Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Natural Ways To Eliminate Body odor

Body odor is something very unpleasant that we don’t expect or desire to have. It is influenced by what your sweat glands produce. Because body odor is very unpleasant it will surely have an effect on your social life. I am sure you don’t want people covering their noses or trying to get away once you are around them. Body odor if not treated rightly could lead to low self esteem and lack of confidence.

Signs of Body odor
Being nervous or afraid to be around others could be an indication of body odor. Sweating heavily as a result of strenuous physical exercise should tell you that you are going to smell badly. You may feel the unpleasant odor yourself.
Causes for Body odor
• Poor hygiene is the most common cause of body odor.
• Body odor may be due to serious ill health.
• Body odor may be due to kidney disease, fungal infections, liver disease etc.
• Intake of some strong medicines may make the smell of those medicines present in body odor. For instance diabetic patients may smell of acetone because of insulin that they take.
• If you smoke cigarette or cigar, or drink alcohol, you will have an unpleasant body odor.
• Body odor may also be due to zinc deficiency, cavities, toxins and etc. It is often related with sweating of the body, but the unpleasant odor is mainly due to bacteria present in the sweat.
Home Treatment for Body odor
• Maintain a very good hygiene. Keep clean always and wear clean clothes.
• Wear cotton clothes during hot climate so that the sweat will be soaked up.
• Use antibacterial soaps or deodorant soaps to combat body odor caused by sweating.
• Instead of using deodorant, wipe your sweat producing areas like armpit using white vinegar or alcohol.
• Avoid using antiperspirants because they clog sweat glands, use alum instead.
• Avoid using strong smelling perfumes.
• Applying some baking soda on the armpit, it will absorb sweat and kill bacteria.
• If your body odor is due to any medicine that you are on, then you should talk to your doctor.
• Soak yourself for 15 minutes in bath water with couple of cups of tomato juice in it.
• Use baby powder to keep areas of heavy perspiration dry.
Helpful diet for Body odor
There is a direct link between what a person eats and his body odor. Foods to avoid include processed foods like hydrogenated oils, refined sugar, white flour, and others. Avoid red meat because it releases lots of toxins into the blood stream. Avoid alcohol, caffeine and garlic. Avoid foods that lack fiber.
Eat a healthy diet which contains lots of leafy vegetables and fresh fruits, whole grains, soy products, raw nuts etc.
Finally, do not attempt to cover up body other with strong perfumes as that will only worsen the situation. Instead, practice the tips you have read in this article and with time you will have a pleasant smell and gain more self confidence.

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