2 Tips to Help Reduce Body Odor

2 Tips to Help Reduce Body Odor
Let’s start by addressing the elephant in the room. We ALL have body odor in one way, shape or form. There is just no getting around that. The question is what is the best way to manage and reduce it?

High Fiber Foods
Fiber is something we need but it is something that just does not break down easily, if at all, in the digestive system. So, it goes without saying that high fiber foods are even worse. Once fiber enters the colon it reacts with bacteria to form gas, and, well, you know the rest of THAT story!

Cruciferous foods like broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage are good examples of high fiber foods and what happens after we eat them.

These foods contain high sulfur-containing compounds that break down into hydrogen sulfite. This is that rotten egg smell you may remember from your high school chemistry days. 

"What Can Help" - Portion Control
Now these foods have lots of health benefits so just because they can cause our body to emit odors does not mean they should not be eaten. The key is to figure out how much your body can handle at one sitting. For some people 1/4 cup is more than enough versus a whole bowl for example.

Toxins
Another reason we may have odor emanating from our bodies could be built-up toxins. This may be due to an inefficient liver.

The liver works hard to remove toxins from our blood. If the liver becomes sluggish and inefficient, these toxins can build up in other areas of the body and cause the colon and kidney to become overloaded. When the colon and kidneys are overloaded then toxin elimination through the normal process gets backed up. Our body’s next option is to secrete these toxins through our skin, the largest eliminatory organ. 

"What Can Help" - Increase Greens
Greens contain high amounts of an antioxidant called chlorophyll. Chlorophyll helps reduce body odor in several ways:

  • Neutralizes odor-causing compounds
  • Cleanses the liver of toxins allowing it to function more efficiently
  • Lightens the burden of the colon and digestive tract by supporting the liver allowing elimination to take place through the normal route instead of through the skin
Chlorophyll may also reduce harmful cholesterol levels, increase energy, promote hormone balance, provide arthritis & fibromyalgia relief and even help with weight loss.

There are many chlorophyll-rich “green” foods such as spinach, watercress, kale, chard, spirulina, alfalfa, chlorella. Try adding some of these to your next smoothie or sandwich. You can even add them to your soups and stove-top dishes. 

If adding greens to your food doesn't thrill you or a quick, easy, on-the-go route is preferred then try a supplement like this one. Any way you introduce them it all adds up to clean air from the inside out.

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Do You Feel Fully Dressed Without Nail Polish?

Do You Feel Fully Dressed Without Nail Polish?

For some people nails without nail polish is like a face without makeup.  They just do not feel fully dressed without it.  To me, however, nail polish always smells like turpentine.  How safe are they?

It may not come as a surprise that nail polish ingredients are NOT required to be FDA approved before being stocked on store shelves.  Many of these ingredients are ... among other things ... endocrine disruptors.


 Top Five Toxic Ingredients
  1. Toluene - neurological damage, impaired breathing, hearing loss, nausea, developmental impairment, reproductive damage, immune system toxicity and blood cancers
  2. Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP) - endocrine disruptor and mimics hormone estrogen in the body, causes organ damage (liver), reproduction and developmental problems
  3. Formaldehyde - considered a carcinogen (throat, nose, blood) by the National Cancer Institute; chronic health issues like asthma, convulsions, nausea, miscarriages, and abnormal fetal development.  Banned 100% in Japan and Sweden
  4. Formaldehyde Resin -  can cause severe skin irritation, allergic reactions, skin depigmentation and loss of nerve sensation
  5. Camphor - shown to trigger severe skin irritation and allergic reactions when applied topically, inhaling its fumes can cause nausea, dizziness, and headaches, organ damage....such as liver dysfunction 
"It Is Only Toxic When Wet"
Actually, a study suggests that we absorb at least one hormone-disrupting chemical per each polish application. 
TPP (Triphenyl Phosphate) ... a hormone-disrupting chemical in about 49% of 3000 polishes ...  is used to make the polish stick stronger to the nail. When TPP is metabolized the body creates DPHP (Diphenyl Phosphate).  In a study urine samples "before" polish was applied were compared to urine samples "after" the polish was applied.  There was a sharp increase after 14hrs of polish being directly applied to the nails.  This is proof that polish chemicals get absorbed long after the polish dries.

What about other types of polish?

Gel Polish
This application may require exposure to UV light, a known cancer risk.  Some are using LED light which is safer.
The removal of the gel polish is destructive to the nail plate: 
     > nails are soaked in "acetone"     
     > buffing/scraping/peeling off polish
Nails can become brittle and dry if worn for long periods.     

Powder Dip Polish
This method applies a bonding polish which acts as an adhesive for the polish. There are two different methods for powder application:
  1. nails are dipped into the powder
  2. powder is brush applied
If a common dipping bowl is used for multiple people, or a clean brush is not used for each client, there is an increased risk of bacteria, fungi and viruses.  In addition, there is a harsh removal process similar to that of gel polish damaging the nail plate.

"Non-Toxic" Polish
Non-toxic polish was first labeled "3-free".  This was an indication that the top 3 toxic ingredients had been removed. Unfortunately, they were replaced with other potentially harmful chemical.  As these chemicals became identified a new "5-free" label was introduced ... then a "7-free" ... a "10-free" and even a "13-free" non-toxic polish.  
 
The problem with these "non-toxic" polishes is that they still have that characteristic smell of polish.  These polishes can still contain "acetates" ... ethyl acetate for example ... commonly used as solvents for varnishes and lacquers.

So, if you do not want the possible effects of toxic chemicals ... but, on the other hand ... feel naked without nail polish, check out a "Water-Based" polish such as Suncoat or Kapa Nui. These contain no flammable or toxic ingredients.  

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Are Chemicals Making Me Hungry?

Are Chemicals Making Me Hungry?
One morning my husband and I were on our way to our place of worship. We had eaten a nice breakfast. We picked up a young friend to ride with us. When we arrived about 15 minutes later we dropped off our friend and then had to leave. We were having such a hard time focusing and forming our thoughts. And, even though we had eaten breakfast, we were absolutely feeling this deep, hollow pit in our stomachs!! How could we possibly be hungry?

And then, it dawned on me. We were feeling the effects of our young passenger’s perfume!

I know what you must be thinking .... “how can smelling something affect our gut?”

Consider what happens when you smell bread or an apple pie baking? Does your mouth start watering? Do you feel yourself getting hungry and wanting to eat?

The part of our brain called the hypothalamus helps control our hunger. When the hypothalamus is stimulated it signals the pancreas to release hormones to adjust the blood sugar as needed. For example, when carbohydrates are eaten the hypothalamus signals the pancreas to produce insulin to help lower the blood sugar. If blood sugar needs to be raised, glucagon is released. In turn the liver is prompted to release stored glucose.

This efficient control of blood sugar gets disrupted when someone has environmental illnesses such as MCS or Multiple Chemical Sensitivities. Due to damage from toxins such as heavy metals and free radicals those of us with these conditions may feel exaggerated brain related symptoms from high blood sugar.....a so-called “heightened” sugar sensitivity.

What comes next is the well-known “sugar crash” followed by hunger. This is exactly what we experienced and I still experience.

So, can environmental fragrances affect our gut? Absolutely!!! They are “external” stimulants just like food smells are. These can include:

  • Carpet chemicals
  • Paint
  • Mold
  • Detergents/Dryer Sheets/Cleaning Products
  • Hair/Personal Care Products
  • Perfumes/Colognes
  • New Cars/Furniture/Clothes
  • Air Fresheners
  • Herbicides/Pesticides
Everyone and their neighbor typically use lawn chemicals whether for weed or mosquito control. One summer was so bad that even though my husband ate like a horse … he still “lost” weight and he didn’t have any extra to lose.

So, can what we breathe affect our gut health? Absolutely!!

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Not Sleeping? Check Your Organ Clock......

Not Sleeping?  Check Your Organ Clock......
If you are having trouble getting to sleep, staying asleep, or staying awake during the day.....the solution may be found in your organ clock.

Perhaps you may have heard of the internal "body clock"?  Well, in oriental medicine, an organ clock is where each organ is assigned a 2 hr window and has the responsibility to promote an internal balance with the body's vital energy.  If that organ is experiencing an imbalance or overload ..... toxins or emotions ..... it can't do it's job.  As a result you may just find yourself waking up at all hours of the night.


Check Your Liver
Waking up between 1-3 in the morning?  It could just mean your liver needs some time away from the extra stressors it has been experiencing such as alcohol.  Perhaps try to reduce the exposure to unnecessary toxins.  Sometimes a mild detox may be suggested.

Deep-rooted emotions such as frustration and anger are particular stressors for the liver.  I have personally found it beneficial to apply this over the liver/gallbadder area every night.

Check Your Lungs
What if you find yourself waking between 3-5 in the morning?  This is an imbalance in your lungs....either respiratory problems or emotional disturbances that need to be let go such as grief.  There are several different approaches to clearing away emotions such as grief.  You might want to give this one a try.

Why Sleep Is So Important
Whether it is short-term or long-term.....lack of sleep definitely wreaks havoc on our body.

It can affect our ability to focus, remember, increases stress and can even increase the risk of having a car accident.

Long-term sleep deprivation affects our body in an even more profound way:
  • Increased blood pressure
  • diabetes
  • heart attack/heart failure
  • stroke
  • obesity
  • mood swings
  • decreased immunity
  • increased cortisol means premature aging of skin  
Can you see how important it is to make sure we get enough sleep?  So, the next time you wake up during the night, check your organ clock.  It just may be needing an adjustment.

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