Ways to Eliminate Body Odor

by Dr. Edward Group DC, NP, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM Published on , Last Updated on


woman applying deodorant

Lets take a moment and discuss a problem that affects a lot of people, but is often stigmatized- body odor. Body odor stinks, literally and figuratively. Research has shown that some people with body odor have problems in their personal and social relationships. Feelings of shame, embarrassment, low self-esteem, isolation, frustration, and depression are extremely common where body odor is present.

Sufferers and their families have been may gain considerable benefit from sympathetic and non-judgmental counseling, however long-term strategies and approaches to deal with causes of body odor are probably a lot more effective. Body odor is a problem to solve, not learn to live with.

What Are the Causes of Body Odor?

The human body has many systems that are constantly at work and waste byproducts are simply part of that process. The digestive process results in waste, our skin sweats to excrete waste, and the cells in our bodies are constantly replacing themselves. Just as we take in food, we put out waste. Although body odor often occurs when inadequate bathing or hygiene fail to properly clean up the messes our bodies make (sweat contains bacterial activity, allowing it to dry on the skin can produce body odor), it can also result from systemic deficiencies within the body.

In women, menstruation and stress often dramatically increases the degree of body odor. Yeast conditions such as candida can produce a beer-like smell since yeast can turn sugar into alcohol quickly within the body. Medical tests at Imperial College in London have shown that some people with body odor have ‘friendly bacteria’ imbalances.

Foods rich in the amino acid carnitine are known to leave residues in the intestines, which have to be worked on by the natural flora. Specific enzymes known as flavin monooxygenases break the residues down to an odorless state ready for excretion. If they are in poor supply, missing, or bowel flora is disturbed, a “fishy” body odor can result.

Combating the Problem

If body odor is a product of poor hygiene, new behaviors simply must be learned and adequate tools must be used. One thing we need to be clear of though is that toxic antiperspirant and deodorant sprays are not the answer. Organic hygiene products are readily available and are the best choice.

When body odor is indicative of a problem from within, detoxifying your body is the answer. There are a variety of cleansing routines that may be appropriate and regularly incorporating detox foods may help. Regular sessions in an infrared sauna are also known to encourage the removal of toxic impurities through the skin.

About 7% of people complaining of body odor do not completely digest particular foods because of enzyme deficiencies or digestive problems. So for regular support, persons with body odor should take a probiotic supplement, as this will help boost intestinal flora quality.

†Results may vary. Information and statements made are for education purposes and are not intended to replace the advice of your doctor. Global Healing Center does not dispense medical advice, prescribe, or diagnose illness. The views and nutritional advice expressed by Global Healing Center are not intended to be a substitute for conventional medical service. If you have a severe medical condition or health concern, see your physician.

  • Delivered

    Body odor has wreaked havoc on my life as long as I can remember ! It’s so hard because ppl believe I don’t bathe and that is so far from the truth. Doctors aren’t any help either,

  • Henny

    hey delivered, I feel your pain. I too suffer from the curse of struggling to go through a workday without smelling sweaty, or worse some days. I believe mine came with a recent diagnosis of uterine fibroids. it is nearly crippling to go arrive to work and wonder how long I have before I feel that first trickle of sweat or start to notice the first hint of odor. I probably go through a stick of deodorant each week by my self because I apply it all day and everywhere I fear sweat and order might occur. I am greatly embarrassed of this but I talk about it here because I hope it might be of help to you. If you have body odor that all the home cures and prayers are all too temporary, as they have been for me, maybe it is something beyond our help, such as health issues. I haven’t been able to truly irradiate this issue yet, but it is significantly reduced through the use of deodorant soaps and Epsom salt baths and sometimes use of vinegar in my bath water. I also bathe probably 3 to 4 times each day. 1, 2 showers and baths so my skin doesn’t completely turn to leather from all this washing. Hopefully something I have said helps you or at least lets you know you’re not alone in this struggle(headache). Good luck.

  • Steph

    Try baking soda for deodorant. And pat on anywhere else you may sweat. So effective!

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  • Chris Stone

    For a few months now I’ve noticed a smell of sewage every where. After reading I’m absolutely positively sure it body odor. I have excellent hygiene and take very good care of myself. I’ve had problems with my stomach all my life. By trouble I mean I can for weeks without a BM. I usually eat once a day. Theres been time where Ive went a month as well. Ive started gaining weight too. I’m wondering if a probiotic would help solve all this. I’m guessing my problems come from the toxic slug in my stomach.

    If anyone has had the same problem please let me know what product do you take him to get rid of it or at least help

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  • Ann Hopy

    Hi Chris Stone, not sure if you will get this but it may help someone else. Sounds like you could use a detox. I use Dr. Natura Colonix. It gets you cleaned out and taste good. Do as it says and if you get bound up again then just cut back but DO NOT STOP taking it. It is not cheap for me as I am on such a tight budget, but when I need it I forfeit something (or more) and get it. Also a Chlorophyll product may help, been know to stop orders from within, start with small amount and work up. More is not always the best, nature is powerful. Hope this helps.


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