Proper hydration is essential for body health. It releases toxins from the body and helps to reduce body odor. Dehydration can cause dry skin, which can exacerbate bacteria and increase body odor. In addition, there are certain diseases that can cause body odor: Kidney and liver disease, diabetes, cancer, metabolic disorders, digestive disorders, infections, hormonal changes and parasites. As with body odor, dehydration may be also caused by certain types of health conditions, such as parasites. Drinking plenty of fluids, however, can help to reduce the symptoms, as well as help in eliminating the disease and body odor.
Dehydration can cause body odor as fluids are the vehicle by which harmful substances can leave the body. If allowed to accumulate, it will eventually result in an unpleasant odor.
The scientific breakdown of body odor can be attributed to the following:
Bromhidrosis – a foul smelling odor from sweat. Sweat is odorless, but the rapid growth of bacteria is the cause of the odor. The sweat breaks down into acids. The areas that are first likely to have an odor are the groin, armpits and feet.
Propionic acid is one acid that is commonly found in sweat. It is commonly described as a vinegar-like smell.
Isovaleric acid is another reason for body odor. Surprisingly, it is the same bacteria found in some cheeses.
Some remedies for body odor include baking soda, ginger, essential oils and dietary changes which include drinking more fluids, avoiding processed foods and eating more fruits and vegetables. Shower at least once a day and make sure you completely dry all areas to minimize bacteria growth. Minimizing dead skin on the feet and elbows can also reduce the amount of odor-producing bacteria.
The recommended fluid intake for the average female is 2.2 liter or 9 cups, and the average fluid intake for the average male is 3 liters or 13 cups of fluids. This needs to be increased for very active people who sweat more, as well as for those who suffer from a disease. One can easily see if they might be dehydrated by pinching the skin on the wrist; it should be very elastic and go immediately back in position. If there is any time delay for the skin to return to normal, then one might be dehydrated.
One should try to incorporate fresh juice into their diet as it helps to replenish nutrients in an efficient manner. Juicing will also help give the abdominal organs a rest. The juice cleanses the whole body, which then allows for weight loss and healing to take place. Drinking water or juice will help one feel full and thus result in less cravings. Diabetics or high blood pressure patients should focus more on vegetables than fruit since the fruits contain fructose which might affect their condition.
There can be many causes of body odor and dehydration and ultimately the primary cause will have to be resolved for the body odor to go away. Dehydration has an easy remedy; drink more water! So cheers to your good health!