As we begin to breakdown some of the various stigmas of breasts, it is helpful to first understand the basic anatomy of breast tissue.
The green lines are lymphatic tissue. The function of lymphatic system is to move lymph, which is a fluid that contains infection fighting white blood cells. Examples of well known lymph nodes are the tonsils, adenoids, spleen and thymus. The nodes of the breasts are the little green circles.
- Lymphatic Tissue in green: Key application is understanding HOW lymph moves. It drains from the breast out toward the chest bone(sternum) and then to the arm pit.
- Notice all the nodes the armpit, which are greatly affected by shaving and applying deodorant.
- Bra consideration-wearing a bra can greatly slow down the drainage of lymph, much like a clogged drain pipe. We will go into more detail later.
Why is Aluminum in deodorant?
- Aluminium-based complexes react with the electrolytes in the sweat to form a gel plug in the duct of the sweat gland. The plugs prevent the gland from excreting liquid and they are removed over time by the natural sloughing of the skin.
- The metal salts work in another way to prevent sweat from reaching the surface of the skin: the aluminum salts interact with the keratin fibrils in the sweat ducts and form a physical plug that prevents sweat from reaching the skin’s surface.
- Aluminum salts also have a slight astringent effect on the pores; causing them to contract, further preventing sweat from reaching the surface of the skin. This blockage of a large number of sweat glands reduces the amount of sweat produced in the underarms.
Why is Aluminum bad?
“Aluminum is not normally found in the human body, so this study was a pretty clear sign that the metal was being absorbed from antiperspirant sprays and roll-ons. Please note that aluminum is typically only found in antiperspirants. Research, including one study published this year in the Journal of Applied Toxicology, has shown that the aluminum is not only absorbed by your body, but is deposited in your breast tissue and even can be found in nipple aspirate fluid a fluid present in the breast duct tree that mirrors the microenvironment in your breast. Researchers determined that the mean level of aluminum in nipple aspirate fluid was significantly higher in breast cancer-affected women compared to healthy women, which may suggest a role for raised levels of aluminum as a biomarker for identification of women at higher risk of developing breast cancer.”
Please click here to read the short article about aluminum from Dr. Mercola.
This is my favorite deodorant: Alvera Aloe and Almond