Information on Removing Body Odor

Published: 25th February 2010
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Do you have really bad body odor and you can't use deodorant because you are allergic to them? Or do you smell really bad, but you hate the smell of deodorant or it is toxic to you? Well if you do have it, then most likely you can be very embarrassing to be with when you are around friends or strangers.

Our body has two types of sweat glands- Eccrine sweat glands and Apocrine sweat glands. Eccrine glands are distributed all over the body. Apocrine sweat glands are located on the scalp, armpits and the genital area. Eccrine sweat contains water, and very small amounts of salt, urea, sugar and ammonia.

Ayurveda believes body odor is due to the presence of toxins in the body. The chief toxin that is responsible for the body odor is the ama, which is the buildup of undigested food material in the respiratory tract.

Watch what you eat because it's said you are what you eat. This makes sense when particular smells your body releases has people turn their back on you. Particularly spicy foods and those containing garlic can increase body odor so avoid these food types if possible.

Eliminating deodorant is important because most deodorants have aluminum as an ingredient. That may not seem like a big deal until you understand that aluminum is generally associated with brain atrophying diseases, including dementia and Alzheimer's, and that ninety percent of what you put on your skin makes it into your bloodstream.

A plant based diet also acts like a natural body deodorizer. Eating fresh herbs like cilantro, basil, parsley, sage, rosemary, thyme, mint, oregano, and cloves will help you to stay fresh.

Use an acne cleanser: If antibacterial soaps don't work try using an acne cleanser that contains benzoyl peroxide. It has strong antibacterial properties. Be careful, excessive use can cause drying and irritation. You can also try Neosporin or an antibacterial ointment.

As a general rule in preventing body odor, clothes should be changed and washed regularly. Such rules especially apply to items of clothing which come into contact with the body's sweaty areas, such as undergarments, shirts and socks.

If your body odor is associated with excessive sweating, it will be reduced significantly by taking steps to cut down on sweating, including physician-strength sweat-prevention preparations, semi-permanent Botulinum toxin injections (6-9 months relief) or in extreme cases, removal of sweat glands.

Sauna: Everyone knows what a sauna does. It makes you sweat. Sweating is the body's way of keeping cool, yes, but also to get rid of the bad stuff. A simple 15 minute session in the sauna can clean your system and rejuvenate your energy and mind unlike anything else.

Applying extra virgin coconut oil to your skin may also help. This is because the oil contains lauric acid which kills bacteria. You could also apply talcum powder to the armpits of your clothes and rub it in (don't forget to remove the evidence from dark clothing by rubbing it off from the outside).

All foods that are not natural, or plant-based will cause the body to become toxic over time. They do not have a pleasant smell. It is very simple, what goes into the body, must come out, and if we put in toxic or dead food, it will not come out smelling very fresh.

If you believe excess sweating is the cause of the body odor, talk to your doctor and keep a log remembering to write down what factors and when you are sweating the most.


Read about natural remedies, also read about remedies for gout and common eye problems

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