There are several myths around the subject of body odor. These body odor myths cover up the truth as to what it really is, what causes it and how to stop it. The myths have the general population to believe that body odor is naturally caused by sweating and the best way to deal with it is to mask it with chemicals. The truth, however, is that body odor is not natural and can be prevented and eliminated when the body is healthy and a proper diet is followed.
Sweat Alone Does Not Cause Body Odor
Some of the worst offenders for causing body odor are fast foods and heavily processed foods. Animal foods in excess will also contribute to body odor. The reason these foods cause the odor is because the body is unable to process and eliminate them before they go rancid. As a result, the food eventually makes it’s way out through the skin.
There are also many diseases that cause body odor. These include diabetes, cancer and parasites.
Body Odor Myth #1
The first body odor myth is in regards to the cause. Medical professionals say that bad body odor is caused by bacteria that begin to multiply when they come in contact with the sweat. The bacteria produces enzymes that break down the sweat, which then releases acidic molecules that contribute to an unpleasant odor.
It is interesting to note that the same bacteria that lives in the armpits is the same bacteria that resides on the skin covering the rest of the body. Yet, body odor primarily arises from the armpit and groin areas. The sweat rolling down your face and coming out of the rest of your body is generally odorless. This is because it is a different type of sweat than what comes out of the armpits, which is generally high in protein. It is this protein that gives way to an unpleasant odor when it is broken down.
Experts agree that it is the protein that causes the odor to arise. But they give no explanation as to why the sweat is high in protein, which is the real cause of body odor. If an individual can reduce the high amounts of protein coming out of the body, then the body odor would be reduced as well.
Instead, medical experts have led the general public to believe that it is normal to sweat out that much protein and that there is nothing that anyone can do about it. But as you will see later in the article, there is a lot that you can do to control the type of sweat that comes out of your body.
The average body has about 3-4 million sweat glands located all over the body. These glands are called the ‘eccrine glands’ and the ‘apocrine glands’.
The eccrine glands are located in just about all areas of the skin surrounding the body. They help to regulate the body temperature, especially in the summer when it is hot. The sweat they produce is brought to the surface of the skin through coiled ducts, which when it hits the surface of the skin evaporates and cools the body.
These glands produce a sweat that is high in salt and usually is odorless. According to medical professionals this sweat is odorless because it is harder to break down by the bacteria. In my opinion, however, this sweat is odorless because it does not contain any odorous or toxic molecules.
The other type of sweat glands are the apocrine glands. These are also located in the skin; but mainly in the armpit and groin areas. They are also found in the ear where they help to form earwax, and in the breast where they help to produce milk.
The sweat produced by the apocrine glands is generally odorous and high in protein and fats. These glands do not kick in until puberty, which is why young children do not have a body odor as most adults do. The apocrine glands help to detoxify the body of harmful substances that can eventually lead to disease.
The Root of the Problem
I do not argue with the fact that body odor arises when the sweat comes in contact with the bacteria on the skin. But it is a myth to say that it is the root cause of body odor. There is a reason why the sweat is so acidic and high in protein.
As already mentioned, the apocrine glands are responsible for eliminating harmful substances from the body. The sweat they release from the body is high in toxic materials, which when released from their fat cells gives way to an odor. Therefore, if the body is clean, the toxins coming forth from these glands are minimal, thus leaving the sweat seemingly odorless. So you see, body odor is not really caused by the sweat or by the bacteria, but rather by the toxins. The role of the sweat and bacteria is simply to expel and break down what is already present in the body. In other words, the root cause of body odor stems from internal toxins.
The odorous toxins primarily come from the foods we eat, such as meat and other animal products, which are high in protein. As a matter of fact, they are so high in protein that the body is unable to use it all. The unused protein is then expelled from the body via the eliminating organs, including the skin. When this protein is broken down by the bacteria on the skin, it results in odor.
Fast food and other processed foods also contribute to body odor as they are loaded with foreign substances that cannot be broken down by the digestive system. They too are expelled via the skin and result in an odorous sweat.
When all those toxic foods are eliminated from the diet, the amount of toxins expelled from the body is reduced, which then reduces body odor as well.
Body Odor Myth #2
The second myth involves the solution to body odor. According to the experts, the only way to stop this is to either stop the sweating or mask the odor with harmful chemicals otherwise known as antiperspirants and deodorants. Although these products work wonders in helping to block the odor they often contain chemicals, such as aluminum, which can lead to cancer, Alzheimer’s disease and many other health problems.
Sweat by itself is odorless and is not the cause of body odor by any means. Therefore, stopping the sweat or masking the odor is not the answer.
To the contrary, many researchers have found that sweating is actually good for you. As a matter of fact, it is so good that you should promote sweating instead of halting the process. This can be done by taking a hot bath, sitting in the hot sun or in a sauna.
The benefits of sweating is a cleaner internal and external body. It cleans the pores of the skin and thereby helps to clear up many skin problems and also reduces the signs of aging.
Why the Myths?
In order to understand why the body odor myths were conjured up we first have to understand that the medical industry is not looking to heal people. They need sickness and disease in order for them to make money. If body odor were eliminated, then the risk of disease would also be eliminated or at least, greatly reduced. That may be a bold statement, but it is actually quite simple. Both body odor and disease are caused primarily by toxins. Therefore, if toxins are eliminated, the odor and disease can be prevented. Once body odor exists in an individual, we can know that there is something wrong on the inside, which if not dealt with in a timely manner can lead to other health problems.
Despite the truth, the general public is led to believe that body odor is natural, that it is caused by sweating and that it must be masked with their products. Although they work, they commonly contain toxic chemicals and heavy metals, which are absorbed into the bloodstream and lymphatic system. These toxins are a major cause for many diseases that bring in millions of dollars for the FDA and drug companies. So not only can the big companies sell us deodorants, but they are also setting us up for diseases that will bring them in even more money.
How To Prevent Body Odor
Although we have been led to believe that there is nothing that we can do to prevent body odor, there is plenty that we can do to prevent and eliminate it once and for all. We just have to understand that what goes into the body, also must come out.
Once we stop putting toxic material into our mouths we won’t have to deal with toxins coming out through our skin. Getting rid of the toxins is a process that will not happen over night; but by eliminating all toxic foods, such as conventionally raised meats, dairy, canned foods, fast foods, sugar, and everything that is not natural, we can begin the healing process and eliminate toxins and body odor.
A juice fast is very beneficial once the cleansing process has begun. Fasting will take the cleansing to the next level as it gives the digestive system a break. Instead of focusing on digestion, it can now focus on eliminating toxins from the body. The juice will help to eliminate heavy metals and other toxins from the bloodstream as well as from tissue cells. In addition to cleansing, a juice fast will also restore many of the essential vitamins and other nutrients that the body needs.
Natural Body Odor Remedies
Did you know that a plant-based diet is actually a natural body deodorizer? The chlorophyll in leafy green plants helps to clean the body from the inside out. Herbs and spices like basil, celery, cilantro, cinnamon, cloves, coriander, cumin, fennel, ginger, lemon balm, mint, nutmeg, oregano, parsley, rosemary, sage and thyme, are great herbs to freshen up. Every time you eat them some of their scents will make their way through your skin when you sweat, which then can stop any unpleasant odor.
In addition, a plant-based diet is great for helping to detoxify the body of harmful substances that give way to body odor.
It takes a while to cleanse the internal body and therefore, you will need to find a way to deal with the odor until it is eliminated. You can try the following natural body odor remedies to help you to reduce the odor. Whatever you do, stop using deodorant with aluminum and allow your body to sweat.
1.) You can apply baking soda, fresh ginger juice, or a natural deodorant salt crystal to your armpits.
2.) Rinsing your armpits with water mixed with some alcohol or white vinegar will help. Apple cider vinegar also works well.
3.) Rose drops or other essential oils can be added to your bath water in order to deodorize the whole body.
4.) Mix a few drops of essential oils with some water in a spray bottle and use as a deodorant spray.
5.) Shower multiple times per day if time allows.
6.) If you have a sauna, use it daily, if not, take hot baths to promote sweating.
7.) Drink lots of fluids as they will help to wash your body from the inside out.
8.) Avoid toxic foods like the plague.