Why You Need Prebiotics in Your Deodorant
Temperatures are rising and summer is in full swing, so let’s talk about deodorants. With a huge range of options, it can be difficult to choose the best odor-stopper for you. While avoiding aluminum-heavy antiperspirants is a great start, it’s important to remember that not all deodorants are created equal. Allow us to direct you to prebiotic deodorants.
Deodorant and prebiotics might not be an obvious pairing. “Deodorant goes in my underarms and prebiotics go in my food,” you might say. Seems to make sense, right? But hear us out for a moment.
What Are Prebiotics?
Before we dive any deeper, what exactly are prebiotics? Basically, prebiotics are a strain of non-digestible dietary fiber that introduce good bacteria to your body. It’s important to note that prebiotics differ slightly from probiotics. Probiotics are good bacteria found in yogurt and kombucha, working specifically to aid in digestive health. A great metaphor to understand the difference between the two biotics is to imagine a garden in which the seeds are the probiotic bacteria and the sun is the prebiotic bacteria. Some common foods that have prebiotics are oatmeal, honey, onions, legumes and garlic. However, prebiotics can be introduced to the body in non-dietary ways too. This is where prebiotic deodorant comes in.
Good Bacteria vs. Bad Bacteria
When we sweat, it’s not the actual sweat that creates the bad odor but rather the bad bacteria (created from fatty foods, meat, etc.) “eating” your perspiration. So it would stand to reason that ridding ourselves of any unpleasant odor would mean killing all bacteria by showering very often. Not so fast. In fact, excessive cleanliness (something Western culture encourages) might be making your sweat stinkier by also killing the good bacteria that your body possesses. Instead, in an odd turn of events, the answer to better-smelling underarms may be adding more good bacteria to your body, which might mean lathering up less and definitely includes adding prebiotic deodorant to your wash-up regimen.
How Does Deodorant Work?
So, let’s quickly recap: Where soaps wipe out both good and bad bacteria, applying a prebiotic-heavy deodorant to your underarms can replace the good bacteria. Good bacteria destroys the bad bacteria and, in turn, can promote cleaner, less-odorous sweat. And, for those who aren’t the biggest fans of garlic or onions, using prebiotic deodorant daily might be a great way to give your body the good bacteria it craves.
Edens Garden’s natural deodorant harnesses the power of 100% pure essential oils and nontoxic, prebiotic ingredients to keep you feeling fresh all day and night. Our baking soda-free formula actively controls odor, detoxifies, and yields benefits of aromatherapy. For a full line of prebiotic deodorants, be sure to click here.