Did you know that psoriasis sufferers are 1.5 - 3x more likely to develop nonalcoholic fatty liver disease? The exact reason why is not known (citation) - but what that says to me is that anyone dealing with psoriasis should be taking special care of their liver! There are many ways to take better care of your liver, like: eating more veggies/fruit, eating more fiber, exercising regularly, drinking alcohol sparingly if at all, avoiding/reducing toxin exposure, taking supplements like milk thistle (citation) - and one more step that I take is not using antiperspirant deodorant. Antiperspirant stops you from getting sweaty pits, which might sound nice, except there's a catch.
Your liver and kidneys are your body’s main detoxification pathways - but they recruit the skin for help when the load becomes too much. By not preventing your body from sweating (and making sure that you actually DO sweat regularly!), you can rest assured that you're making life for your liver a little easier. Promoting natural detoxification encourages the reduction of inflammation across the body - which is another common feature of psoriasis and autoimmune diseases. Even if you don't have an autoimmune disease, it's well worth it to support your liver in its all important job of removing toxins.
What do I use for deodorant, then? I make my own! Natural deodorant doesn't prevent you from sweating (like antiperspirants do), so while you may need to accept (and learn to love..!?) sweatier pits than if you’ve been on antiperspirants, of course you want a deodorant that keeps the stink in check! I got you covered.
The whole business starts with a jar and some coconut oil. In true zero waste fashion, this is an upcycled jar. The coconut container is made of glass with a metal lid - much more easily recycled than plastic.
Next, time for some baking soda. As you get used to how this deodorant works for your body, you can adjust the baking soda amount accordingly. More baking soda will give you more anti-stink control. This baking soda came in a cardboard box - also easy to recycle.
To finish, add some essential oils! Lavender is a nice and calming scent that is great to catch whiffs of all day long. If you find that isn't enough to stop the stink, adding other essential oils like tea tree oil and/or sage oil can help a lot.
eat yer veggies
Caylee Clay is a Registered Dietitian-Nutritionist & yoga teacher specializing in psoriasis & food sustainability. By following her own health path with a goal of naturally putting her psoriasis into remission, she is a top resource for other psoriasis sufferers. Also, she believes that healthy living & sustainability go hand-in-hand — every bite you take has the power to improve both the world and your health!