When it’s hot outside, you tend to sweat, so in order not to overheat your body, perspiration cools the skin and it is one of the ways in which body rids itself of toxins.
We always try to prevent the sweat since it has an unpleasent smell, especially when it comes to the sweat under the armpits, so we use antiperspirants.
However, you should know that it is not the sweat that stinks, but the bacteria that lives in the dark moist places on your body. From a healthy body, sweat is odorless.
People should know that what they eat is in direct correlation to the bacteria that thrives inside the body and its smell. This means that when we sweat, the bacteria feed on what is secreted and will emit a particular aroma.
Healthy perspiration contains excess minerals and metabolic waste: fats, sugars, proteins, enzymes and metals.
You have probably realized that adult’s sweat is different from child’s sweat. The reason is the absence of glycerol (a sugar made by the body) in a child’s sweat and as a result children don’t normally produce body odor until puberty.
Causes of Body Odor
The bacteria that lives on your skin will produce unpleasant odor due to the consumption of red meats, processed foods and chemical additives. Moreover, numerous medications also have an adverse effect on body odor, such as:
- Carnitine for athletic performance
- Wellbutrin for depression
- Cystagon for kidney disease
- Metformin for diabetes
Another important thing to mention is that in some people, a diet low in carbs can cause body odor as well because after exhausting available carbohydrates to use for fuel, the liver begins to use proteins. Ammonia is the by-product of protein metabolism which will be excreted in sweat.
According to one study, men and women have different body odor due to the way in which fatty acids are processed in the body; Moreover, you should know that smell varies from person to person.
There are also certain health conditions that will cause your body to give off an unpleasant odor. For instance, accumulation of toxins in the body due to liver or kidney disease can result in a bleach-like smell.
People who suffer from diabetes can have fruity smell due to an over-production of ketones to compensate for lack of insulin.
However, we all want to get rid of bad smell, so here are some does and don’ts to manage body odor:
Do take chlorella – use chlorella because it is a rich source of chlorophyll that makes this algae green, and it will help you detoxify and deodorize your body, providing vitamins, minerals, and essential amino acids. Freshens breath, too.
Don’t use antiperspirant – eliminate store-bought antiperspirants because they have been associated with breast cancer, Alzheimer’s and headaches.
Don’t use antibacterial soaps – triclosan kills good and bad bacteria and it’s an endocrine disruptor.
Do soak your feet –it will help you relax, nourish your feet and your body will balance bacteria on your skin and get rid of the ones that produce bad smell.
Do use baking soda –in order to eliminate, detoxify and cleanse odor under your armpits, gently massage baking soda paste and after that rinse it off.
Don’t eat processed foods – eliminate them from your diet as soon as possible since the added sugars and chemical additives cause bacteria hyperactivity (remember how much they love sugar?).
More topical suggestions:
Virgin unrefined coconut oil contains lauric acid that is antibacterial which is why it is great solution for your skin.
Moreover, you can also use lemon juice as a natural underarm deodorant since the citirc acid contained in it kills bacteria. Dilute it with some water and then apply it under your arms. If your skin breaks out or becomes swollen or itchy, discontinue use.
Make some adjustemnts in your diet that will help alleviate toxins and smelly bacteria:
For instance, you should add some fiber, avoid hydrogenated oils, drink teas made with herbs, ear more leafy green veggies.
Avoid the consumption of red meat, particularly that which is convetionally raised as it is questinable for many reasons.