Strong or offensive body odor is an embarrassing problem that affects many. Although commercial chemicals may help to temporarily control body odor, they often don’t address the underlying cause. Body odor often occurs when inadequate bathing or hygiene fail to properly clean up the ‘messes’ our bodies make. Sweat contains bacterial activity, and allowing it to dry on the skin can produce body odor. Below, discover some natural and highly effective approaches to treat this common problem.
Combating the Problem
1. Apply natural, aluminum-free deodorants
A key function of sweat glands in your armpits is to excrete toxins from your body. Dangers can arise when we use ‘antiperspirants’, as these block the pores and do not allow the toxins to come out. Many antiperspirants are made with aluminum in order to halt the perspiration of sweat glands, and this aluminum is suspected of accumulating in the nervous system and ultimately contributing to nervous system disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease. Natural deodorant are a much better and safer option.
2. Spritz with apple cider vinegar
Vinegar is a natural antiseptic and can help lower the pH level of the skin for an anti-bacteria environment. Spritzing apple cider vinegar on odorous areas when you get out of the shower, then wiping the area dry, can help to eliminate offensive smells.
3. Take green supplements
Add a wheat grass or chlorophyll supplement to your daily vitamin routine. Such supplements act as natural deodorizers and can help keep you smelling fresh and cleaner.
4. Improve personal hygiene
Bathing at least once a day can help limit the bacteria population on your skin, which is the source of most body odors. Use a gentle, plant-based soap and lather up. Dry your body well after washing since bacteria grow best on damp skin.
5. Change your diet
Some food and spices may cause bad odors to exude through your pores after you eat them. This includes onions and garlic, as well as caffeinated drinks. Changing your diet to take out these items may improve your general body odor.
6. Apply witch hazel and tea tree oil
Witch hazel and tea tree oil are natural sterilizers. They lower the skin’s pH, making it difficult for bacteria to survive. Directly applying witch hazel and tea tree oil on your skin can serve as a regular deodorant. The witch hazel acts as an astringent and reduces sweating. The tea tree oil acts as an antibacterial agent.
7. Check your digestion and gut health
About 7% of people complaining of body odor do not completely digest particular foods because of enzyme deficiencies or digestive problems. So for regular support, people with body odor should take a probiotic supplement, as this will help boost intestinal flora quality. Taking digestive enzymes with meals may also be of benefit. Apple cider vinegar can also be effective in aiding digestion.
Sources: foodmatters.tv, wikihow.com, medicaldaily.com