Causes for body odour
- Pores of the skin are blocked due to accumulation of dry and dead cells. This generally occurs when proper hygiene is not maintained.
- Too much of non-vegetarian food in the diet especially red meat and shrimps.
- Usage of expired or substandard cosmetic products – makeup, lotion etc.
- Weak liver and digestive system.
- Fungal infections.
There are 2 main ways to treat body odour – Changes in diet and hydrotherapy – body wash using certain ingredients. Method of treatments should be applied based on the probable cause that is detected.
- Reduce the non-vegetarian consumption especially red meat.
- Use sunflower oil or olive oil instead of saturated fat (ghee).
- Zinc deficiency leads to body odour. So consume foods rich in zinc like spinach, cashews, pumpkin seeds, kidney beans, flax seeds peanuts etc.
- Have lots of curds, fibre rich food, fruits and juices if you are constipated.
- Have 10 tulsi leaves every morning with a glass of water. This helps in purifying the blood.
- Have a regular bath and scrub well so that all the dead skin is removed.
- Boil neem leaves in water and use this water for a bath.
- Once a week have an Epsom salt bath.
- Take neem leaves and air dry them for 8 – 10 days (not in direct sun). Make a powder of this and use it as a scrub for your daily bath.
- Avoid using anti-antiperspirants. These block your pores and eventually lead to body odour problems.
- Do not sleep with make-up on. Use a good cleanser/ make-up remover.
- Fungal infection can be treated by visiting a dermatologist
Body odour is something that is generally made fun of and is the butt of many jokes. This could lead to low self-esteem, anxiety or depression. Thus, it is essential to try to detect the causes quickly and work on the remedies. If the above remedies do not work, please get medical help.