Natural Ways to Control Body Odor

It’s a fact of life that everyone, absolutely everyone, will have BO (body odor) at one time or another. Some of us more than others. Most of us will try to cover up that odor with talcum powder, deodorants, scented body wash, creams, and perfume. Unfortunately, many of these products have been shown to have a negative impact on the environment. In fact, when it comes to deodorants, almost all of them contain a base of aluminum and use parabens. Absorption of these things through the skin has been shown in research to greatly increase your risk of Alzheimer’s and breast cancer.

Many body washes on the market use micro-beads. These are intended to be used as a type of body scrub to remove dead skin and brighten the tone. However, these micro-beads are not water soluble and they cause serious problems for marine life. So much so that the state of Illinois has banned the sale of micro-beads. It’s the size of the beads that causes so much trouble, as they don’t always get filtered by water treatment plants, and then they make their way to the ocean where many marine animals think they are fish eggs and eat them.

Businessman Smelling His Armpits

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But whether you use body washes with micro-beads or deodorants that contain aluminum, you should know that there are other choices. Check out our list of the top 10 ways you can keep your pits, as well as the rest of you, smelling fresh and clean, naturally.


1. Eat more citrus fruits

Eating more citrus fruits, such as lemons, oranges, and grapefruits, are super effective ways to fight body odor. Many dermatologists will tell you that the acids in citrus fruits flush water and toxins through the body and out the kidneys.


2. Apply natural deodorants that are aluminum free

There are many herbal and crystal deodorants that are all natural and work just as well as conventional deodorants. Crystal deodorants that are made from ammonium alum are the most popular as they work the best. However, be aware that there are no regulations or laws regarding that word “natural”. So if you want to avoid certain ingredients, even if the product says natural, read the list of ingredients to be sure it doesn’t contain that item you wish to avoid. Read more about dangerous toxins that are inside your house right now.


3. Spritz with vinegar

Vinegar is completely natural and is a great antiseptic. Vinegar can kill the bacteria and fungi that live on your skins surface. You can use either white vinegar or apple cider vinegar on your pits, and then wipe the area dry so you don’t walk around smelling like a giant pickle.


4. Wash regularly

Ok, although this might sound like a no brainer, some of us, men in particular, don’t think that they really need a shower every day. Well, listen up dudes. Even if you sit in an office all day and don’t get “dirty”, bacteria grow on your skin and it’s the bacteria that cause odors. So wash every single day, and focus on the areas that cause the most trouble, usually the feet and armpits. Always dry your body well after washing as bacteria love to grow on damp skin.


5. Try Green Supplements

Add some chlorophyll or wheat grass supplements to your daily vitamin routine. These types of green supplements are natural deodorizers for the skin and will keep you smelling sweet as fresh cut grass.


6. Wipe with an all-natural sterilizer

Try wiping off your pits and other areas with witch hazel or tea tree oil. Tea tree oil is a natural antiseptic and witch hazel changes the PH of your skin, which makes it an undesirable place for bacteria to live and grow.


7. Wear clothes with natural fibers

Clothes made from synthetic fabrics don’t breathe well and keep perspiration close to your body, which is a nice environment for bacteria to grow. Wear only all natural fibers such as cotton or silk. These fibers allow your skin surface to stay much drier.


8. Consider a detox

Many times, excessive body odor is our body’s way of telling us that we are filled with toxins. The best way to solve this problem is to perform a detox. There are many cleansing routines that you can find online. You might also want to consider adding foods to your diet that detox the body naturally as you consume them. Also, try saunas. They remove many toxins from the body via sweat.


9. Change your diet

Some foods and spices may cause ugly smelling odors to come out through the pores of your skin soon after your eat them. This includes onions and garlic, as well as all caffeinated drinks, including coffee. Removing these things from your diet can improve your body odor from the inside out.


10. Check your digestion and gut health

A little less than 10 percent of people who complain about their body odor do not completely digest certain foods due to an enzyme deficiency, or other kinds of digestive problems. Taking a probiotic supplement will help ensure the quality of your intestinal flora. You might also try taking digestive enzymes with meals. Another solution is taking a few teaspoons of apple cider vinegar every day to help aide with digestive problems.

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