Everyone sweats and produces an unpleasant smell that we have come to know as Body Odor, also known as bromhidrosis. It is a distinctive, usually stinky, scent that occurs when a person sweats. Body odor can be the result of too much sweating, and a person can even be unaware of his/her body odor. This can be a sign of poor hygiene, but could also be related to a more serious issue. Body odor is more common in men than women and children usually don’t develop body odor until puberty. This is because the hormones stimulate the child’s sweat glands and oils under the armpits and genital region.
Symptoms of Body Odor:
Some people sweat more and others sweat less, and certain people smell and others don’t. Symptoms of body odor can be:
- Night Sweats
- Unexplained or Excessive Sweating
- Cold Hands
- Weight Loss
Causes of Body Odor:
Sweat itself is essentially odorless to people. Body odor is caused by bacteria on the skin breaking down sweat into acids. The genitals and armpits tend to smell worse because those sweat glands produce oils and proteins, which bacteria feed on. Certain people inherit a tendency to sweat more than others and sweat on their hands and feet, in addition to their armpits and genital region.
- Poor Hygiene
- Unhealthy Diet
- Hormonal Changes
- Medication (a side effect may include excessive sweating)
- Poor Digestion
- One of the best ways to treat body odor is to maintain good personal hygiene. Washing regularly, wearing clean clothes, and changing sheets frequently can curb the foul smells of body odor.
- Drinking the right amount of water can make a difference in the way one smells. It’s suggested to consume eight 8oz. glasses of water each day to stay properly hydrated. A great way to remember how much water to drink is to halve your body weight and drink it in ounces of water per day. This means that if you weigh 150lbs, your water intake should be 75oz. daily.
- Making a change in your diet can also improve the way you smell. If you eat processed foods, fried foods, alcohol, genetically engineered foods, sugar, and salt, then you will be sweating these toxins out, making your sweat more desirable to bacteria. Eating raw vegetables and fruit, raw nuts and seeds, and whole oats like barley or buckwheat can help improve body odor.
- Sometimes poor digestion can be the cause of body odor. Consuming foods high in probiotics can help the digestive system function smoothly and improve overall body odor. Apple cider vinegar and water can be a great digestive aid.
- Using deodorant is a great way to control body odor. Make sure you are careful when choosing deodorants. There are lots of natural deodorants, so you can avoid using anti-perspirants, which can cause skin irritation or other negative effects in the long run.