preventing body odor, causes of body odor, effective treatment of body odor

Published: 19th March 2010
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Most people sweat when they exercise or exert themselves, are in a hot environment, or are nervous, anxious, or under stress. This type of sweating is both natural and vigorous.

Sweating is usually only a minor irritation. The odor is probably more troublesome.

For normal sweating and body odor, however, lifestyle and home treatments can effectively manage your symptoms. In some cases, a prescription antiperspirant or deodorant may be needed.

Body odor can kill your confidence and can be disastrous for your social life. Body odor is caused by the interaction of bacteria with the sweat from the apocrine glands in your hair follicles. These sweat from these glands contains fats which are broken down by the bacteria, sometimes resulting in body odor. There are a lot of variables that influence the severity of body odor including, but not limited to, diet, personal hygeine, the fabrication of your clothing, some types of sickness and the tolerance of others


Healthy people sweat, but when, where and how much varies widely. Factors that cause most people to sweat include:

• Exercise, especially strenuous exercise

• Hot weather

• Nervousness, anxiety or stress

Contact your medical provider if you experience any of the following:

• You suddenly begin to sweat much more or less than usual.

• Sweating disrupts your daily routine.

• You experience night sweats for no apparent reason.


The cause of sweating and body odor stems from your body's temperature regulation system, specifically your sweat glands.

Your skin has two types of sweat glands: eccrine glands and apocrine glands. Eccrine glands occur over most of your body and open directly onto the surface of the skin.

cause of body odor...

• Kidney disease

• Liver disease

• Fungal infections

• Refined sugar feeds bacteria and fungus on the skin


For excessive underarm odor, try using a mild solution of hydrogen peroxide (3%) that is cheap and can be picked up at the pharmacy. Put a teaspoonful in a glass of water and wash the underarm. If that doesn't work, increase the amount of peroxide.

Since toxic overload may be one of the causes, try taking steam baths or saunas frequently as part of an overall detoxification program.

Wellness program

Lifestyle changes

There are certain lifestyle changes to make if you have a constant problem with body odor. Occasional problems can be treated if you know the cause. We suggest a program of daily bathing, changes in diet, and changes in clothing.

Bathing Bathe daily to remove bacteria from your skin, especially the armpits and groin area where the bacteria is most prevalent. Scrub the armpits with a soapy washcloth as that will work better to remove the bacteria than just soap in your hands. Deodorant soap is preferable as it helps fight bacteria more than regular soaps. If you have a serious odor problem, soak for fifteen minutes or longer in a tub of water with three cups of tomato juice added. Don't forget, tomato juice works on you and your pets if you have been "skunked"!

Clothing is an area many people overlook. Loosely fitting clothes allow the body to inhalation better than tight clothes. The perspiration escapes and doesn't become a breeding ground for bacteria. The type of fabric is also very important. Synthetic fabrics for shoes and clothes don't allow the body to breathe, so use all natural fabrics. Clean your dress often.

Dietary changes are also very important in eliminating various sources of odor. Certain food such as meat, onions, garlic, exotic spices, and drinks such as coffee and alcohol can lead to body odor. Try eliminating these from your diet for a week or two and see if this makes a difference. Although you can usually smell your own B.O. if it is from your armpits many people don't realize they have general body odor because they have become accustomed to it. Have someone you can confide in do a "smell test" - before and after you start eliminating certain foods. With the purpose of may be the only way you will find out.

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