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Actually had to sit close to someone with a case of the stinkies in church..u can imagine my suffering each time the pastor asked us to give glory. Most of us have that one friend that has body odour, most of the time it’s not their faults, they don’t know. Well, here are some sure home remedies to this embarrassment.

What causes body odour?
Here’s a brief lesson in the science of sweat: The eccrine glands, which are located on almost every part of the body, produce body cooling sweat that’s mostly water. Think of it as nature’s little air conditioning system. The apocrine glands, which are located in the armpits and in the groin (among other areas), produce sweat that performs a number of functions, one of which is to work as a kind of waste removal system that offloads microscopic bits of fat and other matter. The sweat from the apocrine glands is the big problem with body odor. Bacteria feed on the fats and other secretions, and their waste products produce that distinctive fetid aroma that announces your presence before you enter a room. You’ll notice after a vigorous workout that your sweat smells OK, not great, but at least clean and healthy. Wait a couple of hours and the bacterial feeding frenzy that ensues will transform your healthy smelling sweat into something pretty foul.The strength of the odor a person produces depends on how much sweat his or her glands secrete as well as the number of bacteria on the skin. People with strong underarm odors carry two to three times as much underarm bacteria as other people. The best way to prevent body odor is to wash away sweat and bacteria thoroughly and regularly.
Foods rich in the amino acid carnitine (found in beef and pork) are known to leave residues in the intestines which have to be worked on by the natural digestive flora.Specific enzymes known as flavin monooxygenases break the residues down to an odorless state ready for excretion. If they are in poor supply, missing, or bowel flora is disturbed, a “fishy” body odor can result.

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Use Vinegar to Get Rid of Body Odor
For the same reason which makes witch hazel a good remedy for body odor, vinegar too can be used to get yourself rid of your body smell. Vinegar can also lower the pH level of your skin so that you feel fresh for the whole day without worrying about your body odor. You can use vinegar in more than one ways.
Ways to use white vinegar for body odor
*Soak a cotton ball in white vinegar and apply to your underarms.
*Store vinegar in a sprayer and spray it under your arms after having bath. Don’t use any deodorant after using vinegar.
*Dilute some white vinegar in a mug of water while having bath and rinse your underarms with this water.
*Don’t use vinegar just after shaving as this may burn your already abrased skin.
However, many people may not get the benefit of vinegar while they try to remove their body odor. They may use lemon juice for body odor which is our next natural remedy.
Apply Lemon Juice to Remove Body Odor
Just like vinegar and witch hazel, lemon juice lowers your skin’s pH level making it difficult for odor producing bacteria to survive. Moreover, lemon can be used by even those who have sensitive skin that can’t tolerate even vinegar.

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Get this:
Lemon- 1, cut into two halves
Cotton ball (optional)
Water (optional)- ½ – 1 cup
Do this:
*Take one half of the lemon and rub it under your arms, one by one, squeezing its juice on to your skin. Store the other half of the lemon to be used later.
*Alternatively, you can squeeze the juice out of the lemon and apply this juice to your underarms with the help of a cotton ball.
*If you do not like the super acidic nature of lemon or you only have mild body odor, you can dilute lemon juice in water and rinse your underarms with it.
*Lemon juice also stings when used after shaving. So better shave the nigh before to give a long gap between shaving and applying lemon juice on skin.
Baking Soda – Lime Juice Mixture for Body Odor
Some people sweat a little but then also suffer from body odor. For them vinegar or lime juice alone can work. There are some other people who sweat a lot and also have body odor. For such people, combining baking soda with lime juice can be a fantastic remedy for their body odor. Baking soda not only helps absorb sweat but also eliminate bacteria and act as a natural deodorant. This makes it eligible for using all by itself too! However, here I give you the way of using baking soda with lemon juice.
Get this:
*Lemon juice- from half or 1 lemon
*Baking soda- enough to make paste
Do this:
Before having bath, mix lemon juice with baking soda to make a paste.
*Apply this paste to your underarms.
*Leave for about 5-10 minutes.
*Wash off with water.
Now have bath.
Tomato Juice Bath for Body Odor
Tomato is considered to be a natural antiseptic and it can kill an extensive range of bacteria. Ancient Indian medicine, Ayurveda, has long used tomato juice as the remedy for body odor. It recommends using tomato juice in bath water. However, many modern herbalists recommend having tomato juice internally too for getting rid of body odor. They recommend drinking tomato juice three times a day. Here is how you can use tomato juice for bath water.

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Get this:
*Tomatoes- 8-10
*Water- 1 bucket
Do this:
*Crush the tomatoes to get their pulp
*Using sieve, extract the juice out of tomato pulp.
*Add this tomato juice to a bucket full of water.
Bathe with this water. If you need morewater for bath, increase the quantity of tomatoes. 

Unscented Liquid Alum Deodorant for Body Odor
Many people do not like using scented deodorants but they still want to use them just to get rid of their body odor. You need not do this now. There is this ingredient, alum, which can help you make such unscented deodorant.
Get this:
*Alum powder- 4 tsp
*Baking soda- 2 tsp
*Rubbing alcohol- 225 ml
Do this:
*Mix alum, baking powder and rubbing alcohol.
*Store in a spray bottle.
*Use when needed.
Diet Remedies for Body Odor
Diet is of utmost importance, even when it comes to body odor. What you eat will define how you smell. So, you might need to omit certain foods while include another in your diet to get rid of body odor. Here are some suggestions for you to consider when changing diet habits for controlling body odor.
1.) Drink lots of water. This helps in eliminating toxins from your body so that you do not smell bad.
Have balanced diet complete with all groups of food- protein, whole grains, fish or lean poultry, pulses, healthy fats, fresh fruits and vegetables.
2.) Limit consumption of fried meat. Foods that doesn’t digest easily or completely tend to produce toxins in body.
3.) Avoid process foods. Refined sugar, white flour and fats etc. found in junk foods will lead you to many health conditions including body odor.
4.) Don’t have much of spicy food. While onion and garlic are beneficial for health, overeating them can lead to body odor.
5.) Avoid caffeinated beverages, tea, coffee, colas and alcohol.
6.) Avoid any fried food that has been made in rancid oil.
7.) Have high fiber diet and avoid those with low fiber content.
8.) Include such herbs in your diet as coriander, parsley, oregano, mint.
9.) Tobacco causes body odor. Quit smoking and stop using tobacco in any form.
Lifestyle Remedies for Body Odor
Sometimes we need to change just some of our habits to get rid of body odor. While diet is really important, if you are having it right then before adopting any home remedy or visiting doctor for body odor treatment, you need to check on your lifestyle. Here are some tips on cleanliness, hygiene and other habits that can help you in fighting with your body odor.
1.) Bathe daily at least once in a day. Don’t use harsh soaps. Also don’t use soap for longer. If possible, use soaps with natural ingredients.
2.)Do not wear unwashed clothes. Always wash your clothes once you have used them.
3.) Closed feet in shoes that are there for long time can give rise to bacteria and fungi leading to odor. Do not wear tight shoes. Also avoid wearing shoes for longer. Try wearing open sandals too.
4.) Remove unwanted hair from armpit and other body parts where you get more sweat. Hair traps sweat and are breeding grounds for bacteria.
5.) Manage your stress and anger. They lead to more production of sweat.
6.) Keep yourself dry. Moist body promotes growth of bacteria. Dry the skin fold properly after bath or when you wash them.
7.) Wear breathable clothing to avoid trapping of sweat and moisture.
If you maintain proper hygiene and follow the rule of balanced diet, you may not need the help of home remedies for body odor. If, however, you need to use home remedies and then also don’t get rid of body odor, visit your doctor to rule out any chance of some serious medical condition.

A Quick Panacea on Emergencies:
Rub hand sanitizer on your armpits.If you are in a really tight spot and need to eliminate body odor as quickly as possible, you can use hand sanitizer to get rid of the smell. To use hand sanitizer as a relief from body odor:
Squirt a small amount of hand sanitizer into your hand. Use your hand to rub the sanitizer on to your armpits. The sanitizer will help to fight the bacteria that are causing you to smell.
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The author Prince

Hi, I’m Prince.. a registered Dietitian, an avid reader and a passionate writer. I hope you enjoy my articles as much as I enjoy writing them

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