Many people suffer from body odour, but before wrinkling your nose deliberate on what could be the reason for it. There are reasons behind why one suffers from body odour; it could be due to serious illness or other causes, such as, kidney disease, fungal infections liver disease, etc. If, one is taking strong medicines then the smell of these medicines can be detected in one’s body odour.
You may find diabetic patients smelling of acetone due to the insulin they take. People who smoke and drink alcohol usually suffer from unpleasant body odour. Body odour can also be caused by zinc deficiency, cavities in the teeth or toxins in the body, etc. Though often related to sweating, bacteria present in the sweat are responsible for the unpleasant odour, with poor hygiene being one of the most common reasons behind body odour.
Body odour due to sweating is easily taken care of by using antibacterial soap or a deodorant. Instead, of using deodorant, natural home remedies like white vinegar can be used to wipe sweat producing areas like the armpit. Alum is a better alternative to antiperspirants, which clog the sweat glands. Baking soda another home remedy applied under the arm pit is useful in absorbing sweat and killing bacteria.
If, body odour is caused due to the medication you are on, its time to have a talk with your doctor. Another way to deal with it is to soak for 15-minutes in bath water, to which two cups of tomato juice have been added. Baby powder which does not contain too many chemicals can be used to keep areas of heavy perspiration dry. Apple cider vinegar also combats arm odour quite effectively.
As there is a direct relation between what a person eats and his body odour, one should avoid refined sugar, white flour, hydrogenated oils and other processed foods. Red meat should also be avoided as it is responsible for releasing many toxins into the blood stream. Foods that lack fibre should be avoided, as too alcohol, caffeine, cumin and garlic. Instead, one should eat a healthy diet consisting of whole grains, lots of leafy vegetables, sprouts, fresh fruits, soy products, raw nuts, etc.
Other ways to combat it is to wear clothes that breathe, such as, cotton garments, never wearing unwashed clothes, especially undergarments during summer, as they only serve to aggravate the odour. It is advisable to wax armpits regularly and avoid wearing closed shoes for long, as you will soon complain of foot odour, which is caused by rapid bacteria growth due to excess sweating of feet. Foot odour can be avoided by washing feet properly, wearing cotton socks, and when possible wearing open foot wear like leather sandals.