What’s that smell????
Over the weekend my aunt asked me for a cure/ remedy for body odour and am like I can do a post about it. But before doing any research on it, I always thought Guys are more prone to body odour…. well what do I know?
Strong or offensive body odour is an embarrassing problem that affects many, and being a sensitive topic, it’s not openly discussed.
Body odour is the smell of bacteria growing on the body. These bacteria multiply rapidly in the presence of sweat, but sweat itself is almost completely odourless. An individual’s body odour is influenced by diet, gender, genetics, health, medication and mood. Surprising isn’t it?
Although commercial chemicals and artificial-scent sprays may help to temporarily control body odour, they often don’t address the underlying cause.
WHAT CAUSES BODY ODOUR ?
Body odour often occur/result when inadequate bathing or hygiene fail to properly clean up the “mess” our bodies make. In women, menstruation and stress often dramatically increase the degree of body odour.
Foods rich in amino acid carnitine found in beef and pork, are known to leave residues in the intestine that have to be worked on by the process of digestion. Specific enzymes break the residues down to an odourless state ready for excretion. If the enzyme is in poor supply or missing a “fishy” body odour may result.
Also i asked someone I would refer to as Oga and she said it is as a result of not bathing the baby well after childbirth and she was of the opinion that nothing can be done about it. Well we would see about that.
Solving the problem
– Apply Natural, Aluminum free deoderants. Various herbal and crystal deoderants are marketed as ALL-NATURAL and can effectively control your body odour. Many deoderants and anti-perspirants are made of aluminum in order to halt the perspiration of your sweat glands, and this aluminum is suspected of accumulating in the nervous system and ultimately contributing to nervous system disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease.
– Wash regularly
Bathing at least once a day can help limit the bacteria population on your skin; which is the source of most body odours. When washing, focus on troublesome areas like the feet and armpits. Dry your body well after washing, since bacteria grow best on damp skin.
– Spritz with Vinegar
Vinegar is a natural antiseptic. It can help kill bacteria and fungi on the skin’s surface. Spritzing white or Apple cider vinegar on odorous areas, then wiping the area dry, can help eliminate offensive smell. Or you can wipe underarm/ armpits with Vinegar before bath and wash it off.
–Change your diet
Eat well and eat more of fruits and vegetable.Try as much as possible to incorporate 100% Natural foods and not canned or pasteurized foods.
– Wear clothing made from natural fibres
Such as Silk or Cotton. They allow for greater breathability and drive away the moisture and humidity in which odour causing bacteria thrive.
– Wipe with a natural sterilizer
Such as tea tree oil which modifies your skin pH to make it undesirable for bacteria.
– Baking Soda
After shower apply a pinch of baking Soda and water to make a paste and apply to both armpits and you may add tea tree oil or any essential oil for pleasant fragrance through out the day. This should last for more than one day.
If you have a pungent smell after exercising or eating certain foods, it is possible you have Celiac disease. Take a Gluten free diet.
Taking Chlorophyll supplements also help.
I would love to hear from you.
Any other remedies i skipped, please feel free to comment.