Sweating is never fun, unless you’re in a sauna.
Sweating allows your body to get rid of toxins and prevent overheating. It’s also triggered by fluctuating hormones and high-intensity emotions like anxiety and fear.
While eccrine glands release sweat, apocrine glands produce bacteria that help break down the fatty acids and proteins in the liquid. When the balance between good and bad bacteria on your skin is out of whack, the bad bacteria take over and cause body odor (1,2).
Body odor is at its strongest when your skin is wet, which explains why individuals who sweat more often have a stronger odor.
Sweat also contains pheromones, which play a role in social interactions, and antimicrobial proteins, which help prevent bacterial invasion as you come in contact with thousands of microorganisms throughout the day (3,4).
Even though sweating is a completely natural and necessary body function, society considers it to be impractical and unhygienic. This has lead people to use antiperspirants and deodorants that mess with the body’s natural sweating process and even contribute towards breast cancer and Alzheimer’s disease.
To stay clean and fresh without disrespecting your body, ditch the stick and try the trick below!
Simple Citrus Trick
To keep body odor at bay, slice a fresh lime in half and wipe each piece on your clean, dry armpits (5).
Your skin might be a little red at first, but it will quickly adjust. If you have sensitive skin, extract the juice and mix it with a little coconut oil before applying it to avoid irritating your skin. It’s also a good idea not to use this trick after shaving as it might sting and cause a slight rash.
Lime contains natural antibacterial compounds that will kill odor-causing bacteria without harming healthy bacteria (6,7).
When ingested or applied to the skin, the fruit also fights odor-causing fungi like candida, so feel free to add some to your water and drink it every day to deodorize your body from the inside out!