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6 Ways to Get Rid of Body Odor

Body odor can become more prevalent as you age, the good news is that it's easily treatable, often without a prescription. Read on to learn about six ways you can get rid of body odor and feel confidently fresh in no time.


Rebalance Hormones


Particularly for women going through menopause, one of the leading causes of body odor actually comes from hormonal imbalance. Estrogen, which helps regulate the hypothalamus in the brain, declines during this time and causes the temperature control center to think the body is overheating. This leads to sweating, which causes body odor. Lifestyle changes and natural herbal supplements can help regain hormonal equilibrium.


Get Nutrient-Specific


Sometimes all that's needed to get rid of body odor is a couple of changes to nutrition. A lack of magnesium and zinc can lead to this condition, so eating foods with higher concentrations of these minerals can help. Spinach, nuts and seeds, and fish are all magnesium-rich, while zinc can be readily found in oysters, wheat germ, and fall vegetables like squash.


Ease Off Alcohol


Though normally harmless in moderation, any amount of alcohol may negatively impact one's personal scent. The odor of alcohol itself can be secreted through the skin, even if temporarily, and since it can raise the body's temperature, it can also increase the amount of sweat sustaining bacteria, amplifying its normal smell. To get rid of body odor, a switch to water is advised.


Try Wheatgrass


Wheatgrass can act as a natural deodorant to get rid of body odor, thanks to its high content of chlorophyll. Hunters have used this material for years to mask their scents from game, but the same principles can work for daily life. They come in both liquid and tablet forms and can be found in health food stores as well as online.


Let Skin Breathe


Because it's so accessible and durable, it's easy to forget skin is an organ, just like any other, and it needs sufficient oxygen to function properly. Breathable fabrics such as cotton and linen get rid of body odor by absorbing sweat instead of trapping it against the body. Polyester and multi-blends have the opposite effect and should be avoided.


Talk to Your Doctor


Some medications, especially those aimed at disorders like hypoglycemia or breast cancer, may increase body odor, since they can lower body temperature and cause hot flashes, which lead to sweating. Other times, different underlying conditions, like diabetes or kidney problems, can be behind body odor changes. Talk to your doctor about other treatment options, or to find out if odor problems could be caused by an underlying condition.

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