The Skunk Ape of the Everglades announces its arrival with an aroma that’s part chicken coop, part outhouse, and the creature certainly grabs our imagination. But there’s nothing captivating about our own body odor. Luckily, we have a fix for the fumes! Here are 3 common body odors and tips to control them:
Smelly feet: If the 250,000 sweat glands in your feet cause excessive sweating or if you wear damp socks or shoes for too long, your feet can stink. The solution? Zap the overgrowth of stinky bacteria: After washing and drying your feet, apply a diluted solution of lemongrass oil or verbena oil.
Underarm odor: Anxiety, hormones, and armpit hair can turn your sweat sour. Wildly overactive sweat glands (i.e., hyperhidrosis) can also cause underarm odor. Most folks need deodorants, not antiperspirants, but if you really suffer from armpit odor, try a boric acid or tannic acid solution. Still dripping? Put on 20% aluminum at night and wash it off in the morning, or try antibiotic creams to kill multiplying bacteria. If you have hyperhidrosis, Botox turns off the faucet. Beta-blockers (high blood pressure medication) can help relieve chronic, stress-related sweating.
Bad breath and flatulence: What you eat fuels bad breath and flatulence. Food odors — onions, garlic, and curry, for example — pass into your bloodstream and the aromas are exhaled from your lungs. The intestines pump out methane when you can’t cope with carbs or don’t have good bacteria in your guts. Remedy bad breath by flossing, brushing teeth and tongue, and drinking plenty of water. For flatulence, try a natural enzyme-based dietary supplement or probiotics (spore forms).