When you sweat profusely the bacteria in your body increase in their number and causes you to stink. Bromhidrosis or body odour is not caused by sweat but by what is contained in it. For example, if you are taking any strong medication like insulin your sweat may contain the smell of acetone.
Gender, genetics, health and one’s diet (including occasional constipation and micronutrient deficiencies) also are reasons for body odour. Any medical condition you may have like fungal infections or liver diseases, menopause, increased secretion of hormones you may have an unpleasant odour. Those who smoke, drink or use tobacco have a strong smell of these in their perspiration. Other than these, toxins in the body, zinc deficiency and teeth cavities and poor hygiene are also seen to cause body odour.
Tips to Control Body Odour
Know your body first. Do you sweat a lot and stink at the end of the day? If you do, try these tips to combat body odour.
- Diet Control! Avoid refined sugars, white flour, hydrogenated oils, processed foods, garlic and red meat. Alcohol and caffeine can be shunned too. Eat healthy with a lot of greens, fruits (fibre), whole grains, sprouts and soy products. Drink plenty of water and fluids.
- Consult your doctor if your medication is causing the smell.
- White vinegar is a natural deodorant wipe you can use. Cider vinegar is good too.
- Alum and baking soda are great antiperspirants. Add alum to bathing water.
- Pour essential oils or rose water to the bath tub. Ylang ylang, lavender oil and chamomile can be applied safely on arm pits.
- Wear natural! Cotton lets your body breathe. Bathe and change your clothes twice daily. Do not wear used clothes without washing them.
- Removing hair in your private areas will reduce sweat and help them stay clean.
- Take care of your feet by washing them appropriately, wearing cotton socks and by changing your socks regularly. Open footwear is advisable during summer.
To reduce excessive perspiration and to promote natural detoxification look for natural remedies.