Published On: Wed, Jun 27th, 2018

How to Combat Body Odour and Smell Fresh Without Using an Antiperspirant

More men and women nowadays are aware of the health risks of antiperspirants containing aluminium compounds and parabens. This leaves them with two main choices. The first is to stop using antiperspirants and deodorants. The other option is to use natural alternatives.

People who want to stop using antiperspirants and deodorants altogether are wary of chemicals and artificial fragrances used in a lot of the products. Research has suggested that chemicals in antiperspirant can lead to breast cancer and Alzheimer’s disease.

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Women especially want to avoid heavy metals from entering into their body near the armpit where the lymph nodes are located.

Detoxifying Your Armpits

If you’re looking to transition from using an antiperspirant to a natural deodorant like No Pong, the ideal way to get started is to take five or six days to detox. You will most likely find it a little uncomfortable in the beginning but considering the health benefits you get by using these antiperspirants, it is well worth the effort.

One of the ways to detox your armpits is by taking salt baths. While it’s nice to let your entire body soak in, make sure that your armpits are submerged into the salt water for anywhere between 25 and 45 minutes. You may find the water turning a murky colour which is a sign those heavy metals and toxins are being pulled from underneath your skin, ridding your body of heavy metals.

Cleansing the Armpits

The next step to cleansing your underarms is to use a natural oil based soap such as castile soap to wash your underarms and get rid of bacteria.

Next, take two drops of tea tree oil, rub it in between your fingertips and apply it to your underarms. Tea tree oil is a natural antiseptic antimicrobial antibacterial. If you don’t like the fragrance of tea tree oil, mix some lavender oil to get a pleasant fragrance. This will diminish foul-smelling bacteria because whether you realise it or not, the smell is because of the bacteria that mixes with sweat.

If you choose not to use a deodorant, carry some wipes with you to freshen up at any point in the day. This is especially important if you are prone to excessive sweating or if you are working in hot conditions and want to make sure that you can get rid of sweat and keep smelling fresh throughout the day.

Using a Deodorant

Another option to combat body odour, without using an antiperspirant is to use a natural deodorant. There are several natural deodorants available, such as No Pong and Black Chicken.

Most of these, contain baking soda, sodium bicarbonate, to neutralise the odour. They also contain essential oils such as lemongrass, Cedarwood Atlas, Lime, Geranium, Bergamot and some others which kill bacteria and also have a pleasant smell.

Practising Good Hygiene

Hygiene plays an important part in preventing body odour and following a few simple steps can help you in your efforts to combat body odour without using an antiperspirant. Wearing a fresh set of clothes every day and adding a sanitizer when washing clothes can further help you in getting rid of bacteria.

Shaving armpits regularly so they are hair-free gives bacteria less of a chance to spread as the sweat can evaporate fast. Choose fabrics like cotton and wool for your clothes, as they are breathable and allow sweat to evaporate quickly.

Choosing What You Eat

Your diet and gut health are contributory factors to body odour. For instance, pork and beef products contain carnitine, an amino acid. To break this down, intestines need to make an extra effort. Enzymes called Flavin monooxygenases which are present in your gut break down residues of the amino acid so it can be excreted. If the body does not have sufficient enzymes it emits a fishy smell.

Minimise red meat with protein alternatives like soy, beans and poultry. Eat sufficient plant-based foods such as legumes, fresh vegetables and fruit. Plant-based foods contain fibre which clean help with digestion. Changing your diet to include green salads and raw vegetables should be a gradual process, however, it can get rid of body odour and also contribute to improved health.

While using an antiperspirant appears to be the easy way out for most people who want to get rid of body odour, given the long-term health implications it is worth switching to a natural deodorant such as Black Chicken, which do not contain chemicals and are a safer option.

Author: Robert

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