Excessive underarm sweating and odor is a common cosmetic issue that’s not only embarrassing, but also quite persistent, mostly because it takes a lot of time and effort to deal with.
There are bacteria in the armpits, near hair follicles, on the scalp and on the groin area. When the sweat comes in contact with bacteria, the release of chemicals causes unpleasant body odor.
Our body doesn’t stink, the smell is caused by the bacteria that react with the food that we consume.
Body odor usually varies from person to person. However, some types of smell can tell that there is some health problem. If the body odor smells like bleach, then the person may have kidney or liver disease. A person suffering from trimethylaminuria, a rare genetic condition, smells like fish. Diabetics have a fruity body odor.
Gender also plays a role. Women often smell like onions, because of high levels of sulphur. Men smell like cheese because of high levels of fatty acid.
Using an antiperspirant increases the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Antiperspirants contain aluminum, which can be dangerous when is absorbed.
Antibacterial soaps on the other hand contain triclosan, an ingredient that kills human cells.
Body odor is not a serious body condition but can be a problem for our self-esteem.
Here we will present you some natural tips that will help you to reduce body odor:
1. 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.
2. Use baking soda – Mix a teaspoon of baking soda with a few drops of water. Apply the moistened mixture on the armpits. Rinse it regularly, with water. After this, you can proceed with your shower routine.
3. Apply extra virgin coconut on your skin – the lauric acid it contains is a natural antibacterial.
4. Replace your deodorant with fresh lemon juice – Acidity from lemons stops the growth of microorganisms. But, before applying it, make sure that the juice is not too acidic, it may burn your skin.
5. Take a Chlorella supplement or probiotics – Chlorella eliminates body odor and also freshens breath. Probiotics support oral health.