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5 Ways to Prevent Body Odor

5 Ways to Prevent Body Odor

It’s a fact of life: Sometimes you smell less than sweet. Whether it’s from food, excess sweat, or clothes that aren’t quite clean, here are some surprising solutions that can beat back body odor for good.

By The Editors, Prevention

1.    Choose Natural Fabrics
Natural fabrics such as cotton absorb perspiration better than synthetic materials because they allow the absorbed sweat to evaporate from the fabric.

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2.    Skip the garlic and onions
You know they make your breath smell, but what about the rest of you? “If you’ve been surrounded by cooking foods such as garlic, onions, and strong spices, these odors can cling to your clothes and hair,” says Lenise Banse, MD. “Until your clothing and hair are washed, these odors will be carried with you.”

3.    Apply some apple cider vinegar
“Apple cider vinegar is a great natural underarm deodorant,” says Georgianna Donadio, PhD. She suggests applying it directly to your armpits to kill body odor.

4.    Cut back on meat
Extracts of proteins and oils from certain foods and spices remain in your body’s excretions and secretions long after eating, and they can impart an odor, explains Ellen Kamhi, PhD, RN.

5.    Benefit from good bacteria
For a natural deodorant that fights odor from the inside out, Dr. Kamhi recommends taking a daily acidophilus supplement. Acidophilus is a probiotic bacteria that helps aid digestion.

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4:54PM PDT on Jun 10, 2014

PureBodyScent deodorants are amazing. I use mine all over my body and I have zero odor. It is by far the best deodorant that I've ever used. My 4 pack lasted for 2 months.

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11:41AM PDT on Jul 18, 2011

Really interesting - thank you. Lush do fairly effective no-aluminium deodorants, but I'm going to try cider vinegar and perhaps acidophilus.

5:12PM PDT on Jun 29, 2011

Thankyou for these great ideas! I didn't think apple cider vinegar would do the trick.

12:54AM PDT on Jun 29, 2011

thank you for the information...

9:34AM PDT on Jun 25, 2011

Nice suggestions.

12:23AM PDT on Jun 17, 2011

Cool. Garlic and onions are also good for your respiratory system. But when eaten in moderation and using the other hints, I'm sure people will be fine.

11:46PM PDT on Jun 16, 2011

i make deoderent using this recipe

5-6 Tbsp Coconut oil
1/4 cup baking soda
1/4 cup arrowroot powder or cornstarch
6 drops of essential oil

I was shocked at how well it works!

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