Why do we smell?
Did you know that sweat doesn’t smell!? It is the bacteria on our skin that causes the sweat glands to release a smell. These smells are triggered by the apocrine glands which are our scent glands, and smells are released when we feel emotions, when we exercise, and detox. It is no wonder why armpits are the perfect environment for bacteria, creating a smell, and the reason for the 72.7-billion-dollar a year deodorant industry.
The integumentary system is made up of skin, hair, nails, and exocrine glands. Skin is by far the largest organ in the body and its primary design is to act as a barrier to protect the body from the outside world. However, more importantly, it also functions to retain body fluids, eliminate waste, and regulate body temperature.
Our skin functions in detox through our sweat glands and sweat is important to detox because it carries waste away from the body. Along for the ride in this process is the bacteria on our skin and the culprit in creating odor.
Although smells can come from lack of proper hygiene because the bacteria on our skin builds up, the biggest part of smell is also what we eat, and it has a lot to do with detox. Ever smell garlic on someone even though they didn’t eat garlic in front of you? That is because our body digests foods and then tiny compounds are released through the pores of the skin. It’s the function of processing the food for nutrients, sending it through the body, either to be used or gotten rid of… detoxification process!
So, let’s help our body:
1. Eating clean foods that have little to no processing will significantly improve your smell, think whole foods.
2. *Detoxing your armpits, getting rid of that bad bacteria is key. Switching to a better deodorant, one that doesn’t contain aluminum (that is for another blog) and allowing the body to properly detox. *Detox your armpits video to come.
3. Drink lots of water. A total of half your body weight in ounces to be exact. So, if I weigh 140 lbs. then half is 70 ounces, or 7 -- 10 oz glasses.
Keep clean and eat whole foods! A great way to smell a little less.
Sarah Eno, NTP