Beat body odor with food

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Beat body odor with food
Conventional wisdom suggests that perspiration is the cause of body odor. However, perspiration by itself is basically odorless, but it is the bacteria and odors coming from other sources that are the real culprits.
What to eat? What to avoid?
There is a direct relation between what a person eats and his body odor. Avoid refined sugar, white flour, hydrogenated oils and other processed foods. Avoid red meat because it releases many toxins into the blood stream. Avoid foods that lack fiber. Avoid alcohol, caffeine, cumin and garlic. Eat a healthy diet which contains whole grains, lots of leafy vegetables, sprouts, fresh fruits, soy products, and raw nuts and so on. Other animal products that produce bad odors are dairy products like milk and cheese.
Quit or cut down on smoking cigarettes.
Tobacco creates a stench that comes through your pores, including your underarms. Sugar feeds fungus and bacteria on your skin.
Supplements to take
Chlorophyll
One or two chlorophyll tablets or chlorophyll liquid taken with each meal may also help, as chlorophyll is a great deodorizer.
Magnesium
Take magnesium supplements or augment your diet with food sources high in this important mineral. Nutritionists recommend between 200-500 mg of magnesium daily. You will have to try different doses until you get the amounts that are right for your body.
Vitamins
A high-potency B vitamin (50 mg or higher), when combined with magnesium, will help reduce certain secretions that can be a cause of odor. Make sure you are getting 100 mg of PABA and 100 mg of B6.
Zinc
If you have body odor, try taking zinc tablets. Zinc, plus magnesium, will help balance your body’s metabolism and reduce the cause of bad odor. Studies have shown that taking 30 to 50 mg daily will dramatically reduce certain body odors, although you may need less. Zinc may also reduce perspiration and sweaty feet. However, it is wise to go above 15 mg only with a doctor’s supervision as zinc may interfere with the absorption of copper, another essential trace mineral.
Remedies from foodstuffs
Alcohol
Wipe your armpits with alcohol, white vinegar or witch hazel instead of deodorant.
Apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar eliminates underarm body odor when used in place of deodorant because it reduces the pH of the skin. Bacteria can’t live in areas with low pH.
White vinegar
This is also helpful. Place some on a cotton ball and apply to the underarms instead of deodorant. The vinegar smell is gone in minutes and you should be smell-free all day.
Baking soda
Baking soda, the odor-eating standby, can be used instead of deodorant. Just apply the powder to your dry armpits. It will kill bacteria and help absorb perspiration. Cornstarch can also be used instead or mixed with the baking soda.
Parsley
Chewing parsley, alfalfa and other leafy greens will help neutralize body odor, probably because of the deodorizing effect of the chlorophyll.
Radishes
Juice about two dozen radishes, add 1/4 teaspoon of glycerin, and put in a squirt or spray-top bottle. Use as an underarm deodorant or to reduce foot odor.
Rosemary
It is an antibacterial herb. Put 8 to 10 drops of the essential oil in 1 ounce of water and apply it where needed.
Sage
Herbalists suggest drinking a cup of sage tea daily to reduce sweat gland activity. This is especially true for those who perspire excessively due to tension. Use one-and-a-half teaspoonfuls of dried sage or two tea bags in one cup of water; soak for ten minutes; drink in small doses throughout the day. Fresh sage leaves blended with tomato juice has been found to be very effective against bad odor.
Tea tree
It is an antibacterial herb. Make a deodorant by putting 2 drops of the essential oil into 1 ounce of water and apply where needed.
Turnip juice
Turnip juice will reduce underarm odor for up to 10 hours. Grate turnip; squeeze the juice through cheesecloth, so that you have two teaspoonfuls. Wash your armpits first, and vigorously rub one teaspoonful on each one.
Wheat grass
Take 500 mg of wheat grass daily on an empty stomach and wash down with a glass of water. The chlorophyll will dramatically reduce body odor.