BANISH BAD B.O.
So, you know what’s going on with your body odour – but what can you do about it?
There are a few basics to remember – apply antiperspirant and shower daily, more if you’ve been pounding the pavement or hitting the gym, and make sure you dry yourself thoroughly. Damp armpits and feet are breeding grounds for stinky bacteria. And if you’re really hairy? Bring out the hairdryer to thoroughly dry your coat.
For some more creative measures, trim your body hair. Not because shaving a superhero’s logo into your chest hair will keep B.O. at bay, but because reducing body hair helps prevent sweat and bacteria from collecting. Cut back on the sweets (sugar is a leading cause of body odour changes), and up your intake of magnesium. Research shows that people with a magnesium deficiency produce a stronger body odour than those who consume the proper amount. If stress is causing your B.O. blues then try calming techniques: yoga, breathing exercises, or even just putting in another session at the gym. You’ll still be working up a sweat, but it’ll be the right type of sweat.
EMBRACE YOUR CHANGE
You know what is ‘normal’ for your body and its odour. A change in body odour is natural but if you’re really concerned then it doesn’t hurt to make a trip to the doctors. They can put your mind at ease – which hopefully ends any anxious sweating and means you won’t ever need to ask: “why my sweat smells bad all of a sudden”.