You may have been told that ginger is one of the foods you should avoid if you want to fight body odor. But this may not be further from the truth, as ginger, combined with other healthy foods can help you fight body odor once and for all.
Ginger is a spicy root that originated in Asia, but because of its health benefits, and other culinary uses, it is cultivated in many warmer areas of the world. Fresh ginger is available year-round in most products of most grocery stores.
What Causes Body Smell
In order to understand how ginger can help you fight body odor, you need to understand what causes it in the first place. Sweat is attributed to body odor, but sweat alone cannot cause a funny smell. The reason you smell bad when you sweat is because sweat brings the toxins in your body to the surface of your skin, and therefore it is the toxins that cause the smell, not the sweat.
How Ginger Helps
Ginger is high in antioxidants that help the body release toxins so they can be eliminated. Then to help the body eliminate these toxins, ginger helps your body break into sweat, so that the toxins can be eliminated through your skin. Therefore if you are toxic, and eat ginger, you will see a temporary increase in your body odor.
So if you are going out for the evening, and you want to smell your best, then it is best not to eat ginger that day.
However, if you continue to eat ginger and avoid other toxic foods like fast foods, processed foods, foods that are high in fat and sugar, then you will start to reduce your smell. You will notice a slight increase in body odor every time you eat ginger, until your body is free of the toxins.
How to Use Ginger
One way to use ginger is to add it to your diet. You can make ginger tea, add ginger to salads and salad dressings, stir-fries and just about any dish you can think of.
You can also use grated ginger in your bath water to promote sweating and speed up the detoxification process. After the bath or shower, take some fresh ginger juice and apply it on your underarms to help neutralize toxins.