instead of the usual Morning Blend or Hazelnut Roast, choose something that will warm you up and give you good health!
Time for Tea
Craving a cup of warmth and comfort throughout your day? Skip the java jolt and take time for tea. We love to sip tea from our Have Some Fun Today mug for long days in the studio and when we are crafting ideas at the computer. True tea comes in black, oolong, white and green and is derived from the Camellia Sinesis plant. Tea has long been known to be full of antioxidants, catechins, and polyphenols. What that really means is there's a chemistry to that tiny tea bag, steeping in your cup. And it's good for you.
There's a reason tea has been around in many cultures for thousands of years. Its tradition and ceremony is well-known throughout the world, but so is its healing properties and health benefits.
Green tea has been proven to lower cholesterol. Amino acids and antioxidants in all tea give it high marks for reducing inflammation, aiding metabolism and digestion, and increasing heart health. Polyphenols are thought to inhibit cancer growth and increase neurological health. There's a laundry list of diseases and ailments that tea is thought to support the body in preventing and fighting. It's like an insurance policy in a tea bag.
Many herbal teas have no caffeine so they are safe to sip all day long. Even caffeinated tea like a black tea or an oolong have less caffeine than a coffee counterpart. Herbal teas are often blended with specific herbs and plants for everything from better sleep and digestion to helping with stress and colds. Traditional Medicinal's has a line of teas including Digestion Aid, Throat Coat, Nighty Night and Breathe Easy. They're inexpensive and easy enough to find at your local grocery store.
Now this is an easy recipe for good health. Grab your HSFT mug, (that's a great way to remember to Have Some Fun Today!) and before you reach for the coffee or your morning smoothie, fill with hot water, and squeeze in a few lemon wedges. Sip. Voilà, you've just given your body the biggest boost to seize the day ahead.
Starting the day with hot water and lemon before you've put anything else into your body offers a myriad of amazing health benefits. Lemons are full of things like magnesium, potassium, calcium, vitamin C, and pectin fiber. So drinking warm lemon water gives you a hydrating boost, balances your pH, nourishes the skin, reduces high blood pressure, aids metabolism and cleanses the liver. And that's just the half of it. Easy peasy, Lemon Squeezey. Yes, please!
It's all how you choose to Have Some Fun Today and sometimes good health can be as simple as making better choices. Good health means good vibes. And good vibes mean having some FUN every day. Live. Love. Wear. Share. And take a sip to your health!
Written and contributed by HSFT writer Rebecca Doubek who loves a good cup of tea