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Friday, 8 March 2013

Body Odour?? Say NO NO!

Good day, readers!

Here comes Lolol! Lolol is back! Welcome to Bhealthy.Bgood segment. Sorry for the very long hiatus, guys. I hope it’s not too late for me to congratulate our 1st year students for finishing their first semester. More challenges that you guys have to face later, so keep strong ‘kay. Also, all the best and good luck to all 3rd year student for their end of posting exams.

As the name implied, Bhealthy.Bgood segment always touch more on health and quality of life. Unlike my previous entries which focus on Bhealthy part, this entry will focus on Bgood part. Hehe. Today’s entry title is Ways to Reduce Body Odor.  

I bet everybody have same experience when you somehow feel you’re smelly. That down your confidence level, right? You might also have peers who have this kind of problem but they didn’t know how to get rid of it.

Most of us think that sweat is the cause of body odor. Actually, sweat, on its own, is odorless. Sweat is produced by two different glands, eccrine and apocrine glands. Eccrine glands, which found in most of exposed areas of body, excrete sweat consisting water and electrolytes. This sweat evaporate quickly and leaving the skin dry. Thus, it does not attract odor-producing bacteria. Meanwhile, apocrine glands, located in groin, feet and armpit, produce sweat that contains protein. This protein attracts bacteria, for it to be digested and expelled as highly aromatic fatty acids, which give bad odor. Now that we know the actual cause, treating it won’t be a much problem! :D So, here are the tips:

1. Take bath
                Bathing will wash away the bacteria, and thus giving no chance for them to expel some odor.

2. Use Anti-bacterial soap
                Anti-bacterial soap helps to reduce the number of bacteria in the body, thus reducing the body odor. Wash thoroughly, especially the areas that prone to sweat a lot.

3. Dry yourself completely
                After you had shower, towel off your body and make sure you dry your body completely. It’s difficult for bacteria to breed on dry skin.

4. Apply powder
                Talcum powder can keep our body dry.

5. Use clean wardrobe
                If you’re sweating a lot, make sure to change your clothes often. Fresh clothes will make your body odor down.

6. Use deodorants or antiperspirants
                Deodorants do not prevent sweating but they can mask the smell of the bacteria on your skin. Meanwhile, antiperspirants reduce sweating and contain a deodorant.

7. Air out your shoes
                Make sure you let your shoes air out after you use it for at least 24 hours before you wear it again. Try to have at least 2 shoes, so that you don’t have to wear the same shoes every day.   

8. Change your socks frequently
                Be sure to change your socks often if you tend to have foot odor. Try to use socks that made up from propylene, which is one of the best materials that have absorbent effects. (It’s a new information for me actually..will try to take a look at the sock material after this..kekeke)

9. Some foods make you smell bad
Here are the lists:
                                 i.            Processed and junk food
                               ii.            Foods that containing large amount of spices & garlics
                              iii.            Food eaten in a hurry
                             iv.            Foods rich in choline such as egg and liver
                               v.            Red meat

So, for those who think they have this problem, I wish you guys good luck on trying these tips. And for those who their friends have this problem, you may try to tell them these tips. Some of them might not realize that they have bad odor, so it’s our job as a friend to inform them. So, to my friends who know me, if I’m smelly, please tell me ‘kay..kekeke. :D

Oh! By the way, it has been 3 months since Girls’ Generation made their comeback with I GOT A BOY but I still enjoy hearing and singing it every day. Ayo GG! Hehe. Motip Lolol ni nak cerita pasal Girls’ Generation jugak kan. Hahahaha

Until we meet again, bye-bye!

Lots of love,



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