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Eat The Right Foods To Say Goodbye To Body Odor

Eat The Right Foods To Say Goodbye To Body Odor

You’re on a date, at an important meeting, or maybe just having a night out with friends. Suddenly, you notice an unpleasant smell and, to your horror, realize it’s coming from you. You don’t understand how you could possibly be suffering from body odor–after all, you showered and put on deodorant just before leaving home.

Could it be something you ate? There’s a close link between diet and body odor and if it’s a problem you suffer from, learning which foods help avoid the odor or make it worse could finally put you in control.

What Causes Body Odor?

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How body odor occurs

    Our bodies are covered in glands that produce sweat when we get hot, helping to cool us down. Sweat doesn’t normally smell, being mostly water and salt, but the apocrine sweat glands, which are found in places like the armpits, release sweat that’s full of proteins. The bacteria that live on our skin love to eat these proteins, and as they do so, they release smelly acids. If you’re struggling to control body odor, learning more about how its affected by food could be the key to combating the problem.

    Foods that Improve Body Odor

    Increasing your intake of certain nutrients helps you reduce odors. Try getting plenty of these in your diet, and see the difference.

    1. Greens

    Leafy green vegetables like spinach, watercress, kale and chard contain high levels of chlorophyll. Chlorophyll is associated with a number of different health benefits, including the ability to neutralize oder-causing compounds [1] in the body. If you’re not eating enough greens, this could make a huge difference.

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    2. Fiber-rich Foods

    Foods that are high in fiber include peas, lentils, and beans. Whatever your source, ensuring you’re eating enough is important for digestion, so any smelly compounds in your food are processed more quickly and less can exit through sweat.

    3. Citrus Fruits

    The acids contained in citrus fruits like oranges, lemons and grapefruit encourage the passage of water through the body, which minimizes toxins. If you struggle to fit fruit into your diet, try having a glass of fresh orange juice in the morning.

    4. Herbal Teas

    Herbal teas, especially peppermint, improve digestion so there’s nothing nasty lingering in your system. Floral jasmine tea can actively help you smell fresher.

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    Foods to Avoid

    While you’re boosting your odor-fighting ability, give the good foods a bit of extra help by limiting or cutting out entirely anything that will make body odor worse.

    1. Coffee

    Bad news, caffeine lovers – coffee can exacerbate body odor problems [2]. Although its stimulating power is why it’s an essential part of many people’s day, this makes sweat glands abnormally active, which means it’s feeding time for bacteria. If you can’t bring yourself to quit completely, try switching one or more of your daily cups for herbal tea.

    2. Red Meat

    Red meat is one of the more difficult things for us to process, and that means it spends a lot of time in the digestive tract. The result of this is an increase in toxins that have been shown [3] to make people smell less attractive.

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    3. Alcohol

    A few drinks here and there probably won’t make a huge difference, but after you’ve had a night on the town, you might notice you don’t smell too fresh the next morning. Alcohol actually seeps out of the pores as the body tries to deal with it, so it’s wise to keep your intake moderately low if you want to avoid nasty smells.

    4. Cumin

    A popular spice, cumin is used in many cooking styles, particularly in Indian cuisine. Unfortunately, this tasty flavoring can really hang about in the pores, leading to an odd smell. It’s even been found that pregnant women who consume lots of cumin can actually affect the body odor of their newborn baby [4].

    5. The Allium Family

    You probably won’t be too surprised to learn that onions, garlic, leeks, and chives [5] can be an underlying cause of body odor. It’s all down to the sulfur compounds they contain, which can exit the body through the pores. It can even linger for a few days after eating the offending plant.

    Generally speaking, you might find that foods with a strong smell make body odor worse, and those with a light, fresh smell can help improve the situation. If you suffer from the problem and want to make it better, take a look at what you eat and you might find the culprit easily.

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    Last Updated on December 9, 2019

    5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

    5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

    Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

    Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

    Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

    1. Get Rationally Optimistic

    Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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    This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

    In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

    The result: no more mental stress.

    2. Unplug

    Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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    How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

    It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

    Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

    3. Easy on the Caffeine

    Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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    Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

    4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

    That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

    How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

    • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
    • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
    • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

    While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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    5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

    This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

    The result: mental stress will be gone!

    So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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