Body odor can be eliminated through
a change in diet
Copyright © 2006 Truth Publishing
This article touches on a subject that's quite sensitive to many people:
body odor. Let's explore the link between the foods you choose to consume
and the odor produced by your body (there is a direct correlation).
With all the hundreds of millions of dollars spent each year on personal
care products and deodorants, I'm amazed there's almost no discussion
about reducing body odor by changing your diet. In fact, when I've mentioned
this subject to some people, they look at me in bewilderment. They ask
questions like "What do you mean? Your foods control your body odor?
Body odor is genetic!" What's needed is a crash course in the underlying
causes of body odor. We'll call it The Fundamentals of Offensive Personal
Odors, or just Body Odor 101, for short.
The first lesson in Body Odor 101: What comes out of your body reflects
what you put in. Body odor is something that's strongly affected by
what's being emitted by your sweat glands. And remember, armpits are
designed to sweat. I know that may sound insanely simple, because everybody
knows that armpits sweat, but I'm saying that armpits are supposed to
perspire. Yet people go to great lengths to prevent their armpits from
sweating by using deodorant products containing toxic chemicals and
derivatives of heavy metals like aluminum.
But there's more to it than just cooling your body temperature through
perspiration. Another function of the sweat glands in your armpits is
to excrete toxins from your body. That's why sweating is an important
part of maintaining optimum physical health: you have to give your body
a chance to get rid of various toxins through a variety of metabolic
processes. Those include urination, passing fecal matter, exhaling carbon
dioxide and other toxins through the lungs, and, of course, eliminating
toxins through the skin. The skin, remember, is your body's largest
Your armpits, then, actually have an important health function in getting
rid of toxins. That's why you need to keep them open and unclogged by
deodorant products. Sweating is good for you.
But what about the odor? Where does that really come from? Conventional
doctors like to say it's due to bacteria living in your armpits. But
that's ridiculous: our entire bodies are covered with bacteria, not
just our armpits. And if the bacteria alone were the cause of the odor,
you could eliminate body odor by sterilizing your armpits with rubbing
alcohol or iodine tincture. (Try it, if you like: it still won't eliminate
the odor.) The real cause of armpit odor is the intentional excretion
of horrible toxins that your body is trying to get rid of. And by using
deodorant products, you block the exit door and force those toxins to
stay in your system!
The way to eliminate body odor, then, is not to mask it with unhealthful
deodorant products, but rather to clean up your body from the inside
out. In other words, if your armpits have a horrible raunchy smell,
that's an indication that your diet needs some adjusting. I'm embarrassed
to say that I know this from personal experience. My own body odor used
to be rather disgusting when I followed the standard American diet like
most people do. I had to use massive doses of brand name deodorant products
just to try to cover up the odor. Only later did I learn that those
products are made with cancer-causing chemical fragrances that are absorbed
directly into your bloodstream, through your armpits, where they enter
your liver and promote liver disease, cancer, and a variety of other
Many deodorants and antiperspirants are made with aluminum in order
to halt the perspiration of your sweat glands, and this aluminum is
suspected of accumulating in the nervous system and ultimately contributing
to nervous system disorders such as Alzheimer's disease. That's why
I no longer use any brand name deodorants or antiperspirants. After
giving up red meat, junk foods, fast foods and other dietary atrocities,
I no longer needed deodorants anyway.
Let's take a closer look at the causes of body odor. What foods really
cause body odor in the first place?
Red meat is the number one cause of body odor. Red meat causes stagnation
in the body; it putrefies in the digestive tract and releases all sorts
of toxins into the bloodstream through the large intestine. I've noticed
that people who consume a large quantity of red meat on a regular basis
tend to have much stronger body odor than those who avoid it. Some people
tell me just the opposite — they say it's vegetarians who stink because
they run around wearing no deodorant whatsoever. But my experience is
that if a vegetarian stinks, they aren't following a healthy diet even
though they are avoiding meat. (You can be vegetarian and extremely
unhealthy if you consume a lot of processed foods.) Overall, though,
if you find a healthful vegetarian and put them side by side with a
heavy meat eater in a sniff test, I'm confident your nose will lead
you to the conclusion that the meat eater is the most offensive of the
As far as other foods that cause body odor, manufactured foods — those
lacking fiber and made with refined white flour, added sugars, hydrogenated
oils and other processed ingredients — are the big culprits. When you
eliminate these from your diet and shift to a 100% healthful diet made
of whole grains, massive quantities of leafy vegetables, fresh fruits,
soy products, supergreens, lots of sprouts, raw nuts and seeds, healthy
oils and other similar healthful ingredients, your body odor will all
but disappear in a matter of weeks.
That's because a plant-based diet is an internal deodorizer. It's true:
the chlorophyll and other phytonutrients will cleanse you from the inside
out. Some of the best foods for that include parsley, cilantro, celery
and all mint species. The aromatic herbs are also excellent: sage, rosemary,
thyme, oregano, and so on.
As a sidebar to the body odor discussion, all the things that come out
of your body are strong indicators of your current level of health,
as well as what adjustments you need to make in order to be healthier.
It's interesting to note that for hundreds of years, physicians actually
tasted the urine of their patients and were able to make medical diagnoses
by taste analysis alone. As bizarre as this sounds, it actually makes
sense. The human tongue is perhaps the finest natural chemical composition
sensor known to modern medicine. (Dogs' noses are also good at this.
Dogs have actually been trained to sniff out bladder cancer by smelling
the urine of humans. Just search Google for articles on "bladder cancer
dogs sniff" and you'll find lots of references to this fact.)
After tasting the urine, skilled physicians were able to offer astoundingly
precise medical diagnoses. The problem, of course, is that doctors also
tended to become ill from tasting their patients' urine, and so this
practice fell into disfavor long ago.
Now, I'm not at all suggesting that you should be tasting your own urine.
But it is very easy to smell your own armpits and get a sense of what's
going on. Try going 24 hours with no deodorant. If you can't stand the
smell from the outside, just imagine what your body smells like on the
inside! Maybe it's time for some plants in your diet, ya think?
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