Your stink, pong, whiffy, fresh in a jiffy!
Is bad body odor bugging you? How come? I mean, your clothes are fresh
on today. You use soap. You shower twice a day. You don’t sweat
excessively. You don’t smoke. You’ve not been chewing garlic.
You’re not a secret whisky drinker. You wash your sheets. Your towel
Yet, you get up for a dance - the stink follows. You wash - the stink
clings. You smother it - the stink creeps back. What's worse you don't
know exactly where it's coming from.
First, let's get this in perspective...
We are not alone
Google reports 1,830,000 individuals using the search term ‘stink‘
every month. That’s a lot of stink, pong and whiff! None of us are
exempt from stink. No, not even:
• cat walk beauties
• sex icons
• famous actors
• perfect first loves
• the stinking rich
All of us, without exception, produce knock-out bad smells.
We’re human! We host bacteria. We fart. We shit.
We get infections. We copulate. We die. In short, we stink! And the products
we use to mask these natural odors - perfume and air fresheners - stink
Stink really is universal.
Would an odorless world be half as much fun? No, our unique smells can
lead to all sorts of amusement. You’ve heard of pheromones right?
And you know her royal majesty lets one rip on average 14 times a day
- just like the rest of us.
Stink is a great leveller.
That said, in a close environment, body odor can stop being funny. The
last thing we need is a persistent acrid stink from our armpits, feet,
vagina, penis, mouth, ears or arse.
So what do we need to know?
The causes of body odor
Basically body odor is all about waste disposal. Bacteria are our friends
in this respect. Like a billion mini-me’s they merrily munch and
trump their way through life, dealing with our undigested food, dead skin
and excess sebum. All this partying and letting off steam culminates in
that regular explosive evacuation of gas - typically from your arse!
Don’t you just love nature! So humbling.
How to get rid of body odor
But seriously, what can we do to get rid of body odor. Can't we just help
it to go harmlessly go on its way?
Here are a few simple ideas:
1. Ventilate: Open the window. Unventilated spaces soon
2. Loosen up: Wear loose 100% cotton that breathes. Bacteria
love clammy conditions
3. Focus on hot spots: Focus your body wash on hot spots
(armpits, feet, groin). Places which don't get much fresh air attract
bacteria. And stink evaporates fastest from hot spots.
4. Be gentle: Avoid heavily scented products and any
that dry out, sting, numb and irritate your skin. Sometimes bacteria is
trapped under the skin so washing won't clear it.
5. Work from the inside: Eat plenty of greens. Drink
plenty of water. Relax. Get some sun.
Natural Treatments for BO
There are some great natural products out there that can help control
body odor. Good examples include:
• green tea (good for bad breath)
• natural crystal deodorant (works magic on armpits and backs)
• aloe vera (a great healing agent)
• tea tree oil (a very helpful bug controller)
• liquid chlorophyll (better still, boost your intake of greens)
If it's your head that smells, you might want to try a natural
solution for smelly hair/head. The use of vinegar has a scientific
basis. It is acidic and so gives temporary boost to the ‘acid mantle‘
that protects the skin.
I've tried everything and nothing works
If you've tried everything and the bad smell persists it may be time to
look at the big picture of your general health, diet and exercise regime.
Infections can kick up a real stink and if you have one you may have to
do a bit of work to get to the bottom of it. A fresh perspective to help
you get to the root cause of the problem may well help.
Ends | 7 May 2012 | The Leg
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