Body Odors can be caused by a number of factors including the food you eat, personal hygiene and in some cases medical issues such as kidney and liver disease and fungal infections. The method you choose of getting rid of body odors will obviously only be successful if it is related to the cause of the odor in the first place. You may want to experiment with the various methods. Most of the techniques suggested are beneficial for health and hygiene. If, however, you do suspect a medical issue could be the cause, then please be sure to consult your doctor or local medical practitioner.
How to Get Rid of Body Odors
- Eliminate Smelly Foods from your diet. The food that you eat is one of the primary causes for body odor. You may want to try avoiding processed foods, animal products and dairy as well as highly spiced foods. Garlic, onions and curries should be placed on the “to be avoided” list. Try cutting out fats and sugars from your diet and notice the difference. Refined sugar feeds the odor causing bacteria.
- Drink plenty of water. If necessary try fasting for a day, drinking nothing but water to wash your body through. If this too extreme a solution then try combining with only natural unprocessed foods such as fruits and vegetables to wash the system through and get rid of the odor cause from the inside out.
- Exercise or sauna then shower. There will of course be increased odor at first due to the extra sweating that you are inducing. But doing so you will also help speed up the process of flushing out your pores. Combine this with drinking water for added benefits.
- Wash, scrub and repeat. Try using a perfumed but hydrating shower gel. The added moisturizing effects will help in keeping the skin from getting dry so you can wash thoroughly and the perfuming will help hide the odor.
- Use deodorant. Anti-perspirants do work although they should probably be used for social or business reasons only rather than being applied before doing exercise. Anti-perspirants clog your pores and lock the odor-causing bacteria beneath the skin. This can lead to cysts and pimples. If you are worried about odors when exercising or playing sports then try deodorant or cologne and save the anti-perspirant for that business meeting or important date.
- Apply an absorbent powder such as baby powder to your underarms after bathing. Alternatively baking soda + water paste applied to the odorous areas can help neutralize any smells.
Other preventative methods of body odors include keeping cool by wearing loose light clothing. Sweat is a transmitter of odor. Are you going to do anything that involves physically moving your body? Whether it is walking to the metro, packing your suitcases, tidying the house up putting up those shelves, make sure you are prepared by dressing appropriately to reduce sweating and avoid alcohol and tobacco which are known to contribute to body odors.