Preventing and Controlling Body Odour

Have you ever sat near a person on a bus and you feel so sick because of the smell oozing from the person?

Have you ever being shy to stay in an enclosed place or even come close to a loved one because of your body odour?

Well on this week’s edition on health tips, we would be discussing on how to control and prevent body odour.


Body odour is defined as an unpleasant smell produced after perspiration. Also it is any strong or unpleasant smell that emanates from the body when the sweat glands are overactive. It is worthy to note that it is not the sweat that causes body odour; rather the unpleasant odour occurs when sweat mixes with bacteria.  Body odour is also known as BO, Bromhidrosis, Osmidrosis or Ozochrotia.

Sweat itself is almost odourless, but the combination of sweat with skin bacteria can produce an offensive odour.

Therefore, the formation of body odour is mainly caused by skin glands excretions and bacterial activity.

Apart from the above mentioned, body odour can be caused by several factors.

  • Various diseases: There are some diseases that cause body odour, such as TRIMETHYLAMINURIA (TMAU) –Which affect just 1 in 200,000 people. This is due to the inability of the body to properly metabolize trimethylamine which is a by-product of gut metabolism. Also advanced kidney and liver disorder which may come in form of bad breath.
  • Psychological conditions
  • Poor hygiene
  • Nutrient deficiencies.

Many say that it is the smell of the bacteria growing on the body, but the fact is that it is the result of the bacteria breaking down protein into certain acids.

Types of Acid present in Body Odour

  1. Propionic acid (propanoic acid): This is a breakdown of amino acid by propinonic bacteria.
  2. Isovaleric acid.


  1. Feet
  2. Groins
  3. Armpits
  4. Genitals
  5. Public hair etc.

Therefore to control body odour, one should follow the following tips:


  1. Bath daily: people with body odour should inculcate the habit of bathing at least twice daily especially with anti-bacterial soaps.   
  2. Use antiperspirant/deodorants
  3. Don’t wear unwashed clothes
  4. Shave often
  5. Avoid smoking
  6. Wear loose clothes to avoid trapping of sweat and moisture.
  7. Try to stay dry.


To control body odour, one should always take more water, fruits and vegetables.

USE BAKING SODA: Baking soda absorbs sweat and reduces moisture of the body.

Baking soda can be used with

  1. Lemon juice: it kills bacteria and severs as natural deodorant. It should be done mainly at bed time and not under the sun.
  2. Cornstarch
  3. Coconut oil: it has lauric acid that helps to eliminate the bacteria causing sweat with odour


Vinegar reduces the pH level of the skin. It is advised not to use any other deodorant after this.

Not only can you control body odour with the tips above, you can also prevent body odour with same tips.

With this, we have come to the end of this week’s edition of health tips. Thanks for watching.


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