Body odor is caused by the breaking down of sweat cells as they come in contact with the bacteria on the skin. According to medical professionals, the sweat causes the bacteria to multiply, which then speeds up the process of breaking down the sweat. Each sweat cell is broken into small acidic or toxic molecules that give way to an unpleasant body odor.
Although the above is true, it is not the real cause of body odor. The real cause, or the root of the problem lies within the body. Body odor is usually a sign that something has gone wrong in the digestive system or somewhere else in the body. The right medications, supplements and a healthy diet can help to reduce and even eliminate body odor once and for all.
The body basically has two types of sweat glands. Each type has a different function and produces a different type of sweat. The eccrine glands are designed to maintain the correct body temperature and the sweat they produce is generally odorless. The apocrine glands serve as scent glands. The scents they give off depend on the gender, health and diet of each individual. In most individuals, these glands bring forth a fatty and protein-rich sweat that when broken down by the skin’s bacteria gives way to an unpleasant body odor.
The general public is led to believe that body odor is natural and that there is not a whole lot that an individual can do to prevent it. However, it is not natural and it does not have to be present in a healthy individual who follows a clean diet and practices good hygiene. Listed below are some of the root causes of body odor, and when those are eliminated or dealt with properly the odor can be reduced and eliminated.
Red meat, especially in large amounts, can contribute to bad body odor. The meat is high in protein, which is good for the overall health of the body. However, meat contains such high amounts of it that the body is unable to use it all. The protein that it cannot use is expelled from the body via the eliminating organs, including the skin.
Medical professionals agree that the sweat produced by the apocrine glands is high in protein, which when broken down causes an odor to arise. If that excess protein is not present in the sweat an odor is less likely to occur. Therefore, by reducing the intake of red meat and other acidic proteins one can reduce the risk of bad body odor.
Healthy alternatives to red meat are avocados and nuts and seeds. They not only contain all the protein the body needs, but they also provide the body with plenty of healthy fats.
In today’s society toxic foods are very common. They are heavily advertised and are available on just about every shelf at the grocery store. They look good, are tasty and are also very addictive to the human body. Nonetheless, they are foreign to the body and will result in an odorous sweat once the body expels them.
A good way to avoid these foods is to learn to cook from scratch. Incorporating plenty of greens, superfood powders and nuts and seeds can help to restore nutrients so that the cravings for junk and processed foods can be reduced and eliminated. In addition, plant-based foods are high in chlorophyll, which can help to clean and freshen the body from the inside out.
Poor nutrition can result in poor oral health. Teeth need calcium and many other minerals in order to remain strong and healthy. If the body is depleted of those minerals or if it is acidic, then it will draw those minerals from the teeth leaving them vulnerable and prone to cavities. Cavities that are not dealt with can result in a bad breath.
In addition, poor nutrition can also result in a number of diseases that contribute to an odor.
The digestive system is the body’s best mechanism for eliminating waste. If the digestive system is slow the toxic wastes can get reabsorbed into the body. As a result, the other eliminating organs, including the skin, often get stuck with the task of eliminating that waste. It is a nasty thought to think that the stuff that was supposed to leave the body via the stool is now coming out through the skin. But that is exactly what happens in many cases of body odor.
The digestive system can be improved by consuming lots of plant-based fibers as they go in and clean the system so that new foods can travel through and be absorbed much quicker. Probiotics and fermented foods are also good for the digestive system because they help to restore the flora needed for healthy digestion.
Hormonal changes that occur during puberty and menopause often contribute to a foul body odor. A woman’s menstrual cycle is a time of cleansing, and thus can also be a cause.
Body odor is one of the first signs of sickness and disease. However, there are also many diseases, such as diabetes, cancer and kidney disease, which directly contribute to an odor.
Diabetic Ketoacidosis. This condition can result in a fruity smell on the breath. It is a condition wherein the body lacks the necessary insulin to absorb the glucose. As a result, the body begins to break down fat cells to help in the absorption of glucose. This breaking down of the fat cells then leads to an unpleasant body odor.
Kidney Disease. The kidneys are one of the elimination organs. If they are diseased they cannot eliminate the toxins effectively. The toxins then accumulate in the body and are eventually expelled in an odorous sweat.
Liver Disease. The liver is another eliminating organ. It is responsible for cleaning the blood and the blood is responsible for cleaning the body. But when the liver doesn’t function properly, the toxins remain and build up in the blood and body.
Infections. Yeast infections, urinary tract infections, skin infections and others can lead to a body odor.
Obesity. Obesity is basically a condition wherein the body has become very toxic due to a slow digestive system, disease or from eating the wrong foods. Although the toxins can remain in the body for years, many of them are forced out through the skin in an odorous sweat.
Uterine Cancers. One of the symptoms of uterine cancer is a foul smelling discharge.
Metabolic Disorders. A metabolic disorder is a condition wherein an individual is unable to break down the foods and absorb them into the body. As a result, food particles are allowed to float around in the body where they become toxic and contribute to an odor.
In addition to diseases, there are also many medications that can cause body odor. These medications generally tend to contribute to excess sweating and dehydration.
Although sweating is good, it releases many toxins if the body is toxic and can temporarily increase body odor. The key is to consume plenty of fluids in order to allow the body to sweat as it needs as well as to avoid dehydration.
Some of the medications that cause excess sweating are pain killers, such as morphine and aspirin, anti-psychotic medications and fever medications.
Other medications can lead to a reduced amount of saliva in the mouth. Saliva is essential for pre-digesting food and for washing away harmful bacteria. If not enough saliva is present, then it allows the harmful bacteria to multiply, which then leads to poor health and eventually body odor.
Some of the medications that have this effect are birth control pills, anti-depressants, antihistamines, some blood pressure medications and some dieting pills.
How To Deal With Body Odor
It is not always easy to eliminate body odor, especially if the body is ill with one or more diseases. However, by taking small steps in the right direction, body odor can be reduced and overtime be eliminated as the body heals.
One of the quickest ways to deal with body odor is to take frequent showers. They can be taken several times per day as needed or as time permits.
A hot bath will help to promote the release of toxins through sweating. Warming foods, such as ginger and garlic will also promote sweating. Both a hot bath and warming foods will temporarily increase body odor, but will reduce it in the long run.
Although many commercial deodorants and antiperspirants are effective at masking body odor, they nonetheless should be avoided whenever possible. They often contain aluminum and other unnatural substances that can make their way into the body and bloodstream and cause disease. It is important to read the labels and make sure that they do not contain aluminum and that the ingredients are natural. Natural deodorants are generally more expensive and are available at most health food stores.
Home remedies for body odor include the use of baking soda, fresh ginger juice, rose petals and essential oils.