Causes of Body Odor and Its Social Implications
July 5, 2012
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Do you feel ashamed when summer comes around because you simply
can’t stop stinking to the high heavens? You must be desperate
to know the causes of the strong underarm odor from which you
suffer. Well this article aims to help you in that regard.
To begin with let us make an important point. We generally believe
that underarm perspiration is the direct cause of underarm odor.
However perspiration by itself is always odorless and it is the
bacteria present on the skin and other sources that always cause
the odor. Anaerobic bacteria which begin flourishing when the body
doesn’t have enough oxygen may very well be the cause of underarm
Also as the body’s metabolism begins to work the process
creates unpleasant odors which is the body’s way of ridding
itself of waste products. Any imbalances in metabolism invariably
result in stronger odors.
Even more simply body odor is sometimes simply a result of irregular
bathing or inadequate or no cleaning of clothes. If that is the cause
then the solution is equally simple. Follow a better hygiene routine;
make sure you bathe and wash your clothes regularly and when you
buy your clothes try and make sure they are made of natural fibers
like cotton wool and silk.
Talking about waste products we must consider toxins as a possible
source of body or underarm odor. In today’s world we are constantly
exposed to toxins in our homes diets and external surroundings.
These toxins accumulate in our bodies when the organs that are meant
to eliminate them cannot satisfactorily do so. In other words when
the liver intestines and kidneys are clogged or malfunctioning
the result is that odors emanate from the body. You may already be
under medication for liver and kidney-related ailments but if not
you can go through a detoxification program by cleansing the liver
kidneys and colon.
If your diet is imbalanced resulting in constipation or a deficiency
of minerals like magnesium and zinc you can fall victim to body
odor. Because of certain people’s body chemistry they can
emit a very distinctive and offensive body odor. For instance you
can radiate a ‘fishy’ smell if your body cannot metabolize
foods containing large amounts of protein such as eggs fish liver
and legumes. To get rid of this cut out these products from your
diet. Onions garlic curry certain spicy foods coffee and alcohol
are also prime causes of offensive body odor. Fried and baked food
items may contain rancid fats and oils that lead to body odor.
The sweat glands under the arms and in the groin secrete
a substance which is also a major cause of body odor. This
substance containing protein carbohydrates and lipids
is often secreted owing to a surge in sex hormones and it
is attacked by bacteria very rapidly thus causing body odor.
Also children today reach the stage of puberty much sooner
than was previously the case and this change in hormones
may lead to body odor at a younger age than usual.
Other causes of body odor may be specifically disease-related. Such
problems as low blood sugar liver disease diabetes parasites
metabolic dysfunction menopause or emotional stress may also trigger
excessive sweating and body odor. Diabetics especially those who
depend on insulin can sometimes smell of acetone more familiar
to us as nail-varnish remover. Such individuals require urgent medical
Patients with liver disorders may smell of ammonia and some people
with systemic yeast conditions (Candida) sometimes give out a ‘beer’-like
smell. These conditions can be brought under control by safe natural
anti-yeast dietary and herbal methods.
When they have high fever some people sweat more so body odor
can be a problem and moreover ailments like T.B. induce night sweats.
Diseases such as malaria and cancers like leukemia or lymphoma can
also produce unusual or profuse sweating patterns.
Some medications like morphine high doses of the hormone thyroxin
and overdoses of analgesics such as aspirin are all known stimulators
of body odor.
Another important cause of body odor is emotional stress. The physiological
effect of emotional trauma or distress is excessive sweating as the
body struggles to fight the external stimuli. Thus in anxious moments
we tend to emanate body odor. But there are some people who generally
sweat more than others. This might be a hereditary affliction. Naturally
chances are that they will suffer more from the problem of body odor
than those who sweat less.
Some people with body odor also suffer from the problem of ‘friendly
bacteria’ which live inside the digestive systems. If these
vital microorganisms are ‘disturbed’ owing to medication
or a high fat high sugar high red meat low fiber diet the vital
role they play in detoxification of the bowel and in manufacturing
important nutrients is impaired which in turn can lead to body odor
According to various medical studies people with body odor suffer
from severe problems in their personal and social relationships.
It is also seen that they sometimes suffer from wrecked promotion
prospects at work educational under-achievement because of teasing
and bullying from other students and also enormous degrees of stress
owing to peer pressure which might ultimately force them to indulge
in alcoholism excessive tobacco or drug abuse and in some extreme
cases might even lead to suicides. Where there is the presence of
body odor it is also common to find feelings of shame embarrassment
low self-esteem isolation frustration anxiety and depression.
It is seen that sufferers of body odor and their families benefit
considerably from sympathetic counseling but anyone suffering from
body odor problems must realize what triggers the condition and thus
think about long-term strategies and approaches which deal with underlying
causes of increased body odor and lay stress on how to eradicate
You might start using antiperspirants and deodorant sprays but they
actually are good only for masking the problem although if a good
brand is used it might prove useful in the short term — as
long as it does not add to the problem by causing skin afflictions
like contact dermatitis. You may also resort to such methods as surgery
and Botox injections but the former may have harmful side effects
while the latter is once again a temporary solution.
Some people use anticholinergic drugs that hamper the neural transmissions
to the sweat glands and thus prevent their stimulation but once
again these drugs can cause side effects like dizziness blurred
vision and dry mouth.
Thus the only option is to aim for natural treatment methods that
eradicate the problem from its root. That way you know you can safely
say goodbye to body odor and hello to social confidence.