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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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Last Updated on September 18, 2020

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

1. Exercise Daily

It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

3. Acknowledge Your Limits

Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

The basic nutritional advice includes:

  • Eat unprocessed foods
  • Eat more veggies
  • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
  • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

    5. Watch Out for Travel

    Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

    This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

    If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

    6. Start Slow

    Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

    If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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    7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

    Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

    My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

    If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

    I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

    Final Thoughts

    Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

    Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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