The importance of sweating and staying well hydrated cannot be overstated. Sweat helps to expel toxins and staying hydrated helps to increase the production of sweat. If the body becomes dehydrated, toxins can accumulate and give off an unpleasant body odor. Accumulated toxins also make the body vulnerable to various diseases.
Sweat can be induced through physical exercise, a hot bath, a sauna, or by laying out in the hot sun. When people sweat, they are, of course, losing water out of their body. That water needs to be replaced fairly quickly if the body is not to dehydrate. The best fluids to help keep one hydrated are fresh clean water, fruit and vegetable juices and herbal teas. The more one sweats, the more fluids are needed to remain well hydrated.
The Negative of Sweating
Socially Unacceptable. Sweating has been seen to be socially unacceptable in certain social groups, particularly for women in some countries where it was seen as vulgar. “You’re not perspiring. You are glowing” was a phrase polite society used to call the human cooling mechanism.
With sweating comes something far more socially unacceptable: Body odor. Body odor is one trait which is completely unacceptable in many societies. There are huge industries built around providing sprays, liquids and oils, to make people smell nice, sometimes for up to 48 hours. Yes, body odor is a business opportunity. People get embarrassed by it so much that they spend hundreds of dollars a year making sure that they are approachable, in an aromatic sense.
Avoidable Odor. But, is smelling bad avoidable, especially if people sweat so much? Absolutely!
Not all people have bad odor when they sweat. People in a gym getting a hard workout sometimes only have a noticeable odor when they stop sweating. The same is true for those on a plant-based diet because the plants help to naturally keep the body clean from the inside out.
As mentioned, sweating can be prevented by sprays, as can body odor. The problem with these preventative measures is that they often block pores in the skin which, if used for prolonged periods, are not good for you.
Body odor can also be produced for reason other than sweating at the gym. Body odor can be caused by stress induced sweating, illness and anxiety.
The Benefits of Sweating
Cooling Sweat. Sweating is cooling. We need to sweat in order to keep cool, especially in the hot summer months. The evaporation that occurs disseminates heat from our bodies as soon as it comes in contact with the skin. Without sweat, we would overheat and, possibly, die.
So, although sweating can seem unsightly, it is a bodily function without which we could not survive.
Gets Rid of Toxins. Sweating also helps the body get rid of toxins. Those toxins mix with the existing bacteria on the skin and, if left unwashed, start to smell. So, it’s not surprising that people smell after a good workout. The more the body sweats, the more toxins it secretes. Replacing the liquid lost through sweating can help to flush out the toxins effectively and reduce the odor omitted by the body.
Firstly, the benefits of drinking water cannot be underestimated for smelling fresh. Drinking water helps the body to regulate itself in several ways including helping the kidneys to function properly and filter out toxins within the body.
Some people use a mix of lemon or lime juice with baking soda which they place, say, under their armpits for 5 to 10 minutes before taking a shower to reduce body odor. Other people suggest that a bath containing warm water and vinegar helps them smell fresh.
Others suggest cutting out garlic, onions and red meat, in order to reduce their body odor problems. It is true that red meat is a major contributor. Garlic and onions, on the other hand, may contribute to an increased odor initially because both contain compounds that help the body to release toxins. As a result, they can actually help to reduce body odor in the long run.
How about fighting odorous bacteria with good bacteria? Probiotics, yogurt and fermented foods, contain healthy bacteria that help to deal with the issue in the gut.
Another approach is to look at a plant based diet to prevent body odor. Plants such as cilantro, parsley and celery, help to cleanse internally, thus preventing body odors. Herbs are also recommended natural remedies for reducing or preventing body odor.
There are numerous ways to prevent body odor, and one of the simplest, most natural ways is to drink plenty of fresh water each day to remain fresh, healthy and approachable. People don’t have to rely on heavily processed liquids and sprays to keep smelling sweet. There are many simple, easily available and natural remedies for body odor.