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5 Things That Lead To Body Odor and 5 Natural Remedies To Fix It

5 Things That Lead To Body Odor and 5 Natural Remedies To Fix It

Body odor is a major concern for some people. Human beings are very sensitive, not just about how they smell, but they are equally concerned about how others smell.

People react to scents, sometimes complementing the other person on the perfume he or she is wearing. In those cases, it is obvious the smell encouraged a favorable perception of that person. A person’s smell can attract or repel us, and sometimes we may not even be aware that it is the body odor that attracted us. But we are aware that people tend to judge us by the way we smell, so we purchase expensive perfumes to mask unpleasant body odors.

5 Common Habits that Lead to Underarm Odor

There are many reasons why a person has repulsive body odor, but the majority of these causes are because of lifestyles and habits. The following 5 are common habits that encourage body odor, especially underarm odor.

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1. Not Bathing Regularly

This one is kind of obvious, but it needs to be mentioned. You, obviously, will stink if you haven’t bathed for days. Your sweaty soiled body is a breeding ground for the microbes that multiply abundantly, and these produce different stinky chemicals that ultimately make you smell really repulsive.

2. Clothing Habits

The microbes that create bad odor love all things damp and they multiply in any such favorable environments. Clothes, if folded or crumpled up and kept while still damp, is a great breeding ground for them. Wearing damp, sweat soaked clothes also make you stink badly.

Wearing clothes that don’t absorb moistures makes your sweat pool on your own body, especially the underarms, creating bad body odor.

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3. Dietary Habits

If you practice good hygiene, yet you are troubled by bad body odor, your diet may be the contributing factor. People react differently to the food they eat, but consuming foods like garlic, red meat, curry, cabbage, etc. can change your body odor.

4. Alcoholism

People who drink excessively often try to cover up their odor with breath mints. But most of them don’t realize that the odor comes from their skin pores too. Only 90% of the alcohol consumed is metabolized by the body; the remaining is excreted through different ways, including the sweat pores.

5. Smoking

Smokers also have a distinct body odor, as the tobacco mixes with their body chemistry and creates not just bad breath, but bad body odor, as it gets excreted through the skin pores, too.[1] Secondhand smoke can also cause similar problems, as the smell of smoke can clings to your body and clothes.

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5 Effective and Natural Remedies

The human body has two types of sweat glands. The apocrine glands are located in the underarms, genitals, and around the nipples. The eccrine glands are found in the underarms, hands, and feet. The bacteria, ever present on our skin, multiply rapidly in damp, sweaty environments, and they produce chemicals that have an unpleasant odor. The key to controlling body odor is to control the environment in which these bacteria live.[2]

Rather than resort to perfumes to cover up body odor, try out these five home remedies for body odor that will leave you feeling healthy, clean, and fresh.

1. Bathe Regularly Using Soap

Bathe regularly and make sure to use soap to wash off all the oil and sweat from your body, along with the microbes clinging to them. Soap also helps to kill bacteria.

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2. Stay Calm

Stress stimulates the sweat glands. Anxiety and fear cause emotional sweating. So to avoid body odor, you need to stay calm, cool, and collected.

3. Stay Dry

Ensure you wear clothing that can soak up your sweat and keep your underarms and the rest of your body dry. Cotton undergarments are best for this. Men should wear cotton undershirts. Get a good antiperspirant; it will help you stay dry by blocking the sweat glands, thus reducing the bad bacteria fodder.[3]

4. Watch What You Put in Your Body

As described in the causes, what goes into your body usually affects your body odor. So to improve your body and underarm odor, it’s best to limit your smoking habits, alcohol consumption, and the intake of strong smelling foods like onions and garlic, especially before a romantic date.

5. Apply Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar, or even the simple white variety, can make your skin anti-bacterial by lowering the pH level of the skin. Splash some on your skin or underarms just after your shower and this will help keep away the body odor, as the bacteria cannot thrive in an acidic environment.[4]

Reference

[1] Medical Explorer: Is my body odour due to smoking?
[2] QuickAndDirtyTips.com: How to Get Rid of Body Odor
[3] http://gizmodo.com/how-antiperspirant-works-and-who-it-might-hurt-1623458000
[4] The Dr. Oz Show: Natural Cures for Your Most Embarrassing Problems

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10 Powerful Ways to Stop Worrying and Start Living Today

10 Powerful Ways to Stop Worrying and Start Living Today

Plato knew that the body and mind are intimately linked. And in the late 1800s, the Mayo brothers, famous physicians, estimated that over half of all hospital beds are filled with people suffering from frustration, anxiety, worry and despair. Causes of worry are everywhere, in our relationships and our jobs, so it’s key we find ways to take charge of the stress.

In his classic book How to Stop Worrying and Start Living, Dale Carnegie offers tools to ditch excessive worrying that help you make a worry-free environment for your private and professional life.

These are the top 10 tips to grab worry by the horns and wrestle it to the ground:

1. Make Your Decision and Never Look Back

Have you ever made a decision in life only to second-guess it afterwards? Of course you have! It’s hard not to wonder whether you’ve done the right thing and whether there might still be time to take another path.

But keep this in mind: you’ve already made your decision, so act decisively on it and dismiss all your anxiety about it.

Don’t stop to hesitate, to reconsider, or to retrace your steps. Once you’ve chosen a course of action, stick to it and never waver.

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2. Live for Today, Package Things up in “Day-Tight Compartments”

You know that feeling: tossing, turning and worrying over something that happened or something that might, well into the wee hours. To avoid this pointless worrying, you need “day-tight compartments”. Much as a ship has different watertight compartments, your own “day-tight” ones are a way to limit your attention to the present day.

The rule is simple: whatever happened in the past or might happen in the future must not intrude upon today. Everything else has to wait its turn for tomorrow’s box or stay stuck in the past.

3. Embrace the Worst-Case Scenario and Strategize to Offset It

If you’re worried about something, ask yourself: “What’s the worst thing that could happen?” Could you lose your job? Be jailed? Get killed?

Whatever the “worst” might be, it’s probably not so world-ending. You could probably even bounce back from it!

If, for example, you lose your job, you could always find another. Once you accept the worst-case scenario and get thinking about contingency plans, you’ll feel calmer.

4. Put a Lid on Your Worrying

Sometimes we stress endlessly about negative experiences when just walking away from them would serve us far better.

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To make squashing that worry easier, try this strategy, straight from stock traders: it’s called the “stop-loss” order, where shares are bought at a certain price, and then their price development is observed. If things go badly and the share price hits a certain point, they are sold off immediately. This stops the loss from increasing further.

In the same manner, you can put a stop-loss order on things that cause you stress and grief.

5. Fake It ‘Til You Make It – Happiness, That Is

We can’t directly influence how we feel, but we can nudge ourselves to change through how we think and act.

If you’re feeling sad or low, slap a big grin on your face and whistle a chipper tune. You’ll find it impossible to be blue when acting cheerful. But you don’t necessarily need to act outwardly happy; you can simply think happier thoughts instead.

Marcus Aurelius summed it up aptly:

“Our life is what our thoughts make it.”

6. Give for the Joy of Giving

When we perform acts of kindness, we often do so with the expectation of gratitude. But harboring such expectations will probably leave you disappointed.

One person well aware of this fact was the lawyer Samuel Leibowitz. Over the course of his career, Leibowitz saved 78 people from going to the electric chair. Guess how many thanked him? None.

So stop expecting gratitude when you’re kind to someone. Instead, take joy from the act yourself.

7. Dump Envy – Enjoy Being Uniquely You

Your genes are completely unique. Even if someone had the same parents as you, the likelihood of someone identical to you being born is just one in 300,000 billion.

Despite this amazing fact, many of us long to be someone else, thinking the grass is greener on the other side of the fence. But living your life this way is pointless. Embrace your uniqueness and get comfortable with who you really are: How to Be True to Yourself and Live the Life You Want

8. Haters Will Hate — It Just Means You’re Doing It Right

When you’re criticized, it often means you’re accomplishing something noteworthy. In fact, let’s take it a step further and consider this: the more you’re criticized, the more influential and important a person you likely are.

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So the next time somebody talks you down, don’t let it get to you. Take it as a compliment!

9. Chill Out! Learn to Rest Before You Get Tired

Scientists agree that emotions are the most common cause of fatigue. And it works the other way around, too: fatigue produces more worries and negative emotions.

It should be clear, therefore, that you’ve got to relax regularly before you feel tired. Otherwise, worries and fatigue will accumulate on top of each other.

It’s impossible to worry when you are relaxed, and regular rest helps you maintain your ability to work effectively.

10. Get Organized and Enjoy Your Work

There are few greater sources of misery in life than having to work, day in, day out, in a job you despise. It would make sense then that you shouldn’t pick a job you hate, or even just dislike doing.

But say you already have a job. How can you make it more enjoyable and worry-free? One way is to stay organized: a desk full of unanswered mails and memos is sure to breed worries.

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