genetics, health, diet, medication etc. It varies from person to person and is unique to each individual, which is why sniffer dogs are used to track down a person involved in a crime.
Common causes for body odour
• Ill health and lack of hygiene can cause body odour.
• When the liver and kidneys do not perform well, toxins linger in the body, and they make their way out through the pores on the skin.
• Constipation is a common cause of body odour.
• Strong spicy food (onion and garlic) can also cause body odour.
• Tobacco can give you bad breath, as can alcohol. Even strong medicines like antibiotics leave traces in the body which a sensitive nose can catch.
Prevention and treatment of body odour
There are some simple things you can do to deal with body odour.
• Eat healthy food that contains lots of fibre, whole grains, wheat, soy products and vegetables.
• Drink at least 8-10 glasses of water daily.
• Wear soft and absorbent cotton clothes in the summer.
• Body odour clings to clothes. Wash your clothes everyday, especially socks and undergarments. Try not to repeat the same outfit without washing.
• Wash hair frequently.
• If your underarms sweat a lot, consider defuzzing and avoid sleeveless clothes.
• Vinegar can neutralise underarm odour. Apply white vinegar doused in cotton (not on freshly shaved skin as it may sting).
• You could also go in for a deodorant or antiperspirant. There are many varieties available in the market today – from sprays to roll-ons. Find one that suits your lifestyle and apply it on your underarms after your morning shower. It might also be a good idea to carry it to work or college and freshen up at some point during the day.
• Apply eau de cologne to pulse points, to mask odour.
• To smell fresh add a teaspoon of alum or rock salt or Epsom salt to bath water.
• You could also use aroma oils in bath water.
• Use antibacterial soap or herbal soaps while bathing.
• Keep feet clean and dry. Dust with foot powder. Wear well-ventilated footwear in summers.
• If possible, wash your underarms, groin and feet often to keep them clean and prevent odour.