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Subject: How to reduce the unpleasant odour of sweat, drink more water? Or what?
Category: Health > Fitness and Nutrition
Asked by: bobbylocksville-ga
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Posted: 09 Dec 2005 03:59 PST
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Question ID: 603577
Ever since I was a teenager, it seems that when I dont use
anti-perspirant, under my arms, it smells, and its an un pleasant

I know that sweat is normal, but the smell comes from a combination of
bacteria and the compounds in teh sweat, secreted depending on what
one eats.

Is there a way I can improve the smell of my sweat, as when I dont
have deodrant near me, or I forget to use it, its quite embaressing as
its not a nice smell at all! :)

Can you suggest what I should do?

More water to drink?
or something else?


Request for Question Clarification by sublime1-ga on 09 Dec 2005 13:23 PST

I've had excellent results using the Crystal Deodorant
available in many retail stores. It doesn't prevent
sweating, as do anti-perspirants containing aluminum
chlorhydrate. Instead, the natural mineral salts 
prevent the growth of the bacteria whose waste accounts
for body odor:

Where to buy:

Let me know what you think...

Subject: Re: How to reduce the unpleasant odour of sweat, drink more water? Or what?
Answered By: tlspiegel-ga on 11 Dec 2005 10:25 PST
Hi bobbylocksville,

Thank you for your question.

You asked: "Is there a way I can improve the smell of my sweat, as when I dont
have deodrant near me, or I forget to use it, its quite embaressing as
its not a nice smell at all! :) Can you suggest what I should do? More
water to drink? or something else?"

I've located many tips for you that will help to combat body odor
without using deodorants or antiperspirants.

Combatting Body Odor

"General tips on reducing body odor, naturally.

Always, use cotton or natural fibers for your clothes during the hot
months. Keep the clothes loose and the fabric light to help the sweat
to evaporate faster.

Knitted or handloom fabrics are better than machine made fabrics, as
they are slightly loose in their weaving and this lets more air to
circulate around your body aiding the drying of sweat.

Shoes and socks also trap sweat causing the bad odor to emanate from
your feet. Wear cotton socks, and wear strappy, open shoes to keep
your feet dry. If you can?t avoid wearing shoes, dust your feet with
pure sandalwood powder, which keeps your feet cool and infection free.

Dusting cornstarch on the feet before getting into socks and shoes
helps to keep them dry (moisture encourages bacteria to grow and
flourish), or one can try soaking them daily in warm water with white
vinegar or Epsom salts added.

Yoga or meditation keeps your mind and body under control, thus
controlling the hormonal secretions in your body. The more relaxed you
are, the less you have to get stressed about body odor.

Drink plenty of fluids. This will Keep the body cool inside and slow
the metabolic rate, there by slowing down the rate of perspiration.

Go light on hot spices, onion and garlic, as these aggravate the body
odor. Drink curd and coconut water to keep your system cool. Fruits
like lemon, oranges and watermelon can be used for the same purpose.

Shower with an antiseptic soap after strenuous activities. This gets
rid of the harmful bacteria. Last rinse can, with a few drops of
sandalwood or lavender oil added to it, keep your body smelling fresh
for a longer time than most deodorants.

Sweat glands are generally found under the hair follicles. These hairs
trap the sweat and become a breeding ground for bacteria, causing bad
odor. So, hair in the pubic area and armpits should be removed or
trimmed to ensure personal hygiene. Scalp hair should kept clean with
regular shampoos to avoid bad odor and infections of the scalp.

The armpits and the pubic area are the main area of concern when it
comes to body odor. The reason being that these areas is generally
covered, and the sweat does not dry soon enough causing the bacteria
to decompose it. So wear loose, Cotton undergarments and avoid wearing
tight clothes in warm weather."


"In addition to deodorant, wash daily with antibacterial soaps, such
as chlorhexidine.

Use solutions such as povidone-iodine that can also help in reducing body odor.

Application of topical antibiotic cream or ointment on the underarms
might also help.

Prescription drugs that supposedly reduce sweating, such as those that
contain aluminum chloride, whether applied to the skin or taken by
mouth, may help some people. But, this has to be done under medical


WEIL Andrew Weil, M.D. -Reducing Odor-causing Bacteria

"- An easy solution to reducing bacteria is to splash on rubbing alcohol. 


- Stimulant drugs, including coffee and tea, 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


Body odor can be eliminated through a change in diet

"Foods that make you stink

Let's take a closer look at the causes of body odor. What foods really
cause body odor in the first place?

Red meat is the number one cause of body odor. Red meat causes
stagnation in the body; it putrefies in the digestive tract and
releases all sorts of toxins into the bloodstream through the large
intestine. I've noticed that people who consume a large quantity of
red meat on a regular basis tend to have much stronger body odor than
those who avoid it. Some people tell me just the opposite -- they say
it's vegetarians who stink because they run around wearing no
deodorant whatsoever. But my experience is that if a vegetarian
stinks, they aren't following a healthy diet even though they are
avoiding meat. (You can be vegetarian and extremely unhealthy if you
consume a lot of processed foods.) Overall, though, if you find a
healthful vegetarian and put them side by side with a heavy meat eater
in a sniff test, I'm confident your nose will lead you to the
conclusion that the meat eater is the most offensive of the two. It's
weird science, yes, but we are talking about a strange subject to
begin with.

As far as other foods that cause body odor, manufactured foods --
those lacking fiber and made with refined white flour, added sugars,
hydrogenated oils and other processed ingredients -- are the big
culprits. When you eliminate these from your diet and shift to a 100%
healthful diet made of whole grains, massive quantities of leafy
vegetables, fresh fruits, soy products, supergreens, lots of sprouts,
raw nuts and seeds, healthy oils and other similar healthful
ingredients, your body odor will all but disappear in a matter of
Experts have plenty of suggestions for fighting smelly feet and armpits  
That's because a plant-based diet is an internal deodorizer. It's
true: the chlorophyll and other phytonutrients will cleanse you from
the inside out. Some of the best foods for that include parsley,
cilantro, celery and all mint species. The aromatic herbs are also
excellent: sage, rosemary, thyme, oregano, and so on."


An excellent article can be found at the following site:

Experts have plenty of suggestions for fighting smelly feet and armpits


Herbal Powders and Deodorants

"Could it be that there are actually herbal deodorants?  It seems so
for cattle, and, fortunately, there are herbal deodorants for humans
too.  Some of these natural deodorants are eaten to improve one's
personal scent, and some of them are used externally to mask the
natural body odors; some used externally seem to combine with one's
odor to complement rather than mask it - usually by not allowing the
formation of offensive bacteria.  Of course, the easiest deodorizing
agent is the daily bath or shower, especially with herbs that sweeten
the body scent and improve the texture of the skin."


"Experiment with what you eat and maybe you too will find that some
foods make you smell better than other foods, just as the scientists
discovered with the Sagebrush.

As a matter of fact, Sage (a different genus than Sagebrush) has an
historical use as a deodorizing tea.  And the Mints, especially
Peppermint, are especially useful when you are flatulent (use 2 drops
in an ounce of water and drink every hour or so).

1. Witch Hazel leaf or bark decoction or Witch Hazel extract as an
underarm splash to remove odor.
2. White Willow bark.  An infusion of White Willow bark mixed with
borax acts as a deodorant wash for offensive-smelling perspiration. 
Mix a few drops of oil of Patchouli with the infusion...Herbs &
Things, 1972.
3. Orange peel mixed with Lemon peel and powdered is a nice underarm deodorizer. 
4. Thyme decoction as an after bath splash. 
5. Wearing cotton garments is helpful as well as a diet as natural as possible. 
6. Chaparral (creosote) decoction externally applied is a natural deodorizer. 
7. *Rose Astringent Lotion is an excellent underarm deodorant that I use daily."


Quick and Affordable Tips to Look and Smell Radiant

5. If you have no time for a shower but need to be at your freshest,
fill your sink with water and add 4 tablespoons baking soda. Then dip
a sponge or washcloth in the sink and rub yourself down, recommends
Susie Galvez, owner of Face Works Day Spa in Richmond, Virginia, and
author of Hello Beautiful: 365 Ways to Be Even More Beautiful.

6. Ward off smelly feet with odor-absorbing insoles. Foot odor is a
very common problem. Keep your feet smelling fresh by scrubbing them
daily and drying them completely when you get out of the shower. Then
insert odor-absorbing insoles, such as Odor-Eaters, into your shoes.

Reduce Odor

8. Wear loose-fitting clothes to allow air to circulate around your
body and perspiration to evaporate. Tight-fitting clothes cause sweat
to be trapped in a film on your skin, which can result in body odor or
noticeable embarrassing perspiration stains.

9. Buy clothes made from natural fibers like cotton. They allow skin
to breathe, reducing body odor, says David Bank, M.D., dermatologist
and director of the Center for Dermatology, Cosmetic, and Laser
Surgery in Mount Kisco, New York. Avoid synthetic, man-made fibers,
such as nylon or spandex, which tend to limit ventilation.

10. Apply antiperspirant when your underarms are a little moist and
wet, like right after a warm shower or bath. It enables active
ingredients to enter the sweat glands more readily.

11. Avoid sitting in direct sunlight. It heats your body and causes
perspiration, especially in warmer weather.

12. Apply a cornstarch-based body powder in the morning to help skin
stay drier throughout the day and reduce odor.

13. Take a yoga class. The education you get in stress management will
help you better control perspiration and body odor. After heat, stress
is probably the top cause of sweating.

14. Wipe a cotton ball soaked in rubbing alcohol, vinegar, or hydrogen
peroxide onto your underarms during the day to cut down on
odor-causing bacteria. Or try witch hazel or tea tree oil, both of
which help keep you dry, kill bacteria, and deodorize.

15. Fix some greens for dinner each night. Dark green leafy vegetables
like spinach, chard, parsley, and kale are rich in chlorophyll, which
has a powerful deodorizing effect on your body.

For men:

31. When the weather gets warmer, trim your armpit hair. There will be
less hair to trap bacteria and hence, less odor.


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Best regards,
Subject: Re: How to reduce the unpleasant odour of sweat, drink more water? Or what?
From: leland1000-ga on 11 Dec 2005 07:38 PST

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