March 26, 2014

Together, we can change the world, one smelly person at a time

It was a really hot day at the office. There were about twenty people in close quarters and everyone was sweating, even with a fan on. All of a sudden, people started to wrinkle their noses at an odor passing through the air. It was the most hideous smell anyone had ever smelt. One man said, "Uh oh, someone's deodorant isn't working."
Santa from the distant corner replied, "It can't be me. I'm not wearing any."

On a serious not an unwashed body will certainly stink. But sometimes body odor is still prevalent even after a wash or even a steaming shower. The worst part of body odor is that one who emits it doesn't realize it, others certainly will. "When we are exposed to a new odor, we notice it right away," If we stink, we may not realize it as we get used to our body odor

Body odor can bring our self confidence down; it can spoil our love life. It can take a toll on our relationships. It may even develop hatred! It can be a head ache for everyone if not attended!

Body odor What? How? and Why?

Smelly people – No one can tolerate people who emit body odors.

We all know these people. They have hair in their armpits and they are sweaty. Their teeth are yellow. They don’t spend much time in their bath rooms. Their water and soap consumption is low. This person may be a coworker, a friend, or a family member. We feel pukish if stand close to them or talk to them. We would always want to tell them please shower everyday, brush your teeth twice and deodorize your pits, etc on a daily basis! Sometimes we hesitate to tell them, as it might hurt them.

There are some people when they remove their shoes, a pungent smell fills the room. They have stinking sweaty feet. When they don’t change their socks everyday they stink even more. They are everywhere too

There are people who think a deodorant can replace all the dirty smell of their body. They generally they do not shower and overload themselves with 108 pumps of musky perfume on the neck and wrists. We all understand that these people want to smell good, but over doing gives people around a headache.

So what causes body odor??

1. Gum disease
Periodontitis is a gum disease that develops from plaque that has built up, allowing bacteria to thrive and flourish. "The bacteria responsible for Periodontis causes bad breath," Visiting a dentist and later good oral hygiene would help this condition

2. Low-carb diets
A sour-fruit-tinged mouth odor can be a characteristic side-effect of very low-carbohydrate eating trend. Smelly ketones, a byproduct of this process, are expelled by the body in breath and urine. Eating a balanced diet that contain carbohydrates including fruits, veggies, beans, nuts and whole grains would make this condition better

3. Prescription meds
Some drugs might make you smell for eg., anti-depressants can increase how much you sweat. The more you sweat, the greater the chances that odor-causing bacteria will flourish.
Also, the molecular structure of a drug may play a role, If the compound contains lots of nitrogen and sulfur, it may taint your body odor. For example, penicillin-type drugs may cause your urine to smell.
4. Tongue plaque
It's no secret that brushing and flossing can keep teeth clean. But what most people don't realize is that the back of the tongue is a surface for harboring plaque. "When plaque gets thick enough, smelly volatile sulfur compounds are released." Brushing, flossing and especially using a tongue scraper can help keep it at bay, and drinking enough of water to help flush bacteria away.

5. Eating less greens
Chlorophyll is what makes plants bright green. Chlotophyll is also an internal body deodorant

6. Eating too much meat
People who eat plant-based vegan diets often notice that people who eat meat have a more repugnant body odor
7. Alcohol
Although a little wine or a beer doesn't appear to produce bad body odors, some people experience noxious morning-after breath or sweat after a lot of alcohol the night before.

8. Kidney disease, liver malfunctions and other health conditions
The two main de-toxifying organs in the body are the liver and the kidneys. When their functioning is impaired, so is their ability to remove toxins. This can lead to a build-up of volatile compounds that is thought produce an unpleasant body odor.

9. Garlic and onions
Garlic and onions can make breath smell bad. The odor produced by the sulfur-containing compounds in these foods, especially when eaten raw, is so strong that the smell is believed by many to permeate deeper to produce an all-encompassing garlic- or onion-infused body odor.
Well the above cases people are exceptions may be excused for a while….

How to handle a smelly person

How to tell a smelly person that he has body odor?
Let us assume it’s a smelly guy

Such conversations should always be one to one conversation.
Don't tell him, in advance or give hints. Fix up a time to meet this person in private. Tell him it’s about something which is not too important, but it is urgent.

When he arrives tell him that you want to talk about something personal and sensitive. Ask him is he will be fine with that.

Tell him “whenever I get close to you, I sense (never say smell) a certain distinct odor, (not smell)".
"It is not a perfume. It is some kind of body odor.It would be good if you kindly find a remedy to this situation?""

Then stop talking and wait for him to respond.

He will reply, "I know, I want to get rid of it" or he will be annoyed and say, "I don’t have any body odor, even if I have, who are you to tell me what to do?"
If the person refuses to agree with the body odor you can convince that person saying, "I know it is none of my business. But the fact is that, whenever I get this close to you I can sense, a certain distinct odor, and therefore, I believe that others must notice it too, Therefore, I wanted to mention it to you".
"May be you need to see your doctor and get some help and advice? What do you think you can do to fix this?"

Never make reference to other peoples complaints.

It’s time, for us with reasonable good hygiene, take a stand against the forces of pungent smelly evil and demand a hygienic reformation! If you smell like a combination of rotten vegetables, baby poop, or spoilt eggs please take a shower and if the odour still persists, take a hot water shower. If the stench still persist please see your doctor!

Naturally we can smell better if...

You can save the earth without offending those people around you when you go all natural.

Things needed:

• shower and more shower, warm shower, Racold shower
• Natural soaps ( plant based)
• Well balanced food
• Clean water
• Wheat grass, Red radish juice, lime, tomato juice
• Towels, Cotton socks
• Tooth brush
• Tea tree oil, Citrus, mint, lavender, or vanilla oils

Daily shower using natural-plant based soaps and not chemical soaps.

Eat natural or organic foods with lots of fiber, grains, and green leafy vegetables. Drink enough of clean water. 500 ml of wheat grass juice would reduce body odor. Meats can be avoided as, consumption of meat causes body odor

Applying red radish juice to your feet and under your arms would make you smell fresh.

Shave and keep the underarms clean. Rub lime on your underarms to rinse them.

If you have a Jacuzzi at home, soak in the bath with two or three ml of tomato juice for about 15 minutes. Follow with a natural deodorant of two drops of tea tree oil.

Dry your feet thoroughly and wear natural fabrics to let your skin breathe. Cotton socks is best in controlling sweat and odor.

Brush your teeth and tongue regularly. Drops of peppermint oil, kill bacteria and will freshen your breath naturally.
Wear only scented natural oils from citrus mint, lavender, or vanilla to calm any anxieties you have about suspicious odors. Make sure you’re not allergic to them.

Together, we can change the world, one smelly person at a time...Let us make this world a better, body odor free place

This post has been written for the Indiblogger contest sponsored by Racold Instant Water Heaters

1 comment:

Khushboo Motihar said...

An informative and a well researched post. All the best for the contest :)