“Dealing With Bad Body Odour”

Lifesstyle_body odourHave you ever had one of those days in a matatu or the office, where you had some stinky guy’s armpit in your face? If you have, then you know that some men can generate a stench that can send a skunk running. Why do some guys have such strong body odour?

 Body odour (B.O.) is a combination of sweat and bacteria. Humans generate apocrine and eccrine sweat. Eccrine sweat is used to lower our temperature, like when we exercise or when it’s really hot. It is produced uniformly all over the body and does not smell.

Apocrine is produced in places like the armpits, groin, hands, and feet. Likewise, it does not smell. But it’s the bacteria on our body that cause all the trouble. These bacteria feed off apocrine sweat and then they do what any living creature on earth does: they defecate. Yes, you guessed it; body odour is the smell of bacteria excrement!


The main reason why people stink is that some don’t bathe enough. But good hygiene doesn’t stop at washing your body; it also includes washing clothes. Certain fabrics, like cotton, easily absorb bad odours.

Some people smell a lot because they perspire more, either because of stress, physical activity or because of a condition known as Hyperhidrosis, which causes excessive sweating.

Stress is more prevalent today. There are higher expectations, tighter schedules, more work, etc., and they all cause an unnatural amount of anxiety on the body, which causes perspiration and, in turn, may make us smell.

Eating certain foods can also affect how you smell. If a food is pungent enough, its smell travels through your body and comes out from your pores. Garlic, cumin and curry are believed to have such properties. Alcohol is also diffused out of your body through your pores.

Zinc deficiency can impart B.O. because it regulates detoxification in the body; it controls how the body handles waste. Likewise, a sugar imbalance and caffeine can alter the amount and type of perspiration.

Health problems
Some odours may indicate health problems. People who smell like nail polish can have diabetes and an ammonia smell is a sign of liver disease.

Why do men tend to smell more often than women?

One of the reasons some men smell more might be because they are more physical and athletic. They also have higher testosterone levels — testosterone influences apocrine sweat production. Then again, some guys stink simply by virtue of poor hygiene; they don’t bathe enough. Men by nature have a tendency to wear clothes that haven’t been washed for a while. Washing clothes is very important when it comes to odour. It doesn’t matter if your body is clean; if you wear clothes soaked in B.O., you will smell like B.O.

Treating body odour

Bathe more
Bathing is a good way to start, and washing your clothes also helps. Showers are better than baths because during a shower, more dirt and bacteria run off the body with the constant flow of water.

Many deodorants only mask body odour, but some products actually fight bacteria. The most effective deodorants contain aluminum or zinc. Both elements are known to fight odour-causing bacteria. Antiperspirants, on the other hand, clog sweat glands, so bacteria have nothing to interact with. Antibacterial soaps also help kill off those nasty pests.

Proper nutrition
Cutting down on alcohol and caffeine reduces B.O. Coffee, cokes, chocolate, and other caffeine elements contribute to odour because they stimulate apocrine sweat glands. Drinking plenty of fluids keeps eccrine sweat glands active; this dilutes apocrine perspiration, which reduces body odour.

Boric acid
One of the best products for treating body odour, and quite possibly the least known, is Boric Acid. It’s relatively cheap and works well. Simply apply it wherever you want to keep smell away after taking a bath. Boric Acid slows down the spreading of bacteria but using too much can irritate the skin.

Other treatments
If the odour doesn’t want to go away, there are products that can treat serious cases of body odour, but they require a prescription. Keep in mind that extreme cases of B.O. are probably caused by some form of fungal infection.

 Hook, line and stinker

If you stink, don’t worry; there are plenty of ways of dealing with the problem. Find out what’s causing your body odour and deal with it accordingly. Don’t be afraid to see a doctor if a stench just doesn’t want to go away. 


“I Think I Am Sex Crazy”

man stressedI am a young man and my problem is I think I am sex crazy!  I can’t stop thinking about it; I want it all the time.  I lose most of my girlfriends because of my excessive demands.  I can’t afford prostitutes, and I don’t know how to curb my urges.  Also I like a girl to struggle so I can overpower her.  One of my girlfriends said this was rape and she was going to report me.  I thought she was just joining in the game, often they mean yes when they say no.  What can you advise me to do? 

– Sex mad Simon


You are not sex mad. Some men, especially young men, do have this problem.  When it rules your life, it is a bad thing.  My first advice is to work off that excess energy by physical labour.  If you are working, get up early and jog all the way to and from work, even if its ten kilometres.  If you are still at school or unemployed, exercise much more.  Try and get a job which requires manual effort, like a construction site where you carry heavy loads. 

Secondly control over one’s emotion is part of growing up – whether it is a bad temper, or sexual desire or anything else.  Adults should not give in to urges that might hurt or damage others, and could cause them problems   You have already come close to a problem when the girl threatened to report you for rape.  This is a criminal offence and these days the courts are handing out severe sentences.  There is a big difference between games and forcing yourself on someone.  Learn the difference. And just so you know, “no” really does mean “no”.  Try and find a girlfriend who enjoys what you enjoy but first she should be someone you like and whose company you appreciate.  That way you will learn to consider girls as people, as companions, and not as sexual objects.  Buying sex is no substitute for a good relationship.  Simon, just learn to manage your life and your emotions — grow up in other words.

How not to binge eat at Eid

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| CTW Writer

Celebratory occasions and fun days in the company of loved ones with meals of sumptuous food and desserts (particularly when one has been fasting an entire month) can be absolutely irresistible. Eid, Christmas and other holidays often gives us the perfect excuse to binge or in other words, to over eat.

Binge eating means eating a large amount of food in a short period of time. Most of us may overeat during a special occasion, like a holiday. But people who have this disorder binge eat on a regular basis and feel a lack of control over their eating.

It might not sound like a serious thing, but binge eating is a disorder. If you uncontrollably and regularly consume large amounts of food when you are not feeling hungry at a fast rate and to the point when you are uncomfortably full, then you are binge eating.

People with binge eating disorder are usually very upset by their binge eating and may experience stress, trouble sleeping, and depression. Binge eating disorder may lead to weight gain and to related health problems, such as heart disease and diabetes.

If you know that you’ll be around family and friends for a great time of indulging in food, be ready for it and try to keep your eating under control. Remember to balance it out the very next day!

 The easiest way to put an end to binging? Drink up! If you feel the urge to keep eating, drink more water it will make you full in an instant! Please bear in mind that we’re talking about water and not sodas or sugary juices.

Too much salt can make you bloated and retain water. Pay attention to the salt content in your meals and try not to consume salty food. Your stomach will thank you for it!

  The day after binge eating, consume more colourful veggies and fruits it will always make you feel better because they are low in calories and high in nutrients and fiber! Still craving for cake? Eat a banana instead!