Body odor can put you in some very embarrassing social situations. You may be the recipient of a scrunched-up nose or in worst-case scenarios, people might just move away from you.
Unless it is family or really close friends who can openly tell you how bad you smell, you won’t even know how bad your body odor is and how it is affecting others. Sprays and deodorants can solve the issue temporarily, but it is very important to know the underlying causes for your body odor to get rid of it or take precautions.
It is not only physical exertion and the resultant sweat that causes you to smell but a lot of other factors like the menstrual cycle in the case of women and the food that you eat. Here are some ways you can naturally treat body odor.
1. Wash yourself every day
Most of us have a quick shower every day, relegating leisurely baths for the nighttime or over the weekend. We tend to ignore scrubbing well. While washing, it is important to scrub the armpits and the feet well, as these are hot spots for bacterial accumulation which cause body odor. It is also advisable to change your socks every day as they too leave a strong smell on your feet when left for a long time.
2. Dry yourself well
As important as washing is, it is equally important that you dry your hair, your armpits, your groin, and other regions well. When your body is damp from your bath and you dress over it, odor-producing bacteria tend to grow faster, making you smell.
3. Use Vinegar in problem areas
We know better what regions of our body smell the most, spritzing vinegar in the problem areas helps get rid of the smell. This is because vinegar or apple cider vinegar acts as a natural antiseptic and kills fungi and bacteria. You can apply it to your body and wipe it after a while to have an odorless day.
4. Add wheatgrass or chlorophyll supplements to your diet
These green supplements act as natural deoxidizers and keep you smelling nice throughout the day.
5. Wear clothes made of natural fibers
Wearing clothes made of natural fibers like cotton and silk helps your skin breathe easier and helps reduce the bad odor in your body.
6. Balance your diet
Avoid odor-causing food items in your diet. Onions, garlic, and caffeinated drinks are some of the regular suspects. Avoid these and other food that causes bad body odor. Some food may cause bad reactions only to some, so find out what foods cause bad odor in you.
7. Go for detox and check your digestive health
You can detox your body to get rid of the accumulated toxins and also get checked with a doctor about your digestive process as indigestion and a bad gut can also cause bad body odor.
Deodorants and other chemical products can clog your pores and are known to cause nerve problems. Hence it is always wise to choose natural products to get rid of body odor.