Body odor refers to unpleasant smells emitted from the body. Eccrine glands are located almost everywhere on the body and produce body-cooling sweat that’s mainly water. The apocrine glands, primarily located in the armpits and in the groin, are responsible for producing waste removing sweat and it is here where the problem of body odor stems from. Bacteria feed on the waste products and produce the foul smell. That is why when you first sweat after a workout, you don’t notice the intense smell but after some time has passed and the bacteria has got to work, then the smell is very obvious and off putting.
The degree of the odor a person produces depends on two factors, how much sweat their glands secrete and the amount of bacteria on the skin. People with intense underarm odors have three times as much underarm bacteria as other people.
There are two ways of dealing with body odor, externally or internally. External methods rely on masking the odor or keeping it at bay. Internal methods focus on dietary and lifestyle changes to reduce the bacteria in the body.
Body odor is caused by a natural process involving sweat that occurs on the skin’s surface. Sweat is odorless but if left on the skin, bacteria starts to break down the excreted toxins and the result is unpleasant odor.
Some areas of the skin, such as the armpits and genitals, are more likely to produce body odor because these glands produce proteins and oily substances that bacteria feed on.
Your feet can also be affected due to the warm, airless environment insides shoes, boots, and sneakers, so check the condition of your feet and footwear.
Eating foods containing a high level of garlic, curry, or other spicy food can add to odour problems. As can the consumption of red meats. However, when a person is very healthy, usually these foods can be eaten without lasting odor effects.
Nutrient deficiencies (usually zinc), underlying health problems (usually liver disease or diabetes), or gastrointestinal problems (such as parasites or chronic constipation).
Certain drugs can cause excessive sweating. Aspirin, acetaminophen, excess doses of thyroxine, a thyroid hormone, and some medications used to treat mental disorders are all culprits.
The consumption of excess caffeine and experiencing high levels of stress can also stimulate sweating and unpleasant body odor.
The more wholesome your diet is and the greater the balance of nutrient biochemistry is in the body, the less chances there are of unpleasant odors emanating from the body.
Eat a whole foods diet that includes at least 1/3 to 1/2 raw foods that are as fresh as possible.
Increase fluids and pure water (seven to eight glasses per day).
On rising and before bedtime, drink one glass of water with the juice of a fresh lemon and one teaspoon of chlorophyll.
It is important to not add further toxicity to your system so try to adhere to the following:
- Do not consume any artificial sweeteners, such as Splenda, NutraSweet or Aspartame
- Do not consume high fructose corn syrup or mono-sodium glutamate.
- Do not drink any carbonated beverages.
- Avoid all fast food restaurants.
- Avoid all canned food.
- Eliminate conventional dairy products. The best dairy products are raw, unpasteurised and homogenised dairy from grass fed cows. If this is unavailable, then buy organic dairy.
- Avoid conventional beef. The best beef is organic grass fed beef. The second best is organic meat; this includes beef, veal, lamb, chicken and turkey. Check out www.grasslandbeef.com.
- Take Vitamin D3 50,000-100,000 International Units a day .
- Take FiveLac Probiotic one packet three times a day to support healthy intestinal flora.
- Wholefood supplements are the best way of ensuring your nutritional needs are met. The best we know on the market is Kevin Trudeau’s “KT Daily” product. You can find more details here.
- Drink one tablespoon of organic apple cider vinegar three times a day to cleanse the body and support the digestive system.
- The following nutrients can help prevent and reduce unpleasant body odour: vitamin B1 (50 mg two times daily while problem exists and then 20-30 mg one time daily several times a week for one year), vitamin B complex, vitamin A (25,000 IU daily for a few weeks), vitamin C (increase the amount and frequency during periods of stress), chlorophyll, magnesium, PABA (para-aminobenzoic acid), and Zinc. Liver glandulars may also be helpful.
Prescription and non-prescription medication:
What non-prescription and prescription drugs are you taking? Your non-prescription and prescription are partially the reason that you have this condition – you need to get off these medications, but do so only under the guidance of a licensed health care practitioner.
Intense emotions such as anxiety and stress increase sweat production. Here are some things you can do to combat high emotional states to minimise stress induced sweat:
- Go to a Dr. Morter BEST (Bio-Energetic Synchronisation Technique) Practitioner.
- Sign up for Energetic Re-Balancing: 2 practitioners to consider are:
- Consider using Mary Millers Iching System Products – ichingsystemsinstruments.com
- Reiki healing is very powerful in releasing stress and emotional baggage. Find a practitioner here.
- Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) has had remarkable results in dissolving stress. Find a local practitioner here or go to www.thetappingsolution.com or www.tftrx.com
- Try Hypnotherapy to relax the mind. Find a practitioner here.
- Meditation has been scientifically shown to relieve stress and significantly reduce future stress. It has been shown to improve overall health and immune function, and to reduce the pain and suffering caused by chronic disease. In fact, in 1984, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) recommended meditation as the more appropriate and effective choice for treating mild cases of high blood pressure, instead of commonly prescribed blood pressure medications. Meditation can offer new insights and improved coping strategies, better enabling you to meet the challenges of the day. Some types of meditation, such as Transcendental Meditation (TM), have even been shown to produce deeper states of physical relaxation than ordinary sleep.Although there are many types of meditation practices to choose from, all of them have one thing in common: focused attention on the breath. If you are new to meditation, you can begin by sitting up straight yet comfortably and closing your eyes. Place your attention on your breathing as you inhale and exhale. Each time you find your attention starting to wander, simply refocus on your breath. Though doing so may seem difficult initially, with practice it will become easier and easier, and you will easily spend 20 to 30 minutes meditating in this manner. The key is to be gentle with yourself and not force. At first, you may find yourself unable to sit still for more than a few minutes. If that is the case, don’t continue. Instead, each day seek to add to the length of your meditation practice until you reach your goal of 20 to 30 minutes per session.
Is sweating good for your skin health.howstuffworks.com/wellness/men/sweating-odor/sweating-good-for-skin.htm
Jump for Joy – Rebounding NC_Newsletter_12-10.pdf
Health Care that Won’t Cost You a Single Penny – EFT for stress NC_Newsletter_12-06.pdf
Tanning the armpits to keep odour at bay www.drmercola.net/cancer/dr-mercola-antiperspirants-may-cause-breast-cancer
How to make a natural aromatherapy deodorant www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_gMrVzxZ_4
How to start a raw food diet www.youtube.com/watch?v=KUUn0odd_cA
Dr Mist deodorant review www.youtube.com/watch?v=I7cLcPMMmS0
Does Personality Smell? Accuracy of Personality Assessments Based on Body Odourhttp://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/per.848/abstract;jsessionid=E762B082A7CD0D17C4C134165F0E4DB5.d02t03?deniedAccessCustomisedMessage=&userIsAuthenticated=false
Skin Microbes and Body Odor: Gen Barlow, Melissa DellaTorre, Casey Correa, Ellie Moore microbewiki.kenyon.edu/index.php/Talk:MicrobeWiki
Further Information (links and books)
Stop Excessive Sweating Using Nothing But Your Mind Naturally by Claude Edson
Self Hypnosis, Stop Excessive Sweating Hypnotherapy CD by Rachael Eccles
Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff…and it’s All Small Stuff: Simple Ways to Keep the Little Things from Taking Over Your Life by Richard Carlson
Natural Beauty at Home, Revised Edition: More Than 200 Easy-To-Use Recipes for Body, Bath, and Hair by Janice Cox
Going Raw: Everything You Need to Start Your Own Raw Food Diet and Lifestyle Revolution at Home by Judita Wignall
Andrea Butje | Aromahead [email protected] – Aromatherapy
Carrie Vitt [email protected] – Organic food recipes.
David Spector-NSR/USA [email protected] – Meditation, stress
Judith Hoad [email protected] – Herbalist.
Kath May [email protected] – Reiki, Tai Chi.
Lillian Bridges [email protected] – Chinese medicine, living naturally.
Monika [email protected] – Aromatherapy.
Rakesh [email protected] – Ayurvedic practitioner.