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Body-Odor ~ Ailments & Remedies

Before we discuss the remedies we should know what the causes are.

The body has two kinds of sweat glands: eccrine and apocrine.

Eccrine glands open onto the skin's surface.

While apocrine glands are found in areas where hair grows.

Including the scalp, armpits and groin.

Sweat from eccrine glands is mostly water and salt, but apocrine glands secrete a fatty sweat.

Body odor arises when bacteria on the surface of the skin.

Begin breaking down sweat from apocrine glands.

Although the amount you sweat can be hereditary, it also can be influenced by other factors.

Beverages containing caffeine or alcohol can promote sweating, as can spicy foods.

Also, certain drugs can cause excessive sweating.

These include aspirin, acetaminophen.

Excess doses of thyroxine, a thyroid hormone.

And some medications used to treat mental disorders.

Remedy: Baking Soda

Why it works:

Baking soda is known for its ability to absorb smells.

Emanating from your refrigerator and it'll do the same thing for body-odor.

It also has natural antibacterial properties.

How to use it:

Make a paste of baking soda and water and use it instead deodorant.

Other remedies to consider:

Remedy: Zinc

Why it works:

One of the telltale signs of a zinc deficiency is body odor.

Zinc helps the body digest its food.

And if you aren't getting enough, chances are your metabolism is out of whack.

And you're having to process toxins and bacteria.

By secreting them through your sweat glands.

How to use it:

Studies recommend taking 30 to 50 milligrams of zinc in supplement form.

Daily if you have a chronic body odor problem.

Good food sources of zinc include dark leafy greens, Brussels sprouts.

Green beans, oysters and cashews.

What to watch out for:

Too much zinc can reduce your body's ability to absorb copper.

It's best to consult with a doctor.

Before starting a long-term zinc supplement regimen to help determine the best dosage.

body-odor remedy: Hydrogen Peroxide

Why it works:

This ailment is most often caused by bacteria.

As you would use hydrogen peroxide to disinfect a wound.

You can use it to remove the bacteria from your underarms.

How to use it:

Dilute a teaspoon of 3% hydrogen peroxide. (found at your local drugstore)

In a small glass (eight ounces) of water.

Use the solution to wash your underarms.

If the ailment persists, try a stronger solution.

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