And by often, we mean once a day at the very least, but a nice sweaty workout three times a week is recommended. That’s partly because of the cardiovascular advantages, but it also helps our bodies rid themselves of pollutants like heavy metals like arsenic, lead, and mercury.
Sure, sweating necessitates a shower after a workout, but if shampooing your hair is your main worry, try rinsing your locks with cool water in between washes, or go the dry shampoo route to keep your style.
When it comes to sweating, we have no shame about it. It’s even a little seductive. However, we are aware that certain people are particularly sensitive about body odor when it comes to perspiration. We can smell some people’s BO more than others, and we can’t detect certain people’s BO at all!
Indeed, a small number of people (about 2% of the general population) have an uncommon variant of the ABCC11 gene that prevents armpits from releasing an offensive, or even detectable odor. The other 98 percent of us are picking up on something.
But, before you forego deodorant entirely and flash your pits at all suitable people within a 5-foot radius, there is some validity to the idea that we can have extremely foul body odor that won’t attract anyone. It can repel everyone within a 5-foot radius. Poor food, lack of exercise, dehydration, stress, illnesses, and hormonal changes such as unpredictable blood sugar fluctuations, menstruation, pregnancy, or menopause can all intensify our BO. There are a few things you can do to keep the intensity of your stench under control.
Daily Showers to Fight the Sweat
While it should go without saying that showering will make you smell better if you’re not happy with your body odor, it’s worth remembering that bacteria are responsible for a lot of the “ick” element that comes with terrible BO. The major cause of truly nasty BO is bacteria on the surface of our skin interacting with pheromones and toxins in our sweat.
Water Is Not an Enemy
Because we lose a lot of electrolytes and salts when we sweat, properly rehydrating with spring water and an appropriate amount of sodium, eating hydrating fruits and veggies like bell peppers, berries, apples, and cucumbers, and adding electrolytes to our water will help us stay hydrated and avoid depleting the body’s last reserves.
pH-Balancing Deodorant Products
Our armpits have a pH level that is substantially higher than the rest of our bodies. A high pH makes bacteria more reactive, resulting in a more disagreeable odor. As a result, employing a deodorant that balances the acidity of this specific microbiome can inhibit the growth of many microbes that cause foul pits, and while we’ll still sweat, we’ll smell a lot better.
Cut back on junk food, alcohol, and red meat to keep things a bit fresher. Replace them with fresh fruits, vegetables, leaner proteins, and whole foods. Because certain spices can have a strong effect on our body odor, keep in mind that some cuisines may cause us to smell a lot like the meal we just ate. Fennel and fenugreek are excellent digestive spices, but they can cause sweat to smell like licorice or, oddly enough, maple syrup. If you’re into that sort of thing, it’s cool.