Did you know that the human body contains close to 2.6 million sweat glands, found under the skin of all people? These glands typically serve the function of body temperature regulation. Palms and soles have the highest number of sweat glands and yet they are hardly the smelliest part of your body. Want to know why? Sweat itself does not contain any smell. It is the bacteria that goes with it that causes body odour. When you sweat, the bacteria grows on your body and starts to smell.
Ever noticed how some people stink worse than others? How men stink more than women? This is because the body odour of a person is dependent upon many factors like your gender, health status, diet, medications taken, genetic history and so on. In fact, the smell of a person is so unique it is used by police sniffers for identification of human beings!
The scientific name for body odour is bromhidrosis. The areas typically associated with sweat (and hence avoided!) are the underarms, feets, and pubic area. Unusual levels of body odour may be caused by excessive medication, fungal infections, liver problems, kidney disease, alcoholism, cavities, zinc deficiency, presence of toxins, and at times, quite simply lack of proper hygiene.
Whatever the reason for the odour, there are a number of ways you can reduce the embarrassment:
- Only eat food that contains lots of wheat, fibre, grains, soy products and green leafy vegetables. Drink some red radish juice.
- Take two or three charcoal capsules per day. These will absorb waste products and decrease fermentation.
- A splash of radish juice and glycerin on your underarms can keep the smell away and act as a moisturiser. Apply it to your feet, underarms and toes after a bath to retain the pleasant smell
- Keep your body clean! Use an antibacterial soap or deodorant soap. Take a bath with Epsom salt, or if you’re pressed for time, alternate hot and cold showers might help
- Add a few cups of tomato juice to bathing water and soak yourself in water for about 15 minutes.
- Wash smelly feet frequently and dry well. Avoid closed shoes. Instead wear well ventilated and breathable footwear.
- Drink plenty of water to continue smelling clean and great.
- Dab some vinegar on your underarms using a piece of cotton. This way you can remain odour-free all day.
- Mix some baking soda with lemon and apply it on your underarms to kill bacteria. This will also help to soak up the sweat and kill bacteria.
- Rub potato slices on your underarms to keep you cool and keep perspiration at bay. Once it is dry, wash it. Repeat as necessary
- Wear cotton clothes. Remember, body odour sticks to your clothes so change often and wash your clothes well! Never wear the same outfit without first washing it
Always remember that poor personal hygiene is the most common reason for body odour. Avoid using antiperspirants since they clog sweat glands. You can use alum or baby powder instead. Certain medicines may also be the cause of body odour. If this is the case, speak to your doctor about an alternative. If you drink alcohol and/or smoke cigars, be prepared for unpleasant body odour.
Try the given tips today and see the difference for yourself. You can finally get rid of that nasty smell as well as the snide, unpleasant remarks about it!