Body odour, technically known as bromhidrosis, osmidrosis or ozochrotia, or more simply as BO, is caused by the breakdown of skin proteins by bacteria on the skin. The specific odour depends to some extent on the type of bacteria on your skin, the proteins they break down, the acids that are produced, the foods you eat, the amount of sweat you produce, and your overall state of health.
BATHE REGULARLY AND KEEP YOURSELF COMPLETELY DRY
Bathe or shower regularly. Since bacteria reacting with sweat produced by your sweat glands causes body odour, it is important to bathe or shower regularly. Use a gentle, plant-oil based soap and lather up. The greater the amount of lather and the longer you lather up, the more effective you are likely to be in removing bacteria from your skin.
Make sure you dry yourself completely. This is especially important in those areas that are prone to body odour: the groin, armpits, and around the nipples. Also ensure that any areas of skin folds (under the breasts, in the groin, at the abdomen) are completely dry.
WEAR FRESH AND CLEAN CLOTHES
Wear natural-fiber clothing like cotton, silk or wool. Make sure the clothes are clean. If you exercise and sweat, using synthetic materials that wick away moisture may be useful, but change back into the natural fibers after you shower away the sweat. Cotton clothes allow the skin to breathe, reducing the amount of sweat. Therefore, wearing cotton clothes keeps the skin healthy, dry and odour-free.
AVOID WEARING FOOTWEAR AND SOCKS FOR A LONG PERIOD OF TIME
Closed footwear will lead to offensive odour from the feet if you sweat a lot, as there is lack of aeration. This is especially true if shoes are made of non-breathable materials. Aim to wear sandals, flip-flops or more breathable shoes as much as possible.
QUIT SMOKING AND CHEWING TOBACCO
Quit smoking and chewing tobacco. Smoking and chewing tobacco lead to the production of free radicals which damage the body. They also lead to the formation of bacteria on the skin, which emit bad odour.
DRINK LOTS OF WATER
Drink lots of water. Water is an excellent solvent that flushes all the toxins from the body. Water is the most neutral substance and reduces the formation of bacteria in the intestines. Drinking around 8 to 10 glasses of water daily will help keep the skin healthy, hydrated and odour-free.
EAT FOOD PRODUCTS CONTAINING PROBIOTICS
Probiotics are natural, gut-friendly bacteria which help to control the growth of other toxic bacteria in the intestines. Probiotics promote the growth of the bacteria lactobacilli bifidus, which improves digestion and reduces gut toxins. Substances like yogurt and buttermilk contain probiotics.
Consuming one cup of a probiotic substance each day is very helpful and should be continued for a period of six months. It will improve your overall health as body odour may be just a matter of good digestion
STOP TAKING ODOUR PRODUCING FOODS
There are a number of foods that may change your body odour. Fatty foods (fatty meats, poultry with skin, fried foods) and some spices (curry, garlic, onions) can change your body odour. Omit these foods at least for two to four weeks and see if that makes a difference.
Eat enough green vegetables. Not eating enough green vegetables can result in body odour. Green vegetables contain chlorophyllin, a natural odor-absorbing substance
USE OF NATURAL ANTIPERSPIRANT
Use a commercial-made natural antiperspirant. If you are uncomfortable with using a conventional commercial antiperspirant or deodorant, find a natural product instead. Make your own antiperspirant, you can find a variety of recipes online. You can try this;
Mix 3/4 cup arrowroot powder and 4 teaspoons aluminum-free baking powder. Melt 6 tablespoons organic cocoa or mango butter and 2 tablespoons unrefined coconut oil together in a double boiler. Stir together the melted ingredients and the dry ingredients and then add 1/2 teaspoon lemongrass essential oil to the mixture. Store in a lidded glass jar. This does not need to be refrigerated.
TRY A SOLUTION OF HYDROGEN PEROXIDE
Treat your body odour with a solution of hydrogen peroxide as an antibacterial solution. Take 1 teaspoon of 3% hydrogen peroxide and mix with 1 cup of water. Using a cotton washcloth, soak the washcloth in the hydrogen peroxide-water solutions, squeeze out the excess, and wipe your underarms, groin and feet with the solution.
WIPE YOUR SKIN WITH APPLE CIDER VINEGAR