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.
As with all diseases this did not happen overnight. The very first thing you must do is see a licensed health professional. Find a list of practitioners in your local area here
Here are some things you can discuss with your practitioner:
Since waste products are a key factor in creating body odor it is important to significantly reduce the toxicity in your body.
- Eliminate Candida: Click here to find out how
- Do the Hydrogen Peroxide Protocol to strengthen the immune system:
- Drink 3oz of Colloidal Silver, three or four times a day for 60 days www.colloidsforlife.com Silver has long been recognised as a powerful natural antibiotic. Colloidal silver is silver that has been removed electronically from its source and then suspended in water. It is used to treat a myriad of diseases.
- Go on a fast to clear your system of toxic waste www.wecarespa.com
- We recommend regular colonics to remove toxicity from the body. Read more about colonics by clicking here. Find a practitioner here.
- Most of the water that we drink is very acidic and in order to heal our bodies need a more alkaline state. During the program drink alkalized water, which you can buy from Real Water.
- Take a bath as often as possible up to once a day with two litres of 35% food grade Hydrogen Peroxide.
- Use a sauna regularly – it is highly effective for removing toxins stored in fatty tissues.
Skin Brushing: This staple of naturopathic medicine, which involves the use of a natural bristle brush that is gently used to scrub the skin of the entire body in gentle circular motions to encourage removal of dead skin, improved local circulation, elimination through the skin, and enhanced skin function generally, can be a powerful tool in preventing body odour. It should be performed daily for at least 5 minutes and ideally be followed by a bath in which essential oils are used.
Make a paste with ½ a lemon or lime mixed with baking soda and apply under arms and between toes. Avoid aluminium-based antiperspirants they are toxic and can lead to all sorts of health issues.
Apply a few drops of tea tree oil under the armpits after showering – the antibacterial nature of this essential oil combats 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.
Ayurveda believes that body odour is the result of ama (toxins in the body). When ama accumulates in the system, it is released through the skin, creating unpleasant-smelling perspiration.
As always the fastest most effective way to receive tailored advice to your own situation, you should visit a local licensed practitioner. Find your closest Ayurvedic practitioners here
Here are some remedies your practitioner may recommend:
Following a natural, whole foods diet, drink plenty of warm water throughout the day and avoid cold drinks.
Exercise daily – walking, swimming and yoga are all recommended.
Consume herbs such as alfalfa, parsley and rosemary that have antibacterial properties and therefore tackle body odour by reducing bacteria.
Take tiphala – an Ayurvedic treatment made up of three fruits to cleanse and strengthen the digestive system and thereby reduce ama.
Traditional Chinese Medicine
In traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), excessive underarm sweating is a sign of heat accumulation and is related to the liver and heart meridians. The heat accumulation may result from poor diet, stress, lack of sleep, or malfunctioning organs. When this heat affects the liver or heart meridians, it is transmitted to the armpits, which in turn sweat profusely. TCM addresses the problem by clearing the heat from the appropriate meridian and organ so that internal harmony can be resumed.
To receive bespoke advice based upon your own situation you should visit a local licensed practitioner. Find your closest Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners here
You may wish to discuss the following with your practitioner:
General – kombucha – a fermented Chinese tea, high in probiotics and “system purifiers.” Eliminates toxins and body odor.
For liver deficiency and heat accumulation –anemarrhena rhizome, amur corktree bark, oyster shell (calcined) and ephedra root.
For heat accumulated in heart meridian – ginseng , dwarf lily-turf tuber and schisandra
For damp-heat irritation – astragalus root, white peony root, cassia twig and vinegar.
For yin deficiency leading to internal heat –rehmannia root & dwarf lily-turf tuber
Certain essential oils are well known for anti-bacterial properties as well as their lovely fragrance. Effective oils for body odor are: bergamot, lavender, lemongrass (very strong so ensure it is well diluted in a carrier oil), peppermint, tea-tree. Never put the oils directly on the skin under the armpits, as the area is very sensitive. Always blend with carrier oil (such as coconut oil) before direct contact with skin. They can also be added to bath water and included in a homemade deodorant.
Owing to the principles behind homeopathy it is essential you see a licensed practitioner to receive your own personalized prescription. Find your closest Homeopath here
Hepar sulph and Sulfur may be suggested, as both are popular homeopathic remedies for treating unpleasant body odor.
Drink a cup of sage tea daily.
Peppermint – the ingestion of peppermint freshen breath, eases digestion, helping to metabolize foods and other toxins, which improves overall body odor.
Use fresh rosemary in your cooking – it is a good source of zinc which plays a role in reducing body odor.
Include parsley in your diet – it is rich in odor neutralizing chlorophyll and contains other antibacterial elements.
Add oregano leaf to meals – is a high anti-oxidant food which fights odor causing bacteria.
It is important that you exercise regularly to boost circulation and encourage the elimination of toxins. A fantastic form of exercise is rebounding (jumping on a mini-trampoline) it doesn’t create excessive sweating but it does work your body on the inside as well as the outside. It is a fantastic way to detox the body and a great way to relieve stress.
Drink fresh-squeezed, organic vegetable juices once or twice a day. Find recipes here: www.juicemaster.com/recipes.
Wash your entire body twice daily with a natural antibacterial soap such as a tea-tree oil soap (or make your own. Pay special attention to problem areas and dry yourself thoroughly (bacteria thrives more in a moist environment).
Recipe for tea-tree oil soap:
- 2 cups of glycerin soap base (source natural variety with no added nasties)
- 2 tablespoons of tea tree oil
Combine melted base and herbal oil. Stir until blended, then pour into molds and cool.
Shaving the armpits regularly has been found to help body odor control in the underarms.
Get rid of old sweat stained clothes that still hold a sweaty aroma. Always ensure that your clothes are cleaned regularly and avoid wearing the same close fitted clothes between washes.
The Bach Flower Remedy Crabapple aids in cleansing and detoxification. It is the most popular flower remedy in treating skin conditions. It can be taken orally, with 3 drops added to water 3 times a day.
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@example.com – Aromatherapy
Carrie Vitt firstname.lastname@example.org – Organic food recipes.
David Spector-NSR/USA email@example.com – Meditation, stress
Judith Hoad firstname.lastname@example.org – Herbalist.
Kath May email@example.com – Reiki, Tai Chi.
Lillian Bridges firstname.lastname@example.org – Chinese medicine, living naturally.
Monika email@example.com – Aromatherapy.
Rakesh GAC@AyurvedicLifeStyles.com – Ayurvedic practitioner.