About Male Body Odor: Simple Steps to a Sweet Body Smell

In many societies, people find body odors objectionable. In Japan, body odor is a sign of illness, thus, men with bad body smell were exempted from joining the force. [Stoddart 1990]

Body odor begins with the sweat produced by the apocrine glands. The sweat is largely made up of odorless water. However, the same sweat can make a person smell bad because it contains oil, which provides food for the billions of bacteria on the human skin. Thus, the offensive body odor is the result of the feeding frenzy of the billions of harmless bacteria that thrives on the oil in the human sweat.

How People Deal with a Bad Body Odor

There are various attitudes toward bad body odor. Cultures in the middle ages sprayed strong perfumes to mask body smell. Women used flowers to freshen their surroundings. Most people take a bath to remove body odors. Some people hardly care, even if they do not agree with their body odor. In London, Robert Pattinson on his bad hygiene and pungent body odor said, “it gets to the point where even I cannot stand the air around me.” [Article: Robert Pattinson on His Body Odor by Liz Barrett, Celebrity News Examiner]

However, a pungent body aroma is not going to make a man the life of the party. Nine out of ten Australians dislike bad body odor according to AAP General News, “Body Odor Least Appealing Physical Characteristic,”. Few years ago, a man was rejected from a casino in Atlantic City because of his bad body smell. The 440-pound gambler from New York City said he understands why grossed-out gamblers complained about his body odor. [Article: Gambler Ejected From Casino Due To Body Odor © Associated Press, Wjz.com]

Home Remedies to Reduce Body Odour

Body sweat has no odor of its own. It will only begin to smell bad when bacteria begins to interact with the sweat.

Most people tend to combat armpit odor with manufactured body odor products such as body sprays or deodorants. The most common product that people use is soap because of the claim that it freshens and deodorizes the skin. Others use natural remedies that are known to slow down or stop the bacteria that gives sweat its odor. Following are natural remedies to prevent body odor.

  • Bathe. A daily bath would wash away sweat in the chest, feet, groin area, and underarms, which could encourage bacterial and fungal action. One of the effective home remedies for body odor is a mixture of four to five drops of alcohol to a mug of water to rinse the armpits. Take at least two showers per day especially during hot months when one tends to sweat more.
  • Control the sweat. Since body odor begins with sweat, controlling the volume of this body secretion will help reduce body smell. Using body antiperspirant is the best way to reduce perspiration. Most antiperspirants contain an astringent called aluminum sulfate to control sweat by closing the openings of the sweat glands. Most antiperspirants can reduce body sweat, and help keep one drier and sweet smelling for the rest of the day.
  • Home remedies like baking soda and lemon can also reduce foot odor and underarm odor. Likewise, apple cider vinegar is an effective home remedy for body odor. As a deodorant, it will reduce the pH of the skin and eliminate armpit odor. Wet the cotton balls with apple cider and then rub it on the armpits to lessen excessive sweating.
  • Modify diet. Certain foods can affect the amount of sweat that one produces. The aroma of foods like meat, spices, caffeinated drinks and alcohol can be carried in the sweat, giving off an unpleasant smell. On the other hand, a diet of fruits and vegetables can inhibit bacteria and lessen bad breath and body odors. In addition, a daily supplement of about 50 milligrams of zinc can treat body odors from the inside.
  • Wear clean, comfortable clothes. Dirty tight clothes can harbor odor-causing bacteria. Tight clothing restricts the natural flow of blood and lymphatic fluid. On the other hand, loose fitting clothes allow the body to breathe better and let sweat dry faster.

One Needs Essential Body Grooming to Prevent Odor

The body emits various odors that are distinct to the body areas. The armpits produce what people regard as the most pungent and the most offensive of all body odors. The sweat that sweeps on the body can make one have a bad body smell when bacteria start their feeding frenzy on the oil in the body sweat.

To prevent the disgusting smell, a man must practice what society considers as good grooming without fail. Wash well the groin and the armpit area with body odor products. Wear clean, comfortable clothes daily, changing to nightwear after shower before bed. If possible, stick to loosely fitting clothes to allow the skin to breathe and the sweat to dry quickly.

There is a powerful, cultural distaste for offensive body odor. Bad body smell can make one feel odd, offensive and strange—smell of the great cats, the sawdust, and the leather whip. On the other hand, a clean, fresh body scent is absolutely proper and polite, not incommode others.

Become a Marine Biologist: Study and Conserve Whales and Their Environment

It is possible to become involved in Marine Biology in a number of different capacities. Academics require technicians, and amateurs can play a role.

Marine Biologists

Marine Biologists study everything that lives in the oceans. This includes all marine plants and animals, as well as micro-organisms. It also occupies itself with the ecology of these many organisms, from the study of the requirements of individual species up to the consideration of entire habitats and how they work. Most end up specialising in a single field of study, be it microscopic diatoms or enormous whales, but they all need to know about the ocean as an environment and have some understanding of oceanography (the physical, chemical and biological properties and phenomena of the sea).

Becoming a Marine Biologist

Before studying marine biology itself it is essential to have a sound grasp of Biology, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, and Physics. Maths and English are also very important. Enthusiasm is paramount and cannot be learnt – any true marine biologist will have developed an almost obsessive interest in some aspect of the subject long before he or she decides to follow this career path, and it is a good idea to consider summer courses, camps, and internships in the area. Some universities have summer residential research programs for high school students.

Marine Biology Schools

Research the institutions that specialise in teaching Marine Biology. While initial studies should concentrate on science in general (and especially Biology and Chemistry), further studies in whatever aspect of Marine Biology is intended is made so much easier if the same institution provides a route for progression. Advanced academic studies require a supervisor – an expert in the topic of interest. Again, it is good if this expert is nearby!

Study and Conserve Whales

There is enormous competition for the opportunity to work with whales, and this is one of the most ‘glamorous’ (and worthwhile?) branches of Marine Biology.

Non Academic Routes into Marine Biology

Never forget that for every research scientist there are dozens, or hundreds, of people making his or her work possible. Much whale research, for example, is dependent on instrumentation (satellite tracking, hydrophone recording, photography), and competent technicians are essential. Most Marine Biologists don’t know how their gear works – they just rely on it and the people who keep it functioning!

Amateur Contributions to Marine Biology

In the past all Marine Biologists were self-taught amateurs, and research is always about ‘finding out for yourself’. If, for whatever reason, a career working as a Marine Biologist is not feasible then pursues your enthusiasm nevertheless – amateur naturalists make a huge contribution to science.

Amateur Plankton Nets: Capture Marine Planktonic Organisms to Watch or Photograph Swimming

Suitable specifications for an amateur marine plankton net require that the shape and mesh size are carefully considered.

Towing a net behind a boat, lowering it over the side, or simply throwing it into the sea from the shore and then dragging it in will capture marine plankton. There are standard designs for plankton nets, and mesh size determines what will be caught. Once captured, plankton can be kept alive for a short while in a vacuum flask which will stop the sea-water warming up too quickly.

Standard Design of Plankton Nets

All plankton nets are conical in shape, with mouth to length ratios of from 1:3 to 1:5. Small nets (five to eight inches in diameter and 15-20 inches long) are suitable for the amateur.

The mouth is held open by a rigid circular ring, and pulled through the water on a single line which ends in a three-piece ‘bridle’ where it attaches to the mouth-ring.

The netting is always made from ‘Nitex’ (a registered trademark). This nylon netting is treated so that the square mesh openings of known dimensions remain constant whatever you are doing with the net.

The pointy end of the net has a PVC collecting bottle (or ‘bucket’) which is easily detachable – this is where the captured animals end up.

Mesh Sizes of Plankton Nets

Smaller mesh sizes catch most things. A ‘small’ mesh of 80 microns (a micron, or micrometre is one thousandth of a millimetre) will catch larger phytoplankton and everything bigger than that. These nets tend to fill up fast!

‘Coarse’ mesh of 363 microns lets all the phytoplankton and many smaller zooplankton through – retaining only the larger animals.

For the amateur a ‘medium’ mesh size of 153 microns is best since it lets microscopic organisms through and keeps everything visible to the naked eye.

Keeping Plankton Alive to Observe Later

Planktonic plants and animals (such as copepods ) are very sensitive to temperature change and will die rapidly if the water begins to warm up. This is not a problem if they are to be observed immediately, but if the idea is to make a few hauls and the take the whole sample to a place where the living animals are to be observed and maybe photographed later, then they need to be kept at a constant temperature. Any sort of vacuum flask will do this, but for use in the field a stainless steel vacuum flask is highly recommended.

Once the captured animals have arrived at the place where they are going to be looked at they can be poured or pipetted into a small flat glass dish (Petri dish recommended) on top of a black card. Oblique lighting will help make them visible against this dark background (but will quickly cook them). A hand lens (X10) is very useful at this stage. Photographing planktonic animals is a challenge, and videoing them even more so!

Herbal Help for Ulcerative Colitis: Inflammatory Bowel Diseases & Herbal Medicine

If you’re one of the 500,000 Americans suffering from the inflammatory bowel disease that doctors call ulcerative colitis, you may be looking to herbal medicine for help. Though doctors don’t understand exactly what causes ulcerative colitis, emerging research suggests that certain herbal medications, coupled with dietary changes, may give ulcerative colitis sufferers more control over this painful condition.

Multivitamins for Ulcerative Colitis

People with ulcerative colitis often suffer severe bouts of diarrhea. This, coupled with decreased nutrient absorption in the colon, makes ulcerative colitis sufferers especially vulnerable to malnutrition. Though there’s no credible research linking any specific vitamin or mineral to a decreased risk of colitis flare-ups, most ulcerative colitis sufferers are advised to take a daily multivitamin.

Probiotics for Ulcerative Colitis

Probiotics aren’t actually herbal medicines but some preliminary human studies suggest that supplements of “good” bacteria like lactobacillus may help prevent ulcerative colitis flare-ups.

Flaxseed Oil for Ulcerative Colitis

Omega-3 fatty acid supplements don’t perform as well as prescription medications at preventing flare-ups, but some studies have found that coupling omega-3 supplements with the drug sulfasalazine may increase the effectiveness of the prescription drug. One of the richest herbal sources of omega-3 fatty acids is flaxseed oil.

Bromelain for Ulcerative Colitis

bromelain, which is an enzyme traditionally associated with improved digestion, may also help colitis sufferers better digest food.

Psyllium for Ulcerative Colitis

Ulcerative colitis sufferers are often urged to observe a bland, low-fiber diet during flare-ups so it may seem odd that psyllium, one of the best sources of natural fiber, is gaining respect among colitis researchers. Between flare-ups, psyllium may help normalize bowel movements and decrease recurrence of symptoms.

Other Herbs for Ulcerative Colitis

Other herbs commonly recommended for ulcerative colitis, but which aren’t supported by research, include:

  • Marshmallow root
  • Cat’s claw
  • Wild Indigo
  • Siberian ginseng
  • Green tea
  • Wild yam
  • German chamomile

Some, like marshmallow root and cat’s claw, have long been regarded as soothing to the digestive tract. Others, like green tea, have anti-inflammatory properties.

Before you begin an herbal regimen for your ulcerative colitis, talk to your doctor. Herbal medicines are often unproven and can interact with prescription medications in ways you and your doctor may not suspect. Remember, any herbal medicine capable of causing positive change in your body is also capable of side effects.

Only your doctor can tell you if herbal medicine can help your ulcerative colitis. But today, you have more treatment options than ever before.