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The natural way to healthy odour

Published:Tuesday | June 12, 2012 | 12:00 AM

Eat right

Shift to a healthful diet made of whole grains, large quantities of green leafy vegetables, fresh fruits, soy and other vegetable protein, sprouts, raw nuts and seeds, healthy oils and other similar healthy ingredients. Your body odour will greatly improve because a plant-based diet is an internal deodoriser. The chlorophyll, the fibre and other phytonutrients will cleanse you from the inside out. Some of the best spices to use include aloe, parsley, cilantro, celery and mint. The aromatic herbs like sage, rosemary, thyme and oregano are also excellent.

However, other spices like curry, onions and garlic may make some people's sweat more pungent.

A diet high in red meat increases the risk of unpleasant BO and red meat may be the number-one cause. Commercial red meat has a prolonged transit time through the system; it putrefies in the digestive tract and may release toxins into the bloodstream. Some folk contend that some vegetarians have a strong BO because they use no deodorant. But vegetarians can be unhealthy. A vegetarian with an offensive odour is probably not following a healthy lifestyle even though he avoids meat. Other foods that cause body odour include processed foods with white flour, added sugars, hydrogenated oils and other processed ingredients.

Drink enough

Drink at least eight glasses of clean water daily to encourage flushing of the kidneys and healthy sweating. Water-rich foods - fresh fruit and vegetables, juices, coconut water, herbal teas, etc. - also contribute to optimal fluid intake.

Cleanse internally

Colon hydrotherapy and herbs like aloe vera, psyllium and milk thistle allow for specific intestinal cleansing. Periodic fasting on fluids only also facilitates internal cleansing. Saunas, sunbaths and vigorous exercise encourage detoxification from the skin by sweating. Deep breathing assists cleansing from the lungs.

Cleanse externally

Regular bathing is essential for a clean body odour. Choose soaps and shampoos that use natural cleaning agents like aloe vera, natural oils and herbal scents like lavender, rosemary and sage. Skin brushing before bathing with a loofah or skin brush will encourage exfoliation of dead skin cells and opens the pores. Good oral hygiene with brushing of the teeth, flossing and tongue cleaning are also important aspects of external cleansing.

The way to eliminate body odour, then, is not just to mask it with unhealthful deodorants, but rather to clean up your body from both the inside and outside. If you need a deodorant, choose a natural aluminium-free variety.

The smell of your body is a strong indicator of your level of health. Smell your own armpits and get a sense of what's going on internally. If you can't stand the smell from the outside, just imagine what your body smells like on the inside. Remem-ber - cleanliness is next to godliness!