While our bodies are amazing machines, housing the organs and conducting the processes that keep us alive and flourishing, they are also capable of producing some annoying and occasionally embarrassing effects. Whether you've been struggling with an embarrassing body concern for quite some time now, or one has suddenly arisen seemingly out of nowhere, there is always a reason as to why your body behaves as it does and methods of remedying the situation.
1. Body Odor
Do you smell something funky around you and you're wondering what the heck it is? Oh, wait—maybe it's you. Body odor is something many of us experience at one point or another, and it can be caused by a multitude of things. If you're smelling a bit stinky after working out, the easy resolution to this is to simply take a shower and get rid of the odor-causing bacteria that has occurred due to excessive sweating. However, if you're sitting still and smell an unpleasant aroma, it might be a good idea to examine your diet. Spicy foods or cruciferous vegetables like broccoli emit sulfuric compounds when they break down; therefore, when they make their way through your bloodstream and out into your sweat, urine or breath, they can produce an unpleasant odor, according to WebMD Caffeinated or alcoholic beverages may also contribute to odor.
Dr. Oz recommends applying apple cider vinegar to the area that is producing the odor, like your underarms. Apple cider vinegar can reduce your skin's pH level, which can help discourage bacteria from causing odor and stinking up the place. Witch hazel is another option to try, as it works just like apple cider vinegar at lowering pH and odor-causing bacteria. If you notice an unusual odor or suspect you might have an underlying condition causing your odor issue, visit your doctor.
Sweat and odor often go hand in hand, as sweat is usually what contributes to odor, but when you are experiencing excessive sweating with no noticeable things that could be causing it—such as exercise or anxiety, for example—this can be an embarrassing problem. There can be a variety of other causes for excessive sweating, or hyperhidrosis, ranging from stress to endocrine and thyroid disorders and other issues, so it's advisable to visit your doctor for a proper diagnosis.
The first and most popular way to combat excessive sweating is by using antiperspirant. If your problem is sweaty palms or feet, however, applying some talcum powder or baking soda to the affected area can help soak up sweat. Also, drinking sage tea may be able to provide benefits by calming nerve fibers that produce sweat, according to New York Magazine. In addition to body odor, your diet can also play a part in sweating. Cut back on spicy or processed foods along with soda and sugary beverages. More severe sweating issues may require medications or surgery.
3. Burping and/or Flatulence
Belching or passing gas in public is something that has happened to many of us on accident, whether we'd like to admit it or not. When you burp, it signifies that your body is trying to release excess air from your stomach; passing gas is a sign that there is a significant gas buildup in your colon. How that gas got there is another issue on its own, and there are many factors that can contribute to it. Consuming carbonated drinks, eating too quickly and chewing gum are several things that can cause you to suck down more air than normal and start burping. Eating fatty foods and improper digestive function can play a part in causing flatulence.
To prevent a gas overload in your body, you can try eating your food more slowly and cutting out foods like beans, broccoli, hard candy and milk products, to name a few. Stop drinking soda and chewing gum, and also reduce your intake of high-fiber foods since they can contribute to gas buildup. In addition, the Mayo Clinic recommends moving around after you eat in order to promote proper intestinal movement of foods and a reduction in gas.
4. Bad Breath
The occasional instance of halitosis can occur to anyone at anytime, depending on their diet and other factors. If you—or someone else—notices a stench emanating from your mouth, there are several things to consider. Did you eat a highly offensive food, such as garlic or onions? Are you slacking a bit in the dental hygiene department? If none of these apply to your situation, there could be another reason halitosis is happening. Certain medications and conditions like liver disease, diabetes, bronchitis and acid reflux can cause bad breath. If you have excellent dental hygiene and can rule out your diet as a cause of halitosis, you should check with your doctor for a proper diagnosis.
Snacking on raw vegetables like carrots and celery can help clear your mouth of any debris or substances that may be causing odor, says WebMD. In addition, drinking plenty of water and cutting back on alcohol, coffee and smoking are good ways to promote better breath. Dr. Oz suggests trying fish oil supplements, though it may seem like they would only intensify your halitosis. The omega-3s can contribute to lowering inflammation and knocking out any bacteria in your mouth that may harbor odor. Magnolia bark extract, which is often found in toothpastes and mints, may also be able to kill oral bacteria. Sipping a cup of black tea might also be able to provide some benefits, as its high antioxidant content can discourage plaque and bacteria buildup on your teeth and gums.
Our bodies are amazing, but they can do some pretty embarrassing things at times. Fortunately, there are ways to minimize the embarrassment we feel and remedy the issues. If you are experiencing any severe or unusual symptoms related to the health concerns above, you should visit your doctor right away. Otherwise, we hope these natural recommendations are able to provide some relief.
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