Body odour is a major concern for most people today. It is unpleasant, embarrassing and reduces our confidence. A person who has body odour cannot help, but be preoccupied with a nagging doubt whenever he or she is in the company of others.
Sweat is the body's way to help cool your body and maintain body temperature. It can also be a response to stress or anxiety and helps your body clear toxins. Our skin acts as our third kidney, detoxifying our bodies. When we exert ourselves, not only do we sweat to cool our bodies, but we also increase blood flow, which releases toxins. Sweat is something you need to do regularly -- not just because of the cardiovascular and fat-frying benefits of exercise, but also because of its body-cleansing function.
The eccrine glands are the major sweat glands, are located on almost every part of the body, produce body especially palms, soles, nose etc.. The number of sweat glands in a person's body can vary from around 2 million to more than 4 million. It is nature's little air conditioning system. Similarly, the apocrine glands, which are located in the armpits and in the groin (among other areas), produce sweat that performs a number of functions, such as secretion of pheromones or mate attracting hormones, waste removal system that offloads microscopic bits of fat and other matter.
Many products, concoctions and remedies are offered in the market to try and solve the body odour problem. Some simply mask the odour while others, such as antiperspirants, try to get at the root cause of the problem, by blocking the skin pores that secrete sweat. However, this method defeats your body’s natural cooling and toxin removal mechanism and it may cause some discomfort or even allergies. The body odour can be tackled by:
To keep body odour at bay, cleanse your body externally as well as internally through bathing and washing the body as well as through balanced diet and opting for a healthy lifestyle.
Soak a cotton ball in apple cider vinegar and rub it on your underarms. Wait two to three minutes and then take your shower. Follow this remedy twice daily, once in the morning and again before going to bed, until you notice improvement. Add a cup of apple cider vinegar in your bath and soak for 8-10 minutes. This also cures sunburns apart from killing body odour. Apple cider vinegar bath can be taken after a strenuous workout to control excessive sweating. Add 2 tsp of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water and have it three times a day before meals. If you can’t stand its taste or smell, you may add a little honey to this mixture. This is a good remedy to reduce your excessive sweating too. If you suffer from foot odour, add 1/3 cup of apple cider vinegar in a foot soaking basin filled with warm water. Soak your feet in this water for 15 minutes. You can do it once every week.
Lemon juice is great for treating body odour. The acidic property of lemon juice helps lower the skin’s pH level, which in turn makes it difficult for odour-producing bacteria to survive.
Water is a good cleansing agent; it helps to flush out unwanted toxins from our bodies and keeps body temperatures down to manageable levels. Start your day with a glass or two of fresh water. Strive to drink the usual norm of twelve glasses a day.
Drinking tomato juice is an effective cure for excessive sweating. Drinking a glass of tomato juice daily early in the morning for one week should yield good results. After the first week is over, continue drinking the tomato juice every other day and then only as needed.
Wear natural fabrics, such as cotton, which are absorbent and allow the sweat to be drawn away from your skin and allow your skin to breathe. Wear cotton clothes and no undergarments while sleeping. This, particularly, improves the quality of sleep.
There are some foods that can contribute to body odours. Avoid garlic and onions. The sulphur compounds in garlic and onions can make your sweat more aromatic than it would be otherwise, especially if you consume them in large quantities. The same goes for pungent spices.
Daily elimination helps your body to remove harmful waste substances that will make you sick and cause undesirable body odour.
There are a couple of surgical options for severe sweating (hyperhidrosis) which can't be controlled by other methods. Beware of the after-effects of surgery before deciding upon it as these surgeries cannot be reversed.