Eight Easy Ways to Smell Fresh Without Really Spending
by James Horner, author of ‘Sweat Free for Good!‘
Over the counter antiperspirants and deodorants, although convenient to use, only mask the underlying problem that is causing you to sweat excessively and to smell bad. Moreover, the aluminum component of almost all deodorants has long been suspected to accumulate in the nervous system. The long-term effects have not yet been fully studied, but heavy metals are not something you want in your body.
Sweating is the body’s natural way of eliminating toxins. Stopping sweat via the excessive use of antiperspirants hinders the natural excretory process, which leads to the toxins being given off in the form of bad breath. The expelled toxins, unable to escape from your antiperspirant-laden skin, have nowhere else to go. They get exhaled, turning your breath sour. So, the best solution is to always deal with the bacteria that turn the otherwise odorless sweat into an embarrassing social situation.
Consider these eight easy ways to smell fresh and clean without relying too much on antiperspirants and deodorants.
It’s as simple as allowing yourself to calm down. Stress triggers body odor. Learn relaxation techniques. You can even perform some of them while you are at work.
Deep-breathing exercises, for example, can be done while you are on your desk chair. Take a few minutes off each day to clear your mind and ward off stress. You will not only feel good. You will not smell, too!
2. Adjust Your Diet
This is the most effective way to prevent your body from developing an embarrassing odor. Bad breath and body odor can result from a low-carbohydrate diet. If you eat too much meat, then your breath and your body will not smell too good.
The byproducts of protein breakdown are pungent compounds. Derive your carbohydrates from whole grains, and eat a lot of fruits and vegetables. Greens act as “internal deodorizers” and keep you fit and trim.
Eating whole grapes and drinking grape juice are healthy ways to naturally cool down your body and thereby reduce sweat. Tomatoes also have that unique cooling-down effect.
The opposite of this cooling-down effect is the “heating” that’s brought about by digesting spicy foods. Have you also noticed that spicy foods have a tendency to generate body odor?
4. Little White Vinegar or Lime in Bath Water
A little white vinegar or freshly squeezed lime (or lemon) in your bath water does wonders. These acidic substances naturally take care of the bacteria that lead to body odor.
And don’t worry about the vinegar – you will not smell like a “pickle” because the acetic acid vapor simply evaporates off your skin.
Cider vinegar applied on your armpit makes an excellent deodorizer. All these natural body-odor remedies do not only mask the smell that results when we perspire, they get to the bottom of what causes the body odor.
5. Stop Excessive Sweating with Cotton Pads Soaked in Baking Soda Solution
Hyperhidrosis or abnormally excessive sweating can be remedied by cotton pads soaked in baking soda solution. The alkaline nature of baking soda reacts with acidic sweat, resulting in the fast evaporation of sweat. This home remedy is also recommended for people who perspire heavily in their armpits.
Use chamomile oil all over your body if you need to stop sweating. Chamomile oil is a much milder natural remedy compared to the baking soda solution.
7. Use Essential Oil Such as Lavender or Tea Tree Oil
Fresh and odor-free underarms can be achieved with a few drops of essential oil. Ten to twelve drops of either lavender oil or tea tree oil mixed with one-fourth cup of water can be applied to your armpit to prevent body odor.
These essential oils do not only smell good; they have amazing antibacterial properties, too. The scent of lavender has a calming effect, so it even doubles as aromatherapy.
8. Practice Good Hygiene
Shower daily to remove the dirt that accumulates on your pores. Hygiene does not mean adherence to antibacterial products. Ordinary mild soap and warm water do the same job as an expensive brand of antibacterial soap.
Commercial products that are loaded with antibacterial ingredients (like triclosan) actually do more harm than good. What they do is to weed off only the weaker bacteria. And because the weak bacteria have all been killed off, the hard-to-kill tougher bacterial strains are then left alone with no competition for sustenance. This gives rise to superbugs. So, as much as possible, stick to mild products with NO antibacterial agents.
(James Horner is author of the book “Sweat Free for Good”, which has fantastic tips like these on how to control excessive sweating and body odor. This book contains practical, sensible, and easy to follow steps to help you stay fresh and dry. You can get more information about it from the book’s official website: http://www.stopsweatingmagic.com. )