Natural Remedies for Body Odour and Bad Breath

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Chima Ejimofor

Unbearable body odour (mainly from the armpits and feet) and bad breath (or halitosis – an unpleasant smell of breath and mouth) are two common concerns that can affect anyone. While these issues can be embarrassing, there are several natural remedies that can help you combat them effectively.

Body odour remedies

  1. Maintain proper hygiene: The most crucial step in preventing body odour is to maintain good personal hygiene. Regular showers, thorough cleaning of armpits and groin areas, and using antibacterial soap can significantly reduce odour-causing bacteria on your skin.
  2. Wear breathable fabrics: Choose natural, breathable fabrics like cotton to allow your skin to breathe. This helps to reduce sweating and minimises the conditions conducive to body odour.
  3. Since aloe vera is one of the best known natural bactericides, it is recommended to shower daily using Aloe Liquid Soap or Avocado Face and Body Soap, in addition to Aloe Shield deodorant roll-on. The aloe vera kills the bacteria which produces unpleasant odour.
  4. Lemon juice: Lemon juice has natural antibacterial properties and can help combat body odour. Simply apply freshly squeezed lemon juice to your underarms or other odour-prone areas before your shower.
  5. Baking soda: Baking soda can act as a natural deodorant. Mix a small amount with water to create a paste, and apply it to your underarms to neutralize odour.
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Dietary tips  for body odour

  1. Stay hydrated: Drinking plenty of water helps flush toxins from your body and can reduce body odour.
  2. Herbs and spices: Incorporate herbs and spices like parsley, mint, and sage into your diet. They can help neutralise odours.
  3. Reduce red meat and processed foods: Foods high in red meat and processed ingredients can lead to more pungent body odour. Opt for a balanced, plant-based diet.
  4. Chlorophyll-rich foods: Foods like spinach, parsley, and wheatgrass are rich in chlorophyll, which can help neutralize odours. Consider adding them to your meals.

Bad breath remedies

Bad breath may be caused by a lack of oral hygiene, an incorrect diet, infections in the throat, nose or gums, or because of excessive smoking or drinking.

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In some cases, diabetes causes this problem, as well as the presence of some poison in the body like lead, arsenic or methane.

Most of the time, bad breath is due to bad digestion, which causes putrefied material to remain in the stomach. This, in turn, produces gas, which is expelled through the breath.

The foundation of preventing bad breath is excellent oral hygiene. Brush your teeth, at least, twice a day, using the Aloe Bright Toothgel, which combines aloe vera and bee propolis in a fluoride-free formula, for sparkling teeth and fresh breath. Use dental floss, and consider using a tongue scraper to remove bacteria from the tongue’s surface.

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In addition, fast, one to three days, on orange juice with Aloe Vera Gel or Berry Nectar; at the same time taking a soft laxative, yogurt or Active ProB, to improve the intestinal flora.

Odourless garlic thyme acts as a natural antibiotic, killing bacteria in the mouth and colon.

Dry mouth can lead to bad breath. Stay well-hydrated to maintain a moist mouth and promote saliva production.

References:

Guide to Natural Remedies for Health and Well-Being – Enrique Garza

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About the Author: Mrs Chima Ejimofor is the lead partner of Infinite Health Consult, and is available for the purchase of nutritional supplements, health talks and wellness seminars. She is based in Lagos, Nigeria. Telephone/WhatsApp: 07033179632, email: infinitehealthconsult@gmail.com

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