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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 February 15, 2019

    Why Is Goal Setting Important to a Truly Fulfilling Life?

    Why Is Goal Setting Important to a Truly Fulfilling Life?

    In Personal Development-speak, we are always talking about goals, outcomes, success, desires and dreams. In other words, all the stuff we want to do, achieve and create in our world.

    And while it’s important for us to know what we want to achieve (our goal), it’s also important for us to understand why we want to achieve it; the reason behind the goal or some would say, our real goal.

    Why is goal setting important?

    1. Your needs and desire will be fulfilled.

    Sometimes when we explore our “why”, (why we want to achieve a certain thing) we realize that our “what” (our goal) might not actually deliver us the thing (feeling, emotion, internal state) we’re really seeking.

    For example, the person who has a goal to lose weight in the belief that weight loss will bring them happiness, security, fulfillment, attention, popularity and the partner of their dreams. In this instance, their “what” is weight-loss and their “why” is happiness (etc.) and a partner.

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    Six months later, they have lost the weight (achieved their goal) but as is often the case, they’re not happier, not more secure, not more confident, not more fulfilled and in keeping with their miserable state, they have failed to attract their dream partner.

    After all, who wants to be with someone who’s miserable? They achieved their practical goal but still failed to have their needs met.

    So they set a goal to lose another ten pounds. And then another. And maybe just ten more. With the destructive and erroneous belief that if they can get thin enough, they’ll find their own personal nirvana. And we all know how that story ends.

    2. You’ll find out what truly motivates you

    The important thing in the process of constructing our best life is not necessarily what goals we set (what we think we want) but what motivates us towards those goals (what we really want).

    The sooner we begin to explore, identify and understand what motivates us towards certain achievements, acquisitions or outcomes (that is, we begin moving towards greater consciousness and self awareness), the sooner we will make better decisions for our life, set more intelligent (and dare I say, enlightened) goals and experience more fulfilment and less frustration.

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    We all know people who have achieved what they set out to, only to end up in the same place or worse (emotionally, psychologically, sociologically) because what they were chasing wasn’t really what they were needing.

    What we think we want will rarely provide us with what we actually need.

    3. Your state of mind will be a lot healthier

    We all set specific goals to achieve/acquire certain things (a job, a car, a partner, a better body, a bank balance, a title, a victory) because at some level, most of us believe (consciously or not) that the achievement of those goals will bring us what we really seek; joy, fulfilment, happiness, safety, peace, recognition, love, acceptance, respect, connection.

    Of course, setting practical, material and financial goals is an intelligent thing to do considering the world we live in and how that world works.

    But setting goals with an expectation that the achievement of certain things in our external, physical world will automatically create an internal state of peace, contentment, joy and total happiness is an unhealthy and unrealistic mindset to inhabit.

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    What you truly want and need

    Sometimes we need to look beyond the obvious (superficial) goals to discover and secure what we really want.

    Sadly, we live in a collective mindset which teaches that the prettiest and the wealthiest are the most successful.

    Some self-help frauds even teach this message. If you’re rich or pretty, you’re happy. If you’re both, you’re very happy. Pretty isn’t what we really want; it’s what we believe pretty will bring us. Same goes with money.

    When we cut through the hype, the jargon and the self-help mumbo jumbo, we all have the same basic goals, desires and needs:

    Joy, fulfilment, happiness, safety, peace, recognition, love, acceptance, respect, connection.

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    Nobody needs a mansion or a sport’s car but we all need love.

    Nobody needs massive pecs, six percent body-fat, a face lift or bigger breasts but we all need connection, acceptance and understanding.

    Nobody needs to be famous but we all need peace, calm, balance and happiness.

    The problem is, we live in a culture which teaches that one equals the other. If only we lived in a culture which taught that real success is far more about what’s happening in our internal environment, than our external one.

    It’s a commonly-held belief that we’re all very different and we all have different goals — whether short term or long term goals. But in many ways we’re not, and we don’t; we all want essentially the same things.

    Now all you have to do is see past the fraud and deception and find the right path.

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