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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 March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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