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Question:Do you think there' s a link betweenantiperspirant and breast cancer?
Answer:No one has really substantiated the supposed link between antiperspirant and breast cancer, although there is obviously logic to the idea that it' s unwise to block your body' s sweat glands, especially with those products containing aluminium salts. Many antiperspirants contain undesirable chemical preservatives called parabens. These can be absorbed and have been found in breast tumours, according to research by Dr Phillippa Darbre at the University of Reading.

If you perspire heavily and want to fix this, however, be aware that heavy perspiration is usually due to stress and blood sugar problems, or indicates a need to detoxify your body.

There are three things you need to do to balance your blood sugar and reduce stress: cut right back on sugar and stimulants such as tea and coffee; eat foods that release their sugar content slowly, such as oat-based foods (porridge, oat cakes, etc.), wholegrains, vegetables and fruit; and supplement lg of vitamin C, a B complex and 200mcg of chromium.

To detoxify your body, exclude meat, dairy products, refined foods, stimulants such as coffee and tea, and alcohol. Eat lots of specific detoxifying fruits and vegetables plus wholefoods, and drink plenty of water (1.5 litres), for about 20 days. The best fruits are fresh apricots, berries, cantaloupe, citrus fruits, kiwi fruits, papaya, peaches, mango, melons and red grapes; among the top vegetables are peppers, beetroot, broc- coli, carrots, spinach, tomatoes, watercress and beansprouts. White potatoes and avocado can be eaten in moderation.

As far as antiperspirants are concerned, avoid those with aluminium-based chemicals, which block the sweat glands or parabens. You' ll find plenty of choice in your local healthfood shop.

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