We all worry about it right? Statistics show that in 2011-2012 the United States alone spent over $1.3 billion in consumer purchases. We spend a lot of time and money thinking about those wet marks appearing on our clothes that signify we have been working hard while trying to appear carefree. And then there is the odor. Who hasn’t pulled a friend aside to ask “Do I smell? Is my deodorant working?”
Where does the sweat come from? Can’t we just not sweat? While that would be great, our bodies are actually supposed to sweat. I know, that doesn’t sound appealing but it is true. Our bodies sweat to help us cool down and not overheat. If we didn’t sweat we would have to pant like a dog to cool down.
Sweating is detoxifying as it helps our bodies release some of the toxins that build up in our systems. It also helps us to fight infection and kill off different bacteria and germs. Normally our bodies produce almost a liter a day of sweat and we just don’t notice it because it evaporates as soon as it shows up on our skin.
That personal aroma working its way up into the nose is another story. There are actually many reasons why we have body odor. Age, health, diet, genetics and lifestyle all play factors in our personal chemistry. For today’s topic, let’s look at the 2 main stages of sweat.
Regular Sweat / Exercise Sweat: This is the type of sweat that we may or may not notice in our daily way of doing things. It is produced mainly by our eccrine glands that are found in large areas of our bodies. It is comprised basically of water, salt and potassium. It cools the body and evaporates quickly leaving little to no trace except for a natural musky scent.
Stress Sweat: This type of sweat comes about when our bodies are ramped up with emotions. When we are deeply frustrated, worried, in pain or scared; our brain and body works together to trigger an adrenaline response. It is our protective fight or flight mode. That chemical reaction comes from the apocrine glands that secrete more of a milky thick sweat containing fatty acids and proteins. Because it is a more dense liquid, it doesn’t evaporate as quickly. While it starts out odorless, it mixes with the natural bacteria on our skin and can become quite surprising in no time at all.
What can you do about it?
Stay hydrated. Cool clean refreshing water is our body’s regulator fluid.
Use deodorants without antiperspirant. Use a natural deodorant that doesn’t have any aluminum. Our Natural Deodorant is a great option to try. The aluminum regular drug store products is what makes antiperspirants block the glands and hold back sweat. Along with a host of other troubling issues, blocking the glands will also in the long run create more offensive body odor.
Wash with a natural antibacterial soap. I personally like to use Dr Bronners but anything natural will help reduce the budding offensive bacteria from your skin.
Notice what foods you are eating. Excessive amounts of sugars, fried foods and dairy can cause a build up in the body that releases as odor. But also healthy foods like garlic, beans, broccoli cabbage, brussel sprouts and other spices can create an odor when leaving the body.
Exercise helps. As I mentioned earlier, exercise will help your body flush the toxins that build up in your internal system. Exercise also helps to relieve stress and releases endorphins that make you feel better so it is a win-win.
Don’t give up. Every step you make towards a healthier you is a good choice. Try different products and give your body time to adjust.
Next week I will share a couple of options in getting rid of intense body odor.
For now, be blessed in all you do. We here at Healing Treasures celebrate you! You are indeed a wonderful and original treasure!
My name is Julie and I am passionate about looking for the clean and natural ways to handle every day life.