First, a little bit about body odor and its origin. Most of your body odor comes from secretion of apocrine sweat glands located in your armpits. These secretions have no odor but, if you don’t wash them off, bacteria begin to take over within hours and the by-product of their feeding frenzy is bad body odor. Liver and kidney disease, diabetes, fungal infections and constipation may also be a contributing factor causing B.O.
In addition to the bacteria, mineral deficiency could also be the cause- specifically calcium, magnesium (200-500 mg) and zinc (15 – 30 mg). Zinc is especially important, and most of the processed foods strip away minerals, so chances are, you are not getting the adequate amount of minerals including zinc in your diet. Some zinc rich sources to include in your diet: spinach, collard, cucumber, parsley, endive, asparagus. Some people even make an 80/20 juice out of spinach and parsley and swear by the positive results in eliminating body odor from inside out. I tried it- yack!!! If you make it, don’t make more then 8 0zs to start with to build up your tolerance to the taste. Zinc may also interfere with the copper absorption.
Chlorophyll rich diet is one of the best remedies to prevent bad odor, and most leafy green vegetables will do the job. If you don’t want to bother, there is an easy way out- liquid chlorophyll from your vitamin shoppe or a health food store.
Drinking a cup of tomato juice a day will in many cases prevent body odor. Some people pour 3 cups of tomato juice in a bathtub full of water and soak in it for 15-20 minutes.
Make a strong tea out of licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra) and coriander (Coriandrum sativum). Soak a small cloth in the liquid and apply to your armpits as a compress for 1-2 minutes. Licorice and coriander have the largest number of chemicals that proved to have antibacterial properties. You may add a few drops of Tea Tree oil to the liquid to increase the antibacterial effect.
As you may know, baking soda is a good way to get rid of any odor (from your refrigerator to your armpits). You can take some soda and a little water to make a paste. Apply to your armpits and rinse in a few minutes. Some put lemon juice instead of water to improve the smell and the effect of this remedy. You can also substitute baking soda with cornstarch.
Apple cider vinegar is a good antiseptic and you can apply it to the armpits to reduce the PH level there and kill all the bacteria. Some people put sage (for aroma) in the apple cider vinegar and soak it for a week, strain the liquid and then apply as noted above. Sage tee is also good for reduction of sweat gland activity, so you can drink a cup a day if you sweat too much.
Some Turnip or Daikon radish juice is rubbed in the skin and it will reduce B.O. for up to 10 hours. Daikon radish is sold in a Japanese Food specialty stores and is an excellent vegetable that is the main food source of one of Japanese villages where people live normally passed 100 years of age.
And last but very simple and quick method is to cut a lemon and apply to the skin area where the odor is coming from. Will kill all the bacteria and remove the B.O.
In one Chinese clinical study, they took 100 people with body odor and gave them to apply topically (underarm) a mix of Qing Fen (Calomelas) and talcum powders with great results.
For foot odor, boil 5 to 15 grams of Mo Gu Xiao (Caulis Hyptis Capitatae) to make decoction and apply the resulting liquid topically to your feet.
Alcohol and tobacco are a major cause of bad smell. They mix with your own odor and go right through your skin, creating a distinctive bad body odor that is very hard to get rid off. If you stop using those substances, it may take up to a month for the body to clean itself from all the toxins.
Overall, healthy lifestyle and proper diet should be your first step if you want long-lasting results. One of the readers commented that the program called “Be Odor Free Tonight” was very effective for her underarm smell. Let me know how it goes, if you follow the advise in this e-book.
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