HOW TO NOT SMELL (TIPS FOR SWITCHING TO A NATURAL DEODORANT)

Over the years, I have made many attempts with using natural deodorants— trying different brands, DIY homemade versions, rocks, pastes, gels, etc.. And at first they’re alright but after about a week or 2, I always feel like I sweat more and would end up going back to a conventional deodorant + anti perspirant formula. KNOWING that what makes the anti-perspirant work is the aluminum zirconium but I always justified it, “Well if I’m taking care of all these other areas— diet, skincare, supplements, exercise— then I can have my ‘guilty pleasure’ chemical deodorant+anti perspirant,” right??

WRONG

A little over a month ago, I tested my hair for heavy metals + mineral status and had aluminum and zirconium show up IN MY HAIR! It shouldn’t have come as a surprise to me because I was well-aware that I was using something, almost daily, that contained aluminum but something about seeing it on paper, seeing that my lifestyle, genetics, etc wasn’t enough to keep it from accumulating to a more alarming level really triggered the need to change something.

Why is aluminum a big deal?

It is a considered a genotoxin ( a chemical that can cause changes to a cell that may lead to cancer) and a neurotoxicant (substance that negatively affects the nervous system). These can lead to changes in the brain impairing memory, energy, kidney and liver function (2 key organs for elimination of wastes). Studies do not state that it is carcinogenic (causes cancer) or that it causes Alzhiemer’s but regardless— the changes it causes to the brain and elimination organs get in the way of optimal function and as decreased efficiency and function starts occurring in the body, that’s when you pave the way for chronic disease.

The other concern (and the reason why after 1-2 weeks you cant handle natural deodorants and want to switch back to a conventional formula) is this: the anti-perspirant effect comes from aluminum’s ability to block sweat from being released from the sweat gland. Sweat is one of the ways the body eliminates waste and toxins through the skin (another key organ for elimination- I’ve now named 3 elimination organs affected by aluminum). By using anti-perspirant regularly, you’re holding on to this waste; when you make the switch, if you’ve noticed an increase in sweat (and stench ..gross but lets be adults) after a week or so it’s because you’re now releasing what you had been blocking off… yes, even more disgusting.

So now what?

It can be so uncomfortable but I came across a few things that helped the transition and might be helpful for you too if you decide it’s time.

  • Axillary detox: I thought this was fake when I first heard of it but it’s not! and it works! Mix some apple cider vinegar and bentonite clay, 1 teaspoon each + water to get to whatever consistency you like. Apply over the axillary (armpit) region, wait 10-20 min and rinse off. The idea is you’re drawing out waste and impurities to minimize that discomfort of increased sweat (and smell) when switching

  • Chlorophyll: you can get drops to put in your water or capsules, to alkalize your body and aid in more efficient elimination of waste

  • Probiotic and probiotic containing foods to build intestinal health with good bactiera that help prevent the absorption of toxins from the digestive tract.

  • More of these foods: flax seeds, chia seeds, leafy greens, buckwheat, brown rice, broccoli— all of these help the liver and digestive system efficiently remove waste

  • Tea: dandelion tea, green tea, rooibos tea. These are antioxidant and detoxifying.

I posted the natural deodorants that I like best on social media and products I like including the chlorophyll, probiotic and herbal teas are all available on my curated dispensary. If you want more information about doing a hair mineral analysis or a medically guided biotransformation program, contact us: info@drmusavvir.com

References: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5651828/#R4 , https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16045991

MY FAVORITE BEAUTY TOOL

If you've been following along with me on social media, you probably have seen that I am soon releasing my first product (!!)

This is really exciting and special for me because it's something I have been wanting to do but wanting to do in a way that felt right for me. With the growth of clean beauty products and the trend of cosmeceuticals, it was important for me come out with something that wasn't just a trend.. and furthermore something that was in line with my philosophies.

So why a gua sha?

The practice of healing massage has been around for centuries and even something I grew up with. My mom and all her sisters were (and are) avid skincare enthusiasts; they taught me from a young age that when it comes to skin, prevention is KEY. They taught me how to massage serums and creams on the face, the appropriate pressure, the correct direction and technique to prevent wrinkles (and to always, always wash my face at night, of course).

When I learned about gua sha, the practice of using a tool to massage the skin, all those memories and lessons came flooding back because many of the techniques are the same-- all using the basic principle of "up and out." But what makes gua sha even more fascinating is its long-standing use and practice of massage techniques that not only addresses skin concerns but also addresses organ imbalances according to Traditional Chinese Medicine. 

So for example- losing volume under the eyes and mid face which can give a "sagging" appearance; you can use a gua sha regularly to lift and tighten the skin but you can also use it along the stomach meridian on the body! Which, according to Traditional Chinese medicine is weak or imbalanced when you see that aging pattern. The light pressure in correct directions also helps promote movement and drainage of lymph (our body's filtration system). Taking it a step further, you can apply dietary and lifestyle principles to strengthen that organ system really taking a whole-body, slow beauty approach to aesthetics. 

(OK but what is gua sha??)

The practice of gua sha, a scraping massage, is said to improve signs of aging because the act of scraping is stimulating circulation bringing a fresh flow of blood and oxygen to the skin. This influx of nutrients, known in Traditional Chines Medicine as "Qi," enhances the skin's quality, reduces clogged pores, helps control acne, tightens the skin and promotes a radiant complexion

Traditionally gua sha was practiced in Ancient China using tools made out of the bian stone. This stone has rich history in Traditional Chinese Medicine and is said to have been the precursor to acupuncture. It was formed when a meteorite collided with the Earth and was used therapeutically when doctors in Ancient China noticed that musicians who played instruments made out of that stone were living longer. The stone is said to have over 40 trace minerals, has therapeutic healing properties from the infrared and ultrasonic pulses it created and from the negative ions it produces. Basically translates into an antioxidant or anti-aging effect that helps with pain, stress and wrinkles. 

For this reason, I have chosen to have my first product, a gua sha tool, made out of the bian stone which you can purchase here. I also chose bian over other stones because from my experience, it’s far less fragile— I have owned many gua shas in the past, all of which broke fairly quickly :( The design and thickness make it versatile for both use on the face and body.

The anti-aging and wellness benefits appear over time with regular and long-term use however there are some immediate benefits:

  • decreased muscular or sinus tension/pain

  • decreased puffiness (perfect after a night of drinking.. or eating too much gluten!)

  • refreshed and glowing face

 

 

 

MY TOP TRAVEL TIPS

It's finally summertime and that usually means well-deserved travel and fun. Travel and fun can make tough to maintain usual health and wellness habits though. Over the past few months I've been doing my fair share of running around and travel; as I prepare for my upcoming trip to LA I thought I'd share some of my tips to maintain wellbeing when usual resources or routine aren’t readily available.

Before I get into the tips of how to [try to] stay healthy while  traveling, I think its worth noting that much of these tips stem from minimizing stress in the body. And stress can be ANYTHING your body perceives as stressful; so that can include poor sleep from jetlag, poor quality or inflammatory foods (i.e. sugar and alcohol!), chemicals in the environment i.e. cigarette smoke, air fresheners/fragrance, smog... it doesn’t necessarily just have to be a mental feeling of “I'm stressed.”

Travel/moving/being out of your element is a stress to the body and finding ways to minimize that is KEY to staying in balance.

I put together a list of a few tips that I used to make traveling an overall healthier experience to stay well and glowing.

1.     Keep healthy snacks on hand. While airports and airplanes are getting better about including healthier options, they’re still not wide spread (and often not good + expensive!). Since being stressed uses up nutrients and effects the balance of good bacteria in your gut (which is important for immune function), having nutrient-filled foods will help your body deal with stress better. Conversely, eating poorly will create more inflammation, and therefore stress, on the body. If you’re going on a road trip, then all the more reason to make sure you well-equipped to avoid fast making any regrettable fast-food stops.

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2.     Bring a jump rope and resistance bands. It’s like having a portable gym and especially useful if you don’t have access to a gym. Getting your blood flowing and breaking a sweat regularly is key for helping your body deal with the effects of stress.

3.     Be strategic with your supplementation. If you don’t have a condition that requires you to bring all your supplements/medications, I recommend including at least these 3:

  • A travel friendly probiotic to help maintain a healthy digestive tract which will keep your immune system healthy. Here is one I commonly take and recommend for travel.
  • Electrolytes to help you stay hydrated. I like these because they also contain ionic trace minerals. (Tons of different flavors to choose from)
  • Antioxidants to help you deal with the effects of stress because stress causes damage to cells known as “oxidative stress;” so antioxidants are basically anti-oxidative stress! This is one of my favorite antioxidant supplements. (Use code SUPERNADIA for 20% off!)

My favorite, clinical-grade supplements can be found here in my curated online dispensary. Get the access code when you sign up for my newsletter, and for the rest of summer get 20% off all supplements!

4. Focus on hydrating, antioxidant skincare. Especially if you're traveling via airplane travel can be dehydrating; when skin becomes overly dry it typically compensates by overproducing oils which leads to acne. Pollutants can further irritate the skin. To minimize the amount of products I'm carrying, I recommend products that are both hydrating and loaded with antioxidants such as a sheetmask or mist. And don't forget SPF!

5. Pack a silk pillowcase. This will help keep your hair "fresh" longer and your skin more hydrated because cotton pillowcases draw the moisture away from your skin and hair. The fibers from the silk keep the products you apply where they are supposed to be rather than on your pillow allowing you get the most out of your products. They also help prevent tugging so you minimize the formation of fine lines and wake up with a smooth, rested face. 

Follow along on social media to see some my favorite brands and products I'll be taking with me!

REASONS TO SUPPLEMENT

Nutritional supplementation can be a touchy issue-- some people are all about it, others don't see the need and some will argue we can get everything we need from eating & living well... That may have been the case in the past but the sad reality is that's no longer true. 

We are exposed to more chemicals than ever before which deplete nutrients and have left the soil where we grow food devoid of minerals and nutrients that were so abundant before. 

Then there's modern lifestyle that needs to be factored in; we're constantly on the go, stressed and as a results not absorbing nutrients as efficiently, eating processed foods that are fast and convenient, excessive caffeine consumption to keep us going.. all of which further deplete nutrients! 

As if that's not enough, as a society, we take medications for EVERYTHING and many of these deplete nutrients. One common example: PPI's (proton pump inhibitors; a class of medication commonly given for acid reflux) and metformin (medication given for diabetes, PCOS) both deplete B vitamins. 

All that to say: we could probably all use some supplementation. If you need a place to start, check out my post on magnesium and browse my curated online dispensary. Need further support? Schedule a complimentary consult and learn more about customized supplement packets tailored to your needs.