There’s nothing as embarrassing as body odour. It not only reduces your confidence if you’re the one emitting the bad odour, but it also makes those around you uncomfortable.
We all sweat. It’s part of our body’s natural process to help regulate your temperature and get rid of toxins. When this sweat comes into contact with the bacteria on your skin, it provides a good environment for the bacteria to thrive. Body odour is a by-product of this.
Body odour isn’t restricted to the armpits. It can also come from genitalia, feet, breasts, upper thighs and even your eyelids. While all of us are prone to body odour, some people have it worse due to hormones, poor hygiene practices, certain medications, diet and lifestyle.
1. Drink enough water
Since body odour is full of toxins, drinking enough water throughout the day will help flush out these toxins therefore reducing the odour. To combat body odour, drink at least eight glasses of water a day.
2. Baking soda
Baking soda has a high pH and can reduce the acidity in odour-causing bacteria. When using baking soda, mix one-part baking soda and one-part lemon juice and apply to your armpits at night.
3. Eat more citrus fruits
Apart from being a rich source of Vitamin C, citrus fruits are also highly acidic. Eating them more often will alter your body’s pH, making it harder for bacteria to thrive.
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4. Green tea
Green tea contains antioxidants and tannins that can help reduce body odour. Antioxidants help to remove toxins from your body and tannins reduce how much you sweat.
White vinegar and apple cider vinegar changes your skin’s pH making it harder for odour-causing bacteria to stick around. Simply mix one-part vinegar to two-parts water and spray your underarms. You can add a few drops of essential oils to this mixture and make your own deodorant. Keep in mind that taking frequent showers, wearing fabrics that breathe like cotton, keeping the area dry and wearing a suitable deodorant can help prevent body odour.