Most people think sweat causes body odor. In fact, real sweat is clear, clean and odorless, unless it’s scented by foods such as onion, garlic,coffee or booze. Al thought copious sweat may contribute to odor by helping to disperse body secretions, it’s usually not the main cause.
So what causes the smell?
A milky substance, secreted in very small amounts from special glands called apocrine glands, found under the arms and in the groin. Once it hits the skin, this secretion quickly undergoes bacterial decomposition. That’s what causes the bad smell. Here are some natural cures for body odor:
Baking soda works because it kills odor-causing bacteria and absorbs moisture. Many people find it’s just as effective as deodorant.
A typical deodorant contains an ingredient that inhibits odor causing bacteria on the skin, such as triclosan chloride. Most also contain some sort of fragrance to help mask odors. And some contain moisture absorbing powders such as cornstarch or talc.
Some people recommend zinc supplement. This is a remedy that has been around for quite some time but has yet to be proven or disproved in any sort of scientific way. The zinc contain some antiperspirants that helps prevent perspiration by acting directly on the sweat glands, perhaps both as an antibacterial and by plugging sweat gland pores. But experts say that, taken in oral form doesn’t work the same way.
Parsley and Alfalfa
Both parsley and alfalfa contain good amounts of chlorophyll, which apparently has some sort of deodorizing effect. A form of chlorophyll called chlorophyllin copper complex is approved by the Food and Drug Administration as a safe and effective deodorizing compound. This product, sold in tablet form, can be used by in incontinent people to neutralize the odor of urine and feces.
Need we be reminded that bathing regularly might just be our best bet against body odor.