The Most Effective Remedies for Body Odor
According to WebMD, most people suffer from body odor and sweating. When you exercise, when it is too hot, or when you are nervous, heavy perspiration and the following body odor are completely normal reactions.
However, sweating isn’t always normal. There are two types of abnormal sweating – excessive sweating called hyperhidrosis and little/absent perspiration called anhidrosis. In the most cases, any changes in sweating and body odor can be signs of a more serious health problem. Usually, home remedies and lifestyle changes can manage the symptoms of excessive sweating and the related body odor. But if you notice a change in your sweating patterns or smell of sweat, talk to your health care provider.
Symptoms of excessive sweating and body odor
Before visiting a doctor, keep in mind that some people sweat more than the others. Body odor is also unique for every person. You may need a doctor’s help if:
- Without any obvious reasons, you start to sweat more than usually;
- A strong body odor ruins your daily routine;
- You sweat at night a lot without any apparent reasons;
- Your habitual body odor changes and smells worse.
What causes body odor?
Eccrine and apocrine glands are the two types of glands responsible for the production of sweat. Eccrine glands cover almost all areas of your body and open directly to the skin’s surface. Apocrine glands are located in the hair follicles like armpits and groin areas. They empty into the hair follicle before opening to the surface of the skin.
There are two types of sweat of these glands – both are odorless. But the sweat without odor produced in armpits and the groin area gets smelly when it mixes with the bacteria “living” on your skin.
Another, less common, reason for bad body odor is a disease called bromhidrosis. This is connected to the apocrine sweat glands and their abnormal secretion.
Underarm odor treatment: what do medics say?
The staff at Mayo Clinic recommends using special medical solutions to get rid of underarm odor. The armpit odor signs can be masked with an over-the-counter (OTC) antiperspirant and deodorant like the following:
- Antiperspirants with the aluminum-based compounds can block sweat pores for a short term. These remedies can reduce the amount of perspiration going to the skin’s surface.
- Deodorant can only eliminate the armpit odor but will do nothing for perspiration. Most deodorants are alcohol-based and make the skin acidic. After their use, the skin becomes less attractive to bacteria. For the additional masking of body odor, deodorants contain perfume fragrances.
If your body odor disorder can’t be masked with OTC antiperspirants and deodorants, a doctor may prescribe Aluminum Chloride remedies (the brand are Xerac and Drysol).
Effective DIY body odor remedies
Use apple cider vinegar (ACV) for smelly armpits
ACV is a well-known anti-bacterial remedy. It can balance the pH levels of the skin and reduce bad body odor. Always use raw, undiluted ACV. You can rub undiluted ACV with a cotton ball on the armpits before showering. Wait 2-3 minutes after applying and then rinse with water. Alternatively, you can add a full cup of ACV in a bath. Soak for 8-10 minutes. Repeat daily.
Apply lemon juice to eliminate body odor
- Squeeze the juice out of one lemon and apply it to your armpits with a cotton ball;
- Cut a lemon into 2 halves. Take one half and rub under the arms, gently squeezing the juice to the skin. Save the second half for the next time.
Take a tomato juice bath
Tomatoes are recommended as natural antiseptics. This vegetable can kill a broad range of bacteria. The ancient Indian medicine, known as Ayurveda, recommends adding tomato juice into a bath to eliminate an unpleasant body odor. Other specialists advise drinking tomato juice at least 3 times a day if you have problems with sweating.
If you decide to take a bath with tomato juice, you will need 8-10 organic tomatoes, a sieve, and one bucket of water. To reach the pulp, crush the tomatoes. With a sieve, extract the juice out of the pulp. Add the fresh tomato juice to the bucket with water. Bathe with this water.
Make a homemade deodorant to get rid of body odor
Follow the simple recipe recommended by Dr. Josh Axe to prepare a homemade deodorant that can be used 30-90 times:
- Take a ½ cup of coconut oil, a ½ cup of baking soda and 60 drops of any essential oil. The most pleasant aromas come from lavender, sage and lemon essential oils.
- Buy a new or find a used deodorant container. Alternatively, use a glass jar.
- Mix coconut oil with baking soda in a bowl.
- Add a few drops of an essential oil.
- Store the DIY deodorant in a container/jar.
Dietary tips for a body odor relief
If you are wondering how to get rid of body odor with diet changes, try these tips:
- Drink a lot of water throughout the day to eliminate toxins from your body;
- Eat a balanced diet with whole grains, lean meat, fish, healthy fats, fresh vegetables and fruits;
- Try to eat less fried meat or foods cooked in oil;
- Avoid eating processed, canned, and junk foods;
- Reduce the consumption of spicy food with onion and garlic;
- Do not drink caffeinated beverages like coffee, colas, some teas;
- Do not drink alcohol;
- Consume high fiber foods;
- Eat more radish for quicker digestion;
- Include in your daily ration coriander, mint, parsley, and oregano;
- After each meal chew fennel seeds;
- Eat turnip or sip its juice.
Lifestyle changes for people with body odor
- Take a bath or shower daily, at least once per day;
- Avoid using harsh soaps. Choose soaps with natural ingredients;
- Always wash your clothes and wear clean clothes;
- To get rid of the armpit smell, remove the hair from armpits. The hair accumulates sweat and provokes the production of bacteria;
- Wear breathable and natural clothing.
Commonly, bad odor on your body can be eliminated if you maintain proper hygiene and follow the above-mentioned dietary and lifestyle tips.