Body odor is the secretion of foul-smelling perspiration. The sweat glands produce sweat which has no odor for several hours until bacterial action give it an odor. These sweat glands that are mostly found under your arms began working at puberty and are more active in men than women. While deodorant is an effective way of reducing the smell of body odor, there are many natural remedies for reducing and eliminating body odor. These remedies are easy to use and are quite effective when used regularly.
Causes of Body Odor:
- Body odors can be caused by an excess of toxins in the body which it is trying to eliminate. Meat eaters have more odor than vegetarians.
- Excessive body odor can also be caused by liver disease, diabetes, chronic constipation, and certain parasites.
- Some people give off an unpleasant odor because of a deficiency of zinc. Low levels of zinc have been linked to excessive sweating, which can make the problem worse. Food sources of zinc includes seafood, steak, liver, chicken, oats and also some nuts and seeds.
- Excessive alcohol intake can also increase the smell of your body odor.
Prevention and Natural Remedies for Body Odor:
- Wash your body more often, especially under arms and groin, use a good antibacterial soap or glycerin soap.
- Change your underwear at least twice a day and make sure your clothes are always clean. Choose natural fabrics (cotton and wool) to enable the absorbed sweat to evaporate from the body.
- Sprinkle a generous amount of Epsom salt to your bath tub and stay there for 15 – 25 minutes. Epsom salt help the body eliminate toxins. Repeat daily for one week. Then reduce to once a week.
- Fast one day a week on fresh fruit and vegetable juice and drink lots of pure water.
- Rub baking soda under your arms. It instantly neutralizes the acid fluid there which bacteria need. You can also try applying straight lemon juice to your underarms when you get out of the shower.
- Another method to help control body odor is to apply apple cider vinegar to a clean underarm.
- Take chlorophyll supplement (1tsp. 2-3 times daily) or wheatgrass juice. It is absorbed from the intestinal tract into the bloodstream and deodorizes the body.
- Add coriander, licorice and ginger to your diet. These herbs contain 20 chemicals with antibacterial action. Ginger has 17. Licorice contains up to 33% bacterial compounds.
- Goldenseal herb has the ability to kill bacteria in the intestines, which will reduce body odors.
- Use tea tree oil as replacement to your deodorant. Mix 1 oz. of water with 3 drops of tea tree essential oil, with a cotton ball, apply this mixture to your. Tea tree is an antibacterial herb, which kills the bacteria in sweat that causes body odor.