Monday, April 7, 2014

Body Odor Support Networks

There are an innumerable  amount of people who are suffering from an odor affliction. Yet, there are not that many outlets that have a place where you can connect with people who are going through the same issues as you. I wanted to provide links to websites that I consider insightful and helpful for finding an answer. Moreover, you might discover what is the root of your problem as to why you smell, and how you can fix it. If there is any other body odor forums that you know of,  please comment and put the link in your message so I can put it in the post as well.


My Tummy Tantrum

My Tummy Tantrum is a blog that is created by a man named Jordin. And he creates his blogs that helps people who feel that leaky gut syndrome is their problem concerning their odor

TMAU Forum

This forum is self-explanatory, I don't really go on to this website because I don't have TMAU

Breath and Body Odour

I have been somewhat active on this forum a couple of years ago.  I do feel that this forum is a great place to talk about  any type of odor afflictions that you suffer from like  TMAU, bad breath, or unknown conditions that cause you to smell rancid. The only draw back to this forum is that it is not as active as it used to be.

Leaky Gas/Incontinence/Odor

This is a site that was mainly focused on IBS problems, but they have a specific section for people who suffer from "leaky gas". I'm assuming that they are similar to people who suffer from fecal body odor. The forum look pretty active so I suggest anyone who thinks they suffer from a unknown fecal smell to go and check this forum out.

CureZone

Curezone is the common place I visit to read stories,  receive advice, or reply to people . I would say that this forum is one of the most active body odor forums, and there are years worth of information  from people who tried numerous products that have failed them. But, there are also many messages of people who have found remedies to combat their odor. So you'll find good and bad things located on this forum.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

How to stop emotional eating


I am a big believer in dieting. And I think dieting is  the best remedy thus far to ward off any potential odors coming from your body. But, I am an emotional eater and this habit clashes with any potential success I have with staying on a diet. I am pretty sure there are other people out there who feel the same way. Who really want to stick on a diet that will possibly diminish their odor. However, since they receive comfort through food it is hard to give up on their eating lifestyle because they are also giving up on their biggest stress reliever. So with that, people who depend  heavily on comfort eating will have a extremely difficult time to transition into longterm dieting. I think the best way to remedy these bad habits is to find  alternative solutions that relieve your stress or make you capable of controlling your emotional eating. You see, emotional eating is a coping mechanism that soothes negative emotions like stress, anger, fear, boredom, sadness, and loneliness. There are many life stressors that trigger an emotional hunger like unemployment, financial pressures, health problems, relationship conflicts, work stress, or fatigue. But if you are anything like me the major problem is the stress you get from being around people. The disappointment you receive when people talk behind your back or mock you. This burden that we have causes greater stress which might compel us to go onto binge eating. Moreover, people who binge eat uses the food  as an distraction because focusing on comfort food  distracts you from all of your painful situations.

Learn Stress Management
Now there are positive ways to counteract these negative habits that are harming us. Some ways to control your emotional hunger is by utilizing stress management techniques.Some helpful stress management techniques include avoiding unnecessary stress, altering the situation, adapting to the stressor, accepting the things you can't change, making time for fun and relaxation, and adopting a healthier lifestyle. For more information on useful stress management techniques visit this blog
This is a great video describing ways to relieve stress


Recognize the Problem
Another helpful technique is to recognize what is causing your emotional hunger. The common causes for it have to deal with stress, repressed emotions, boredom , the  feeling of emptiness, etc. . When you are in a moment where you feel like you need some type of comfort food  to make you feel better (i.e: chocolate, pizza, ice cream, hamburgers), ask yourself what is causing me to want these types of foods. Is the desire for these foods caused by the stress I'm dealing with? the loneliness I'm experiencing? the frustration I'm having with people? Knowing the exact cause that is compelling you to become emotionally hungry and acknowledging that it is not real hunger can allow you to bypass an emotional hunger incident.
This is a thorough analysis on emotional eating


Know the Differences
Some times people can't understand the difference between emotional hunger and actual hunger. If you learn how to distinguish between the two you will be able to pry yourself from any emotional hunger situations. One way to tell if you're emotionally hungry or not is through the hunger pains. Emotional hunger is an instant urge to eat food while stressed whereas  physical hunger comes to you gradually. There are other ways to determine if your hunger is an emotional one or a physical one, I have created this chart so you can see the differences between the two hungers. By observing the chart you see the emotional hunger outcomes are on the left and the physical hunger is on the right.

Emotional Hunger v.s. Physical Hunger
The Hunger Responses
Emotional hunger is a sudden needPhysical hunger is a gradual response
The Need for Satiation
Emotional hunger needs to fulfilled immediately Physical hunger can be postponed
The Yearning for Foods
Emotional hunger craves for comfort foodsPhysical hunger can be satisfied with a variety of foods
Never Satisfied
Emotional hunger will never be satisfied even having a full stomach Physical hunger pains cease when you are physically full
The Emotional Consequence
After indulging in emotional eating you have feelings of guilt and shameYou have no ill feelings after satiating you physical hunger

Hunger Journal
This next option has been mentioned before in another post I wrote about concerning food. In any case,  another way to cope with emotional eating is to have a journal to write in to. But in this case you should try to write  in one that is designated to your  cases of emotional hunger. Writing down what you ate, when you ate it, how much you ate, and  what were you feeling when you ate it will track down what type of food  you eat when you are in a certain mood. In addition, writing in a journal is great stress reliever and  this can reveal to you what exactly is putting you in a bad mood.


Emotional Support 
IS A MUST
Family and friends can provide emotional support if you need it. Sometimes talking with someone that can relate to you or understand your problems will be beneficial in the long run because it will alleviate any built up stress you may have. If you don't have any emotional support there are a lot of forums on the internet that you can lean on or  go to for support. Two websites that I can think of off the top of my head is curezone and breath and body odor forum . If you're anything like me, your family always states that they cannot smell you  and believe that you are exaggerating your situation. That's why it is very necessary to have close emotional friends that can relate to you or at least understand where you are coming from.

When Boredom or Stress Strikes
Boredom can be  the ultimate emotion that may lead you into binge eating whatever you want. You always hear cases of people constantly eating snacks  like potato chips or cookies  while watching television because there is nothing else to do. Or situations where  you continuously eat a carton of ice cream until you eat through the whole container without even noticing. In order to avert that, keep yourself busy by doing interesting things like watching a movie, taking a walk, playing a game, etc.  A great way to prevent yourself from boredom is to write down 10 fun things or hobbies you love to do, so when boredom strikes you can easily move into those hobbies. I can testify that playing videogames and listening to music are some of main sources of my entertainment that will drive boredom away.


Don't Tempt Yourself
Trying to get off a bad habit of emotional eating is  already burdensome. Yet, attempting to avoid comfort food when its encompassing you is even more arduous. Make it a mission to remove any temptations of comfort food from your house, work area, or any place that you visit regularly. Creating an easier environment for you to succeed will help you in the long run. In addition, if you have a strong need to eat something in between meals because you feel a little hungry. There's nothing wrong with eating a little snack, but make sure that it's a healthy snack ( ex. baby carrots, grapes, apples, celery).


Don't Beat Yourself Up
Finally,  if you do have one of those days where you are driven into temptation and you are about to eat something that you know you are going to regret later on. Try to put off  that urge for 5 minutes, and within this moment of resistance ask yourself how are you feeling and how can you you fulfill this need in a healthier way? However, if you do give in to those urges do not beat yourself up over it. Just try to recognize what caused you to slip into that habit. So then next time you can learn how to avoid that circumstance again.







References
Mayo Clinic Staff(2013) Weight Loss: Gain control of emotional eating. Retrieved from http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/weight-loss/MH00025

Melinda Smith(2013)Emotional Eating. Retrieved from  http://www.helpguide.org/life/emotional_eating_stress_cravings.htm

Melinda Smith M.A(2013)Stress Management.Retrieved from  http://www.helpguide.org/mental/stress_management_relief_coping.htm 

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

How to stay on a diet longterm

         
Diets are hard to keep, trust me  I KNOW

             Dieting is a big factor when it comes to  decreasing your body odor.  Many people have stated that they've  reduced their odor  through   a restrictive diet.  I have read many testimonials about  people  "curing" themselves from their odor condition or they would stop their odor completely after they have tried a certain diet. I'm not really speculating on if their certain diets work , but if these people really were "cured" when they stuck to a diet for that short time period.  I know diets do a play a factor because the times when I did not smell bad to people was at the time I ate  a certain type of diet. But whenever I stopped  the diet, I've noticed that I started to smell or get the same reactions like I did before. I honestly feel that a lot people who's odors are diet related cannot be cured through a few months of dieting. I feel that the odor will only come back after a short while and then they will have to start the diet over again.

         In addition, I do feel that a lot of people who did control their diet for a time, can never stay on the diet long term. According to WebMD, people  generally  only last on a diet for about six months until they regress back into their old eating lifestyle. More importantly people who have stricter diets that stray away from their normal eating patterns tend to last less than six months with their restrictive diet. This is a very important fact to note because if your odor is affected by what you eat, then that means there's a good chance that you will not be able to rid your odor. Or have a good control over your condition for good. In order to prevent your diet from failing you have to be aware  of things to avoid and implement so that  you can stay on  a diet long term. First  and foremost, we have to figure what is causing us to  lose track of our diets, and  how can we prevent it from happening. Secondly, I want to touch  on what  causes us to eat food that we know are bad for us and how we can avoid  that as well.

Tips for staying on your Diet






Tip 1: Too strict for longterm
         According to professionals  The major cause of diet failure  is having a  restrictive diet. When you start off with a diet that is very difficult to keep up with . The chances of  you  making it  a longterm habit  is low. This is really important to remember  because most of us who get into diets that are supposed to reduce our odor, are eating foods  that are unfamiliar to us. Its not the fact that eating food that is new  to you is going to regress you into failure, but it is the straying away from the common foods you eat that increases the chance of failure. A recommendation to keep your diet  on track is to  choose a diet that  has common foods you eat day to day  because the diets that last are the diets that require little change.

Tip 2: Don't live in temptation
        When we don't  change our environments like we change our diets we tend to fall off our diets.  Whenever we get into a new diet there  are always environmental factors that will make us fall into temptation. For example,  you might live with a family  and there will be a lot of troubling food that can  cause you to relapse from your diet. Or you might be hanging out with your friends at  some type of eatery , and things they order make you so envious and tempted to order the same thing. To be successful on your diet you need to create diet friendly environment at your home or workplace.  A great tip  is to try and  get support from your family and friends. To remove the temptation wherever you can, and stock your kitchen with the recommended  food you want to eat.

Tip 3: Food Journalist
         A great recommendation that can  keep you on your diet is to keep track of your diet. Experts have said that self-monitoring is the best way to to instill  the habit of keeping your diet in order. Keeping track of your progress  by writing down your weight and the food you ate can  be beneficial because  you will be able to see the improvements you have made through out your journey. Say for example, that on a particular day you smelled really bad but you did not know what was the cause of it. With your food journal  you will be able   to narrow down the foods that might cause you to smell because you will know the common foods you have eaten that never caused you to smell.
This is a great video about staying on a diet that I think people will enjoy

Tip 4: Baby Steps
         Taking baby steps while getting into your diet is an awesome way to create a long term habit. Ease yourself into  the diet little by little, by slowly bringing in  the type of foods that you need  or want to have as your ideal diet. Lets just say for example you want to have more  greens in your diet, or better yet, you want to become a complete vegetarian. Maybe you should just start off with having a salad for one  meal everyday .Then after seven days  include  a salad for  two different meals instead of one everyday. Slowly but surely keep increasing the amount of greens in your diet,   until the preferred foods you want to eat have become a part of your normal diet. Then later on  diminish the the type of food that is bad for you or that is  causing you to smell.

Tip 5: Give a little reward
        Something else you can implement to keep your diet into  longevity is to reward yourself every time you have achieved any goal that you set for your  diet. For example, lets say that your goal was to stay on a diet for a month without any cheating done.  If you have accomplished this feat, you should reward yourself with a little something . Maybe treating yourself to a movie, or shopping, or some fun activity. It can be any small reward, except food!

Tip 6: Spice things up
         Eating a continuous  diet with the same  meals throughout  the day. Can get boring, and may revert you back to your old diet. In order to prevent that you should try and change  things up by eating  food seasonally.  Meaning, you should try different foods  every season. Try different seasonings that  you can add  to your foods. Or change your normal breakfast meals to your dinner meals and vice versa.  Do anything to break out the  mundane routine.
Eating the same things day after day  is going to get boring. 
Therefore, you should strive to diversify your eating choices


Tip 7: Going on vacation has the ability to  relapse you back into your old ways 
    Vacation can steer your commitment to your diet in the wrong direction. Simply because you are on your vacation to relax from work so you feel the same way about relaxing from your diet.  The way you can prevent yourself from going back into relapse is to plan ahead on what you are going to bring on your vacation. And if you are going to indulge  in some of the  bad foods, indulge in them wisely

Tip 8:  Indulging in  social events 
         If you participate in a lot of social events like weddings, barbeques,  tailgating, or  birthday parties. And you are trying to stay on track of your diet. There is a good chance that there will be  a myriad of tempting food that can knock you off your diet goals. The best option to carry out so you won't be persuaded by the delicious, yet harmful , eatery is to eat before  you go to that social event. When you go to those social  events with a partial or extreme hunger those temptations are going to be a lot harder to sidestep and avoid.  So in order to counter act these alluring evils is to satiate your hunger before even arriving at the event. 

Tip 9: When you are stressed out
         If you are an emotional eater like me, then  when you are having a really stressful day you want to satisfy yourself with something sweet,  chocolatey, and heavy.  However, you know that by doing this in the end will create even more problems for you. Simple ways to avoid emotional eating is  to apply  stress relieving exercises like deep breathing, meditation, walking, talking to a loved one, etc.. Another option you can   do is to get more sleep. It has been stated that people who are  chronically sleep deprived tend to  feel hungrier. Therefore, getting 7-9 hours of sleep may help you out in the end

References

Kathleen M.  Zelman(2013) How to stay on a diet. Retrieved from http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/how-to-stay-on-a-diet

Marissa Lippert()How to Keep your diet on track. Retrieved from http://www.womansday.com/health-fitness/diet-weight-loss/how-to-keep-your-diet-on-track-107826

Angela Hupt(2011)How to stay on a diet to lose or maintain weight. Retrieved from http://health.usnews.com/best-diet/articles/2011/06/06/how-to-stay-on-a-diet-to-lose-or-maintain-weight

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Can Probiotics Reduce Body Odor?


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            I've seen countless stories of  people using probiotics to try and combat their odor. In addition, I    heard stories from some of them  affirming that the probiotics relieved their odor. This  made me start to  wonder  if probiotics  has any  correlation with the treatment of body odor. I can  recall a point in time when I used probiotics,  and at that time I saw less reactions from people than if I didn't use them. However,  I was doing a lot of other things to  prevent myself from smelling bad (ex. diet, exercise, supplements). But the question still remains, can probiotics alone be able to relieve any type of body odor? And  if it does, how does   it treat the odor? Well from what I researched  probiotics are   live microorgansims that are similar  to  the beneficial bacteria  that is found in the intestinal tract. Probiotics is said to help us in two ways. One way is that it keeps the  tract healthy by filtering out the harmful bacteria.
                                             Here is a video that explains how probiotics effect the body
       And the second way it impacts our health is by strengthening the immune system.  A healthy intestinal microflora  is said to aid in digestion, synthesizing  nutrients, metabolizing medications, and sustaining the healthy environment in the gut. However,  when the beneficial bacteria in  the digestive tract starts to dwindle it increases the chances of digestive issues, infections, and other illnesses. According to  an article that  was posted on  livestrong.com "When the flora in your intestinal tract is out of balance, this can lead to body odor"(Linda Tarr Kent,2011). So there is some supposed information that states that having  an out of balance flora can lead to body odor.


       Yet, I couldn't find any other article backing that information up that is a more credible source.  Probiotics are known to  treat intestinal conditions like diarrhea, inflammatory bowel disease, irritable bowel syndrome,  vaginal infections, and  skin infections. Yet, I have never read any article from a  medical website stating that it can rid your body of
bromhidrosis or fecal body odor.  It's still unknown that probiotics can relieve body odor , I have recorded some  articles where people stated that it helped relieve their body odor/bad breath.  The only thing that is certain is that it's proven alleviate digestive disorders



                                                        References
Linda Tarr Kent(2011)Different types of probiotics for body odor. Retrieved from http://www.livestrong.com/article/285959-different-types-of-probiotics-for-body-odor/
Brian Conoll(2011)Probiotics for bromhidrosis. Retrieved from http://www.livestrong.com/article/549620-probiotics-for-bromhidrosis/
WebMD(2013)Probiotics Overview. Retrieved from http://www.webmd.com/digestive-disorders/tc/probiotics-topic-overview
MedicineNet(2013)Probiotics.Retrieved from http://www.medicinenet.com/probiotics/page2.htm

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Safe Foods


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Safe foods is a post that's  all about the foods that you are allowed to eat with other diets that are suppose to reduce your odor. Many of us do not know what's wrong with us, some believe that they might have some type of candida infection, while others might believe that they might have TMAU. But most of us don't know what's wrong with us so we try different diets to see  which one will eliminate their odor. This is why I made up the safe foods post, so you can  be able eat within the  guidelines of  multiple diets, therefore,  have a better chance at reducing your odor whether it was the cause of candida, TMAU, bacteria overgrowth, or some type of food  malabsorption.



Note:
Information about the amount of choline in food is taken from 
http://caloriecount.about.com/



FoodCandidaTMAUFODMAPAlkalineAnti-InflammatorySIBO
Almonds YN YYYY
AppleN 4.3N YYY
Bok Choy YNYYYY
BroccoliY31.3N YYY
Brown RiceY18YN YY
Brussel SproutsY28.1N YYY
CabbageY9.52N YYY
CarrotsY11.3YYYY
CauliflowerY24.2N YYY
CeleryY7.3YYYY
ChardY6.5YYYY
CranberriesY6.1N YYY
CucumberY3.1YYYY
Flax seedsYN YYYY
GrapefruitN9.9YYYY
Green BeansY21.1N YYY
Green OnionsY9.8N YYY
Hazel NutsY6.4YN YY
KaleYYN YYY
KelpY1.3YYYY
KiwifruitN 7.7YYYY
KumquatY19.1YYYY
LeeksY8.5N YYY
LemonsY3YYYY
LimesY3.4YYYY
OlivesY0.9YN YY
OrangesN 15.1YYYY
RaspberriesY15.1N YYY
SpinachY5.4YYYY
Sweet PotatoesY26.2YYYY
Turnip greensY0.4YYYY
StrawberriesN 8.7N YYY
GarlicYN N YYY
PineappleN 8.5N YYN
GrapesN 5.2N YYN
BlueberriesN 8.7YN YY
CantaloupeN N N YYY
AvocadoN YN YYY
GuavaN 6.8N N YY
PapayaN 8.5N YYY
CherriesN N N YYY
Collard greensYN N YYY
Fennel bulbYN N YYY
Shiitake mushroomsN N N YYY
Winter squashYYN N YY
MulberriesN N N N YY
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Sunday, March 11, 2012

Can constipation cause body odor?


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               has nothing to do with  constipation, but body odor

                       What is constipation and what are the causes?

Constipation is when you lack the ability of having 2-3 bowel movements a week. Or it's  when you make a bowel movement, 25% of the time, you have to strain, you defecate hard stools, or have incomplete evacuations. It's considered healthy to make 1-3 bowel movements daily so striving for that type of regularity should be your goal if you suffer from it. Constipation is not necessarily a dangerous disorder; however,  leaving constipation untreated can cause discomforting symptoms like  abdominal pain, swollen abdomen, vomiting,  skin problems, hemorrhoids, infrequent bowel movements, bad breath,  and of course body odor. There are many reasons why some people become constipated, the common causes of constipation are a lack of fiber, inadequate  fluid intake, little to no exercise, over-consumption of dairy products, and preventing yourself from making bowel movements. But for some people who have constipation, this problem may be caused by diseases and disorders like hypothyroidism, hemorrhoids, colon cancer, neurological conditions( like Parkinson's disease), metabolic disorder, and a host of other disorders


              Here is good diagram that shows what it looks like when your are continually constipated


                                  Can constipation cause BO?

Yes, constipation can cause BO. Think about it, the most efficient way to eliminate toxins from your  body is through emptying your bowels. If this process of elimination gets slowed down or gets clogged up in the colon . The result of this will cause a number of problems like a polluted environment in the colon, the neutralization of the beneficial bacteria in your gut, and constant inflammation in your intestines. Not only that, since your primary method of elimination  has been hindered, the toxins will be discharged through other pathways of your body like your urine, breath, skin, and sweat.

                                             Solutions

There are many different solutions that can  end   your constipation. These methods should work for most people, unless you have a more serious case, then you should consult your doctor(well you should always talk to your doctor). Anyways, here are the methods used to treat constipation.
  • Fiber( 25-30mg): There are two different types of fiber, Soluble fiber and Insoluble fiber.  Both of these fibers help with constipation because soluble fiber absorbs the water that is in the intestines, thus making the stools larger and easier to pass through the intestines. While insoluble fiber adds bulk to your stools which results in a faster  transit time  through your colon. Fiber can be found in many fruits, vegetables, and grains. Some people have trouble digesting certain grains or vegetables because of  food intolerances , if you have  similar problems then maybe you should try synthetic fibers(example: fiber capsules, fiber tablets, fiber gummies).
  • Magnesium(250-500mg): Taking magnesium is essential for anyone who's suffering from constipation because magnesium has the ability to make  a smoother   pathway for the bowels  to go through the intestines and it also  attracts water into the intestines which makes the stools much softer and easier to pass for a movement.
  • Drink  8-10 glasses of water ( 2 liters): It's sort of common sense that if your stools are hard, sticky, and dry. Then, you might be lacking the sufficient amount of water intake for your body to eliminate waste properly. Adding more fluids into your diet can make your stools much softer and smoother to pass through  your system.
  • Exercise: The most responsive type of exercise that can help with constipation is aerobic exercise( running, jogging, dancing, walking, etc.). Exercise can help end constipation because it  accelerates   your heart rate and simultaneously stimulates the contraction of intestinal muscles,  which in turn moves the stools out quicker.
  • Probiotics: Is said to aid  with digestion because of the beneficial bacteria  like lactobacillus acidophilus or bifidobacterium animalis. These types of bacteria strengthen the immune system and also alleviate any other stomach disorders including constipation. Researchers have found that the bacteria bifidobacterium animalis greatly reduced the transit time for people who suffered from constipation
  • Enemas: This is one of the last things I will ever try, but enemas are a good solution for those of you whose stools are constantly hard and dehydrated. Enemas can  soften and lubricate the impacted feces that have  been accumulating on your intestinal walls, which consequently, will manifest a larger and quicker bowel movement
  • Colon cleansing: Is such a broad topic. There are many different methods and products that are associated with colon cleansing like herbal medicine, dieting, fasting, etc.. The main components that these methods have in common is fiber and some type of laxative that loosens your stool.There are a lot of products online that say their product is the best way to cleanse your colon. But in reality, all you need is psyllium husk, magnesium, and a good amount of fiber rich foods in your diet to see the results of  an expensive colon cleansing product.
  • Colonic irrigation: This is considered another word for colon cleanse and it's definitely a more extreme method of an enema. But don't worry, colonic irrigation is a completely safe procedure. The reason it is more vehement is for the fact that gallons of liquid is being pumped into your colon, whereas an enema is only small amount of liquid.
  • Surgery: This is only my opinion so don't put your life decisions on my belief, however;   I feel that surgery should be a last option for most  people. Unless you tried every method that I mentioned above, and to avail your constipation still hasn't ended. At that time  I would recommend getting surgery, especially if you're suffering from anal fistulas or fissures.

                                              References
http://www.webmd.com/digestive-disorders/digestive-diseases-constipation
http://constipationdoctor.com/main-causes-of-bad-breath-in-adults/
http://www.colon-cleanse-information.com/chronic-constipation.html
http://www.enzymestuff.com/rtencopresis.htm
http://www.health911.com/constipation
http://ezinearticles.com/?Body-Odor-and-Constipation:--Whats-the-Big-Stink-About?&id=252424
 http://www.poopdoc.com/articles/constipationandprobiotics.html
 http://www.everydayhealth.com/digestive-health/enemas-for-constipation-relief.aspx

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Activated Charcoal and Body Odor


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                                  What is Activated Charcoal?
              Activated charcoal is  a remedy that is commonly used for the  detoxification of food poisoning or exposure from toxic material. The use of this remedy has been  dated back to the  1500 B.C.  and during that time  it was used  to treat flatulence, indigestion,  and vomiting. Currently, Activated Charcoal is now  used to help poisonous bites, kidney/liver dialysis, water purification, pink eye, cancer, and the list goes on. But for this post, I am focusing on  its  capability to prevent bad breath and body odor by  binding the bad bacteria and toxins  that can cause illness.


                       How does Activated Charcoal stop body odor?
       AC has the ability to adsorb toxic odors because it has been put through a process where the charcoal is heated and steamed  to about 1000 o degrees. This process makes the particles of the AC very porous, which results in the activated charcoal  having a sponge-like effect that can trap gases and odors. By adsorbing these toxic agents, activated charcoal prevents these toxins from entering the bloodstream, therefore preventing toxicity or odor. Ordinary charcoal does have similar abilities in binding toxic material, but it is very limited to AC's capability and using the charcoal that is normally used for grilling is highly unrecommended.

                 
                                 Activated Charcoal  side effects
            Now with all the positive things that it is able to do, activated charcoal does have some side effects like constipation if you keep using it for a long period of time. And you will definitely see your bowel movements start to become darker because of AC's black color. Other side effects that are rare in most cases is vomiting, diarrhea, allergic reactions, and nausea.


                           Guidelines for Activated Charcoal
  • Do not take AC with medications or food because they will be adsorbed 
  • If you take it in powder form, add 1-2 tablespoons in a pint of water and stir it
  • Whatever form you take it in, it is recommended to take it 2-3 times a day
  • To avoid the hindrance of its effectiveness, take it 1-2 hours before or after every meal or medicine

                                               My final verdict
From my experience, AC has worked a little for keeping my body odor down. I have only tried it once so I don't have too much experience with it. There are  a lot of different AC products that you can use other than taking tablets like AC soap and shampoo or AC socks and even underwear! So if you are looking for a product that prevents odorous  gases that are uncontrollably leaking out of your body, then  I would suggest you to try giving Activated charcoal a shot



         Here's a video that will show  you how activated charcoal works in the body


Here's another video explaining the health benefit of using Activated Charcoal. The video is a little bit corny, but it's still informative
Medical Uses of Activated Charcoal from Faydra Jones on Vimeo.


                                             Online Shopping:
You can  pretty much buy Activated Charcoal at your nearest Organic grocery store or Vitamin/Supplement shop. But, if you can't find it anywhere in your vicinity then you can  buy online from these sources

            


       




If you have any experience about trying activated charcoal please comment!