Body odor is completely normal, it’s the simple result of the interaction between sweat and bacteria on a person’s skin. Contrary to popular belief, body odor does not come from sweat because the latter is odorless.
There are bacteria in your armpits, on the groin area, near hair follicles and on the scalp. When these bacteria come in contact with the sweat produced by your glands, the release of chemicals causes body odor.
Sweating eliminates toxins from your body, so it’s normal for it to cause some odor. However, particularly bad-smelling sweat may be due to problems digesting dietary fats (causing a rancid odor) or a magnesium deficiency (producing a locker-room smell). In some people, the odor may be related to a yeast or bacterial infection of the skin (causing a yeasty or sickeningly sweet smell).
Gender also plays a role in determining body odor. A study conducted in Geneva, Switzerland found that women’s body odor resembles the smell of onions because it contains high levels of sulphur, which react with bacteria that feed on sweat. On the other hand, men’s sweat contains high levels of fatty acid, which react with bacteria from the underarm to produce a cheesy smell.
Your odorprint can also influence your health and relationships, even though our noses aren’t sensitive enough to consciously pick out one person from another. Body odor is easily detected by others in a close setting, like a romantic date, a job interview or a casual conversation with friends. Excessive sweating can also be seen through wet spots in clothing.
So what can you do to avoid these embarrassing situations?
Dr. Joseph Mercola warns that using an antiperspirant only increases your risk of getting Alzheimer’s disease. Among the common sources of aluminum, which, when absorbed by the body, wreaks havoc in the brain are antiperspirants. It would be good to avoid them unless you can find a natural, aluminum-free antiperspirant or deodorant brand.
Also another good idea are the antibacterial soaps, but even better is the regular soap. We know that an antibacterial soap kills bacteria, but triclosan, the active ingredient in most antibacterial soaps, has been found to kill human cells as well.
Here are some natural tips on how to reduce body odor:
– Take a chlorella supplement and/or probiotics – Chlorella helps eliminate odors and freshens breath while probiotics support oral health.
– Apply extra virgin coconut on your skin – the lauric acid it contains is a natural antibacterial.
– Consider a change in diet – Avoid red meat, which is one of main contributors to body odor, as well as foods lacking in fiber and those made with hydrogenated oils, added sugars and refined white flour. Adding more plants to your diet will help you perform “internal deodorization.” Try eating more leafy vegetables, greens, sprouts and fresh fruits. Mints and herbs like licorice, parsley, oregano, rosemary, cilantro and celery would also be useful.
– Try replacing your deodorant with lemon juice – Do a trial and error with the concentration. Taste the juice first to judge its acidity, which helps stop the growth of microorganisms on your underarms. If the juice is too acidic, your skin may suffer burns or develop redness and welts. If this happens, wait for several days before trying again.
– Use baking soda – Before you shower, pour a teaspoon of baking soda in your hand, close it and step into the shower. After stepping into the shower, let the water briefly seep into your closed hand. Apply the moistened baking soda to each armpit. After rinsing your armpits, you can proceed to your regular shower routine.