Do you have bad breath? Are you embarrassed to take off your shoe because of stinky feet? Afraid to raise your arms because your underarms reek of that pungent onion smell? It’s natural to go through a not-so-fresh day every once in a while, but if the bad odor becomes a frequent occurrence, you withdraw to yourself and become too self-conscious.
Harmful toxins are one of the culprits of body odor. The more toxins stored in your body, the more smelly you become. Aside from poor hygiene, an unhealthy lifestyle or an underlying medical condition, the foods you eat contribute to these buildup of harmful toxins too. If you’re tired of having to isolate yourself from the world because of your no-so-pleasant smell, here are the must-eat superfoods to add to your arsenal in the battle to overcome unpleasant body odor.
As a superfood, lemon is lauded for its nutrient dense composition, providing numerous benefits. As a natural deodorizer, it is just as potent. Lemon, like any citrus fruit, is acidic by nature, and this lowers pH levels. A low pH level means that bacteria on the body cannot thrive. Coupled with its antibacterial and astringent properties, you have a superfood that stunts bacterial growth and sweat production. As a detoxifier, lemon helps flush out the toxins accumulated in the body, and boosts liver activity.
Lemon can also be applied topically and in combination with other foods/ingredients that control sweating and bacterial growth. Its citrusy smell is a good alternative to commercial deodorants and sprays too.
Do you know that yogurt does not only fight body odor in general, but it is especially useful to eliminate halitosis and vaginal smell? Yogurt is abundant in live bacteria cultures that promote a healthy digestive tract, which helps flush out toxins and maintain a normal functioning gut. The same live active bacteria fight against the bad bacteria hiding in the soft crevices of the mouth that cause halitosis. Plaque and tartar buildup are also minimized. For foul vaginal smell, yogurt can be used as a topical solution to help deal with the strong odor.
Note: Although there are many varieties of yogurt available in the market, check the label for that “live active culture” stamp or check what probiotics are included in the yogurt. Also, refrain from buying those with flavors or with mixed fruits.
Matcha Green Tea
It is common knowledge that matcha green tea is packed with antioxidants more than the ordinary tea. It helps with the detox process by producing glutathione, a carrier antioxidant that removes harmful toxins in the body. Polyphenols contained in matcha green tea also help with freshening your breath, and its extracts fight oral bacteria from propagating by destroying it.
Wheatgrass has an abundance of chlorophyll compound, which helps fight against body odor and acts as a natural deodorant. It also balances the body’s acids and flushes out toxins to prevent excessive sweating. Wheatgrass regulates body temperature through its vitamin B and other nutritional content.
Tip: A lemon and wheatgrass drink is one powerful superfood combination for unpleasant body odor. Wheatgrass with its abundant chlorophyll content and lemon with its high acid content work together to minimize sweating and flush out toxins in the body.
Another reason to foul body odor is digestive problems. Certain foods like red meat take time to digest. As it is processed in the gut, it leaves residues within the intestinal tract that mixes with the bacteria. When you sweat, the body releases these toxins, and the smell can get quite bad. Enter fermented foods like sauerkraut, kefir, and kimchi, the top superfood this 2018 because of its ability to promote a healthy digestive flora. These fermented foods contain good bacteria that break down food easily and help with the body’s detoxification process.
Helpful Tips: Most of the superfoods that help fight body odor should be taken early in the morning on an empty stomach for a more potent effect.
Avoid foods with high sulfur content. Minimize intake of pork and beef or any red meat for that matter, and try alternative sources of protein such as beans, legumes, and fish.
Lastly, if you’ve changed eating habits, practiced good hygiene, and taken up a healthier lifestyle and there is still no improvement from your unpleasant odor, it’s high time you visit the physician as there might be an underlying medical condition that is causing it.
There’s no need to be ashamed of unpleasant body odor, but rather than trying to mask it with commercial antiperspirants or even strong body sprays, why not go to the root cause of the problem and solve it from there. “You are what you eat”, and with the help of amazing superfoods, you don’t have to be embarrassed or be self-conscious anymore!