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Home remedies for body odor

Home remedies for body odor

Unpleasant body odor, or bromhidrosis, is most frequently due to excessive perspiration from the eccrine or apocrine sweat glands

This in turn causes an overgrowth of bacteria on the skin

 

The bacteria break down the top layer of skin cells and the sweat, forming chemicals that produce the unpleasant smell. Home remedies for body odor can control bacteria.

Apocrine bromhidrosis rarely occurs before puberty, since the apocrine sweat glands virtually do not function before then. As most apocrine sweat glands are located in the armpits, this is the smelliest area. Home remedies for body odor can help you make your own natural deodorant.

People in groups that tend to have larger numbers of apocrine sweat glands, such as people of African ancestry, are affected to a greater extent than those who tend to have fewer apocrine sweat glands, such as older adults and people of Asian descent. Poor hygiene, of course, is another reason unpleasant smells come off the body. Diet can also be a factor.

Sweat containing high levels of garlic, curry, or other spices also has a repellent odor. Taking certain medications can cause bad body odor, too.

Excessive eccrine sweating of the feet, most common in young men, is another common cause of bad body odor. Bromhidrosis from the feet occurs when the thick, warm, sodden skin becomes a breeding ground for numerous bacteria. Eccrine bromhidrosis can also occur in areas where skin contacts skin, especially between the thighs. This can be made worse by obesity and diabetes. Using home remedies for body odor can help reduce foot odor.

Other, more serious causes of offensive body odor include nutrient deficiencies, such as zinc deficiency; underlying medical problems such as genetic metabolic disorders, liver disease, or diabetes; and gastrointestinal problems such as parasites or chronic constipation. You should seek your physician’s expertise to screen for these problems if excessive sweating, poor hygiene, or a spicy diet are not factors in causing the unpleasant body odor.

There are a number of ways to prevent body odor and these include

  • Wash directly after a work-out or sporting activity
  • Maintain good personal hygiene by washing or showering at least 2-3 times a day with hot water and anti-bacterial soap
  • Avoid drinking hot drinks such as coffee or tea
  • Avoid eating spicy or sharp smelling foods (such as garlic, onions, hot peppers or curries) as the odor comes through the pores
  • Drink lots of water to flush out toxins in the body’s system
  • Incorporate fresh fruit, vegetables and whole grains into your diet
  • Avoid wearing tight fitting clothes and rather opt for loose fitting clothes
  • Wear cotton or linen clothes as they are more absorbent than synthetic fabrics
  • Change socks and undergarments daily
  • Avoid wearing the same clothing you wore the day before as it will retain the sweat smell
  • Wash clothing regularly in hot soapy water with a scented concentrate
  • Shave or wax under your arms as this area is a fertile breeding ground for bacteria
  • Use antiperspirants, deodorants and talcum powders regularly
  • Wash directly after a work-out or sporting activity
  • Maintain good personal hygiene by washing or showering at least 2-3 times a day with hot water and anti-bacterial soap
  • Use antiperspirants, deodorants and talcum powders regularly
  • Shave or wax under your arms as this area is a fertile breeding ground for bacteria
  • Wash clothing regularly in hot soapy water with a scented concentrate
  • Avoid wearing the same clothing you wore the day before as it will retain the sweat smell
  • Change socks and undergarments daily
  • Wear cotton or linen clothes as they are more absorbent than synthetic fabrics
  • Avoid wearing tight fitting clothes and rather opt for loose fitting clothes
  • Incorporate fresh fruit, vegetables and whole grains into your diet
  • Drink lots of water to flush out toxins in the body’s system
  • Avoid eating spicy or sharp smelling foods (such as garlic, onions, hot peppers or curries) as the odor comes through the pores
  • Avoid drinking hot drinks such as coffee or tea

Home remedies

  1. Nutritional supplement’s for body odor:
  • The following supplements have been found to be helpful for body odor:
  • Vitamin-B complex. Take a supplement containing 100 milligrams of each of the major B vitamins daily Also take an additional 50 milligrams of vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) daily and 50 milligrams of vitamin B1 (thiamine) twice a day while the problem exists, then cut back to 20 milligrams every other day for three weeks.
  1. Applying the paste of Gram flour (Besan) mixed with curd on the whole body before bath cleans and opens with pores which helps in removinging bad body odour.
  1. Bael leaves dried and powdered then mixed with Shikakai ( Soap nut) can be used for talking bath instead of soap helps to overcome Bad Body Odour.
  1. Betel ( Pan ) leaves qrinded with equal quantity of Gooseberry ( Amla ) and this paste applied on the body Before talking bath cures Bad Body Odour.
  1. Tamarind (Imli) leaves grinded with Banana tree root and applied on the body before talking bath also helps to overcomes Bad Body Odour.
  1. Drinking Carrot (Gajar ) juice everyday Aniseed (Saunf) of Dhanai or even MInt leaves ( Pudina) helps to overcome Bad Body Odour.
  1. After eating Radish ( Muli) eat Jaggery ( Gur) and Aniseed ( Saunf) or Dhania or even Mint leaves ( Pudina) helps to overcome bad odour.

Author: Dr Izharul Hasan

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