December 9 2016
Do you ever get on the bus in a hot summer day and just get completely bombarded with the ungodly stench of B.O. from someone’s armpit? Do you ever wonder what in the world could have possibly made them smell so horrible? Do you ever have a whiff of yourself and almost gag from your own body odour and wonder why you smell like 5 day old garbage juice? There is a plethora of reasons as to why you stink, and a bunch of solutions too so that you don’t make small children cry by stinging their eyes with your horrible scent in the future. Our body odour can actually be a really good indicator of our diet, hygiene, health, habits and much more than we even realize.
Everybody sweats. Whether we work out, it’s hot where we are or we are stressed or many other reasons, we sweat. It is our bodies’ natural way of cooling down. Sweat itself is not the cause of body odour though, it is when the sweat reaches the surface of your skin and bacteria breaks it down is a smell detectable, the varying degrees of odour are completely dependent on each person though. Your diet plays a huge role in your body odour. What we eat is an enormous factor for what we smell like. It is fine to have a drink every once in a while, but excessive alcohol consumption will definitely give you breath and body odour that is as bad as your hangover the following day. When we consume alcohol, it goes through the blood and body but some of it seeps out through our pores, which explains why we smell so bad when we have a hangover. It is always good practice to drink a lot of water when consuming alcohol, especially before we go to bed. Water will help you urinate a lot of the alcohol out and will keep you hydrated. Consuming excessive amounts of caffeine is also a huge factor when it comes to body odour. Caffeine activates our sweat glands and dehydrates us which leaves a nasty smell. Having “coffee breath” is also an issue amongst coffee drinkers due to the fact that coffee is a diuretic which will dehydrate the mouth, leaving behind only a stale coffee and bad breath smell. It is important in the case of coffee drinkers to drink more water to help your body rid itself of the excess caffeine and keep you hydrated. In the case of both caffeine and alcohol, they are very acidic substances that can actually cause a toxic build up in your liver which (among many other things) can cause bad breath and bad body odour. It is important to try to keep alkaline so your body can actually eliminate the toxins out of your body more efficiently by drinking more water, eating more green vegetables and even taking a chlorophyll supplement has been proven to help alkalize the body and eliminate bad body odours while helping to re-supply the body with antioxidants and vitamins that could have been lost through urine with caffeine’s diuretic effects.
What you eat is also a big contributing factor towards how you smell. Excessive amounts of red meat, spicy food, excessive spices such as curry and processed food can cause a bit of B.O. due to the fact that it requires a lot of digestive effort which can cause a lot of acidic build up and even some sweat which will result both in bad body odour and bad breath as well as indigestion. This will also typically result in an excess of acidic production in the digestive system causing issues with eliminating waste. Realistically speaking, someone who already consumes these things regularly will probably have a bit of difficulty eliminating these things all together from their diet, but to try and minimize how often red meat and pungent spices are consumed and maybe trying to replace processed junk food with something healthier like fruits or vegetables or more wholesome homemade snacks will likely reduce your body odour as well as help with many different digestive issues (sluggish metabolism, acid reflux, bad gas etc.). Consuming roots like ginger and turmeric help quite a lot with digestion as well as reducing stomach inflammation which can slow down digestion and cause nausea. Mint is another good option to reduce stomach issues and it helps to reduce flatulence.
Stress is one of the biggest factors when it comes to how we smell to other people. When someone says they can “smell desperation on you” they may not be joking around! Body odour is a secondary effect to anxiety. When we feel stressed we tend to sweat a lot more and our body acidity levels tend to rise up a tiny bit. That mixed with the sweat can cause bad body odor. In this case it is important to try to take the time to meditate and relax. Breathing exercises as well as just taking the time to stop and reflect on what it making you so anxious in a calmer matter will help to reduce your stress levels and your body’s acidity levels. Taking a regular dosage of vitamin B as well as magnesium[iv] and drinking water and eating dark green vegetables will help to reduce both physical and mental stress.
What this bares down to is that our body odor is a reflection of our day to day lives. Our diets, our daily activities and habits, our health, stress levels, even our emotions are clearly indicated by the way that we smell. If we don’t want to smell completely repugnant, it is important to try to stay healthy because whatever our bodies are going to filter through, that is what we are going to end up smelling like, so we may as well make ourselves feel healthy so we can at the very least smell healthy.