Last Modified on Apr 19, 2015
We’ve all put in a good workout or a long day of outside work in the heat and noticed ourselves smelling a little less than “fresh” when we’ve finished. This type of body odor is perfectly normal; however, some individuals experience more pervasive issues involving sweating and body odor. If you are one of these individuals, don’t worry, just try one of these natural remedies - eliminating caffeine, using rubbing alcohol, changing your diet, or a number of others.
What Is Body Odor?
Your body is designed to sweat as a mechanism to cool itself. This exchange commonly occurs when you are exerting yourself physically, in high temperatures, or even during high-stress situations. According to WebMD, sweating is not actually what causes body odor, though. But rather, when sweat is released from your pores, it comes into contact with bacteria on the surface of your skin. The combination of sweat and bacteria cause what is commonly known as body odor or B.O.
Can I Do Anything to Treat Body Odor?
The Mayo Clinic Staff cite a number of ways you can treat B.O. without drugs or other invasive treatment options. Common treatment options include bathing daily, applying antiperspirants nightly, trying relaxation techniques, and changing your diet. These are just a few of the remedies proven as effective treatments for body odor. Keep reading for additional remedies including lifestyle changes and natural supplements.
1. Bathe Daily
Hygiene, obviously, is one of the major factors that plays a role in preventing and treating body odor. Mayo Clinic suggests this option as the first line of treatment, stating that regular bathing reduces the growth of bacteria on your skin which also reduces the prevalence of body odor.
2. Apply Antiperspirants Nightly
A treatment option that is at the top of WebMD’s list is applying an antiperspirant at bedtime. Applying your choice of deodorant at night gives the product time to actually work when you are not sweating, which is better than just applying it during the day and “sweating off” the product.
Stress is one of the key triggers of perspiration, so practicing relaxation techniques, like yoga, can help you learn to control this stress.
4. Change Your Diet
Spicy or strong-smelling foods can actually make you sweat more, and the smell of those foods leak through your pores. Mayo Clinic suggests completely eliminating these foods to treat body odor.
5. Eliminate Caffeine
Dr. Weil, an established M.D., suggests eliminating caffeine. Caffeine and other stimulants increase the activity of your apocrine sweat glands, triggering higher levels of stress and body odor. Eliminating coffee, tea, and other caffeine sources will help you naturally reduce your body odor.
6. Use Rubbing Alcohol
Another treatment suggested by Dr. Weil is to use rubbing alcohol to cleanse your armpits. This treatment helps reduce the amount of bacteria on your skin and helps reduce B.O.
7. Use Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is another treatment option that helps eliminate bacteria. Simply apply ACV to your underarms with a cotton swab to effectively eradicate odor-causing bacteria.
8. Apply Baking Soda
Baking soda is a natural odor absorber, so it helps reduce body odor effectively. Earth Clinic readers suggest mixing 2 tablespoons of baking soda in 1 cup of water and applying the mix to your underarms with a spray bottle. You should use this remedy daily.
Keep reading below to find a variety of other natural treatment options for sweating and body odor!
Body Odor - http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/ART00320/body.odor.html
Preventing Body Odor - http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/preventing-body-odor
Sweating and Body Odor - http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/sweating-and-body-odor/basics/definition/con-20014438
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[YEA] I solved armpit odor problem by mixing cornstarch and acidophilus powder (maybe 1/4 c. cornstarch and one or two acidophilus capsules), and applying it to my armpits with a powder puff. These good bacteria must have broken down the self-protective biofilm the stinky buggies made.
[YEA] Occasionally I get armpit odor, only on my left side though. The smell can be quite intense as others have said like ammonia big time. Not really sure what causes it, maybe diet or stress related but its so intermittant I cant tell. I do not use any deodorant nor have I used any for quite a few years. Baking soda has always cleared it up instantly. I'll shower and wash with soap (no dye or scent) and still be able to smell it on the left side. Once out of the shower and dry, I take 1-2 tsp of soda and lather it up while my hands are wet and apply to air dry. The smell gets more intense for a few seconds and then its 100% gone, usually for 48 hours or so. I might do this routine for a couple days and then forget about it for weeks/months until I notice the odor again. Wish I knew for sure what was causing this!
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