While most people use the terms antiperspirant and deodorant interchangeably, the two are not the same. Antiperspirants work by preventing perspiration from occurring. Deodorants allow perspiration but block odor. Deodorants accomplish this by killing the bacteria that cause odor or masking the odor. From a purely natural standpoint, it makes more sense for us to use deodorants, as it is a more natural process.
Of course none of us wants to emit an unpleasant, offensive odor, and some of us don’t particularly enjoy sweating. The fact is many personal care products that deal with these concerns contains aluminum as an active ingredient. Aluminum is also a known neurotoxin. Aluminum-free deodorants are perhaps the best alternative, and these products are growing considerably in both availability and number.
The Dangers of Using Products Containing Aluminum
Aluminum has been associated with a variety of health issues, including:
- Breast Cancer
- Alzheimer's Disease
- Bone Disorders
- Kidney Problems
Pit TKO is a All Natural Deodorant that uses Tea Tree Oil to kill the bad bacteria and essential oils for a wonderful scent. In addition, Pit TKO uses Arrowroot, Food Grade DE & Bentonite Clay to absorb moisture.
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