Having body odor can be embarrassing for some individuals, and it is often a taboo subject. Many people believe that sweat creates body odor; however, it is actually a little more complex than that. Maxwell Pharmacy, Inc., a drug store in East Harlem New York, New York, shares why you get these nasty body odors and how you can avoid it – naturally!
Sweating is the key mechanism by which humans and some other mammals reduce their body temperature. When we sweat, tiny droplets of water are produced by the sweat glands. As these droplets evaporate, a cooling ‘evaporative effect’ takes place. Sweating is an essential part of our inbuilt detoxification systems, which is why it is not a good idea to block perspiration.
While some sweat glands secrete mainly water, others also produce an oily fluid. The latter kind open into the same hair follicles as the sebaceous glands (which secrete an oily substance called sebum). Because these oily components are broken down by bacteria into characteristically smelling by-products, body odor is most likely to occur in areas where the concentration of both glands is the highest, such as the feet, groin, armpits, genitals, around the navel, the anus, behind the ears and any hair areas.
These bacterial breakdown products are mainly volatile organic acids, some of which are easily recognizable, as they are also present in strong-smelling foods. For example, acetic acid is responsible for the smell in vinegar pickles, and butyric, propionic and isovaleric acids are part of the reason why mature and blue cheeses smell the way they do. Even though sweat itself is virtually odorless to humans, we have been conditioned socially to dislike it. it is normally associated with body odor and thus generally perceived to be unpleasant.
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There is anecdotal evidence that some foods, drinks and spices, such as coffee, garlic or curry can intensify body odor. It is more likely that these foods enhance detoxification via the skin through increased production of sweat, which feeds into the bacterial cycle explained above.
Maxwell Pharmacy, Inc., a drug store in East Harlem New York, New York tells you that there are ways where you can say goodbye to body odor naturally! These include:
- Wearing loose, cotton, wool or silk-based clothes and socks that allow the skin to breathe
- Using a mild, detergent-free body wash
- Avoiding aluminum or aluminum-chloride-based deodorants. These ingredients have been linked to contact dermatitis and breast cancer, so there is benefit in using popular ‘natural rock’ or ‘salt-based’ varieties instead.
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