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REDUCE YOUR STINK VALUE

Lori Wasserman - Author  | 
April 22, 2014
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The warmer weather is here and you WILL be sweating, but that doesn't mean you have to stink!

Perspiration itself is normally odorless…yes, that’s true. It’s the bacteria in your underarms and “other areas” that cause most body odor. The good news is that we have a few tricks to keep the stinkies away.

KEEPING THE FUNK AT BAY

Splashing rubbing alcohol under your arms reduces the bacteria that live there and causes the funk.

Unfortunately, stimulant drugs, including caffeine, contribute to body odor by increasing the activity of apocrine sweat glands – specific glands in hairy parts of the body that produce strong-smelling, musky secretions left over from our caveman days when the rule was the muskier the better. Try cutting back on caffeine if body odor is a big problem.

Most commercial underarm products contain harmful ingredients like  aluminum salts (which can lead to Alzheimer’s) and dyes. Avoid the antiperspirant varieties – you can find better deodorant-only products in health food stores. Look for ones containing extracts of green tea and tea tree oil, which are natural antibacterial products.

For those other areas that tend to be stenchy, try using a natural powder to lessen your perspiration and keep those bacteria in check. Another trick is to keep the area well manicured. The less hair you have there, the fewer bacteria and less sweating. Trim away, darlings.

 

 

 

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