Body Odor? 5 Natural Suggestions
- Splash rubbing alcohol under your arms to reduce bacteria. Avoid if you have irritated skin or open sores.
- Eliminate caffeine. Stimulant drugs, like caffeine, contribute to body odor by increasing the activity of apocrine sweat glands, special glands in hairy parts of the body that produce strong-smelling, musky secretions. Try eliminating caffeine if body odor continues to be a problem.
- Most commercial underarm products contain irritating or harmful ingredients, including aluminum salts and dyes. Avoid the antiperspirant varieties – you can find better deodorant-only products in health food stores, such as those containing extracts of green tea, which is antibacterial. There are several apps as well as resources supplied by the Environmental Working Group to help guide you toward clean options.
- If you buy “natural crystals,” make sure they do not contain alum or aluminum in any form.
- Increase your intake of probiotic or healthy bacteria via fermented foods such as plain yogurt or kefir, or through supplementation. You can also open a capsule of probiotic and use the powder topically in the underarm every evening to promote a healthier bacterial balance.
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