We can all agree that body odor is not socially acceptable and can be quite embarrassing.
It happens to everyone at some time. Knowing how to get rid of body odor naturally, is not rocket science. And it’s certainly healthier than covering it up or blocking lymph nodes, vital to toxin removal, which can protect you from cancer, etc.
Body odor, for a woman, is tantamount to an apocalypse. Below you’ll find common sense tips and remedies that help you detox and nourish your body to prevent unacceptable odor.
You’ll soon discover there’s a better (and safer) way to rid your body of unpleasant smells.
Let’s first take a look at our culture and its answer to dreaded body odors.
Freshness and Pleasant Fragrance
Body odor, the bane of civilized society. Or is it?
The soap and perfume manufacturers (the chemical industry) would have us believe we smell so offensive we need their scented soaps, body washes, perfumes, and body sprays to be socially accepted.
Why would we smell worse than our ancestors who rarely bathed and had appalling hygiene practices?
Body Odor and Good Hygiene
We are so fortunate to live in an era where freshness, pleasant fragrances and good hygiene are expected. When our senses are bombarded with an offensive odor wafting from a nearby person we are shocked. It doesn’t happen very often. More often, we are dazed by the scent of cologne or perfume so putrid our nostrils curl and we’re forced to hold our breath.
Body odor is not our natural state. Okay, we may smell strongly at times, but we should never reek. (Unless it’s from food such as garlic coming out of our pores.)
While commercial body sprays and soaps may temporarily “cover up” body odor, they do not address underlying issues. Don’t poison your body to disguise your odor from others!
Body Odor and Causes
Here are some of the causes of body odor and some natural and highly effective approaches to treat this common problem:
1. Eat a balanced diet rich in organic fruits and vegetables. Whole foods give your body nourishment, which supply the nutrients you need. Non-organic produce is devoid of minerals and can eventually cause malnutrition leading to symptoms of “dis-ease.”
An unhealthy diet,
especially one high in red meat can cause you to excrete malodorous sweat. Your body is working hard to get the toxins out! And is probably too acidic. A healthy body does not stink like one that is toxic with junk foods.
On occasion I will have coffee with friends. I’ve discovered that non-organic coffee causes my sweat to reek with a putrid odor. Non-organic coffee is highly toxic with chemicals. If you drink coffee, keep to organic sources.
2. Digestive system is out of whack. I’m not talking gas here. This is nasty sweat gland stink. Our skin sweats to excrete waste. Sweat contains bacterial activity and allowing it to dry on the skin can produce body odor. Probiotics can help with your friendly bacteria. Considering the fact that 80% of the immune system is in the gut, it’s a good idea to supplement. Healthy immune system = Less body odor.
3. Infrequent bathing. That’s a no-brainer, but really folks, it’s healthy to be clean. My dad used to say,
“Cleanliness is next to Godliness.”
Hey, I was a 11 yr. old Tom Boy, it didn’t mean a thing to me. Again, don’t poison to protect by using harsh soaps, body washes, etc. Your skin has natural, protective oils for a reason. Wash the “important” areas with a mild soap such as castile or other “environmentally safe” soap.
4. Skip the Antiperspirant
For years we’ve been hearing that aluminum is associated with Alzheimer’s and other health problems. A quick look at a typical antiperspirant label reveals aluminum to be a common ingredient. Being a heavy metal, (dense metal that is usually toxic at low concentrations), it poisons your body and clogs your sweat glands. When you consider the fact that your armpits serve an important function in getting rid of toxins, it’s easier to understand why it’s crucial to keep your pores open and unclogged. Poison to protect? Good thing that when you know better, you can do better.
5. Vinegar Spritz
Vinegar is a natural antiseptic and deodorizer. According to the Vinegar Institute, spritzing with white or apple cider vinegar can kill bacteria and fungi on the skin’s surface. Don’t worry, as it dries the scent evaporates. Dry your body well and for health’s sake use organic vinegar. You don’t need more chemicals poisoning you.
6. Go Green!
Green juices are incredibly nutritious and cleanse the body of harmful toxins, perfect for preventing body odor.Consider the addition of wheat grass to your daily smoothie. It is extremely nutritious, and a powerful deodorizer. According to the Ann Wigmore Foundation, it is similar to human blood.
7. Freshen Up with A Natural Cleanser/Sterilizer
Wash your armpits or groin area whenever needed. Wipe with witch hazel or tea tree oil to rid body of bacteria.
Caution: Understand the strength of essential oil prior to use. Essential oils, often called nature’s medicine (some effectively kill MRSA and other deadly pathogens) are extremely potent and powerful.