Every now and then I get some terrible B/O. It gets so bad that bathing and deodorant do nothing to subdue the odor. Recently I have had one of the worse cases of it ever and no matter how much Axe I sprayed I was still making myself choke. Usually it’s temporary and goes away in a matter of days but not this time. This time it’s lasted for months and months.
So here is some side information:
A few months ago I actually stopped using soap to bathe. Having heard how bad it actually is in a Chris Kresser podcast, I decided to give it up. The result? I’m not sure but my body is no longer absorbing a shit ton of chemicals on a daily basis, so there is that. Eventually my GF did start complementing me on how soft my skin was. Coincidence? Maybe!
Later, after going a while without soap, I noticed my strong B/O was back. After a while of waiting for it to go away and it not, I decide to do a little research. What I read was B/O is actually bacteria feeding off your sweat and that chemicals in deodorant could actually be beneficial to the bacteria causing the smell. Now I don’t know if this is true or not but I stopped wearing deodorant the next day. Guess what happened? Nothing! I didn’t smell any better but I didn’t smell any worse either. So I continued to not wear deodorant.
I also read the the acid in coconut oil will help kill the bacteria in the arm pits. So I started applying coconut oil after every shower. Result? Coconut scented B/O!
So what made it go away?
Every since I met my beautiful, Grain Free Betty Crocker girlfriend, I have been battling with my consumption of sweets. A couple months ago I decide I had to cut out sugar and, once again, gave going sugar free a try. It lasted three days! The thing is, sometime last week, I realized that there was a short period of time, a couple months ago, when my B/O seemed to have disappeared. It made me wonder, was it that short time when I managed to go sugar free for three whole days. Now if I kept a food log like I recommend to my clients, I would know for sure but, of course, I don’t so I had to speculate. There was one way to find out for sure.
Today will be my sixth day without sugar. This morning my girlfriend said she barely smelled anything yesterday morning so I had her take a big whiff again this morning. She said I smelled even better. I then revealed to her that I didn’t shower yesterday. :-)
My body odor improved over night without a shower or deodorant. All I that I had done was continue to go sugar free.
Sugar feeds bad bacteria. Duh! I knew it had everything to do with what I was eating and nothing to do with what I was applying or not applying topically. The odor was coming out of me so of course it had to do with what was going in me.