Being the person that everyone avoids due to a funny smell is quite embarrassing. However, it is completely normal to smell a little less fresh than usual on some days, especially during summer when your body tends to be sweatier than usual.
According to Cleveland Clinic, body odour is caused by a mix of bacteria and sweat on your skin. Your body odour can change due to hormones, the food you eat, infection, medications or underlying conditions like diabetes. Some home remedies prescription-strength antiperspirants or medications may help with body odour.
Here are 3 easy to find foods you can try to help prevent body odour:
1. Green tea
According to Healthshots, green tea is one of the healthiest beverages out there and apart from promoting weight-loss, it can also help in preventing body odour. Research suggests that you dip some tea bags in warm water and once completely soaked, press against the underarm region and on the feet for 5 minutes each and rinse off, to regulate the sweat glands.
2. Citrus fruits
Enjoy these not only as a snack but as a body odour prevention mechanism. Eating fresh citrus, such as lemons and oranges, can also help limit musky smells that may be lingering on your skin. According to David Colbert, MD, dermatologist and internist in New York City and author of The High School Reunion Diet, “the acids in citrus fruits help to flush water through your body. And because citrus also contains fibre, they move through your system slowly and flush out toxins that contribute to body odours”.
3. Leafy vegetables
Vegetables are beneficial for our overall health in various ways. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that leafy vegetables can help prevent body odour. Leafy vegetables include spinach, cabbage, kale, collard greens and lettuce. According to experts, kale and spinach contain high levels of chlorophyll that neutralise odour-causing compounds.