Smelling clean and pleasing is at the top of the personal hygiene list for most. The old adages, “you are what you eat” and “you only get one chance to make a first impression” ring true when it comes to our scent. Smelling good naturally, is a relatively easy accomplishment. There are healthier and longer lasting alternatives to fresh hygiene than to spray perfume that will only "cover" the smell and not cure the root of the problem.
Here are a few practical solutions for smelling clean and feeling fresh after a workout and during the day.
One - Eat a balanced diet
You are what you eat. Spices, onions, and garlic are a part of healthy eating, but they can come through the skin and breath in the most unfriendly of ways. Alcohol not only dehydrates the body but can leave a lingering smell.
Two - Drink plenty of water
Drinking water is the best way to keep the body running clean and flushes out the smelly toxins. Many experts have recommended drinking at least eight glasses of water daily to maintain general health. Water helps the body to stay hydrated, which is essential for the body to function properly. Water has been known to flush toxins and waste from the body and allow nutrients to go where they are needed.
Tea can give a nice break from the water, and herbal teas help with digestion and moving toxins that smell out of the body.
Three - Eat cleansing food
Citrus Fruit like lemon, grapefruit, orange, and lime contain Vitamins C, A, and B. These fruits have been known to aid in fighting free radicals, reducing infections, help with joint inflammation and supports the immune system.
Chlorophyll, the main ingredient in green vegetables and an excellent source of vitamins A, C, E, and K. Chlorophyll has been known to detoxify the blood, cleanse the intestines and aids in getting rid of bad odors. If you are not a veggie lover, an option is to use liquid chlorophyll found in the refrigerated section of any local health food store. Add half a teaspoon to your water or morning fruit smoothie.
The Basil plant supports the liver and kidneys in eliminating toxin build-ups. Great for digestion, infections, and works as a diuretic. Basil makes a great addition to a salad and also tastes fantastic in a smoothie.
Avocados are amazing for a healthy body. They help lower cholesterol, blood pressure, and contain high levels of glutathione, which are known to assist in detoxifying the liver.
Cilantro helps to get rid of mercury and other heavy metals from the body. These toxins from food and polluted air end up in the bloodstream. Cilantro is a great addition to morning juice and adding the oil to water creates an excellent day drink. Cilantro oil is available at most health food stores.
Four - Take a bath
Baths not only make us feel relaxed but they can also help detox the body. Epson salt baths assist the body in detoxing and supplies the essential nutrient magnesium. Magnesium deficiency is easy to correct and can show up as fatigue, muscle spasms, cramps, and arrhythmia just to name a few.
Taking a shower after a workout also helps with removing odor causing bacteria. When a shower is not available - try Purequosa (PQ).
Five - Caring for your clothing
Essential oil drops are an excellent way to add freshness to your laundry. There are many natural products for boosting fragrance on the market today. Staying clear of synthetic chemicals in traditional cleaners will benefit your clothing and skin over time. Don't forget the bedsheets and towels! Try using a spray bottle filled with distilled water and a few drops of lavender or geranium for the in-between laundry times. When towels have a musty smell, spray PQ's Rain on them. The ingredients including tea tree will attack the bacteria and leave the towels smelling fresh.
Additional tips -
Layering scents on the body by adding essential oil or perfume to the pressure points [ankle, behind knees, wrist, and neck] is a nice way to create a lingering scent from bottom to top. For during the day try freshening up with PQ’s Coastal. It has a light scent that creates an uplifting feeling and clean aroma.
Go beyond the body and into the home with essential oil room sprays or diffusers. PQ is safe for furniture and will naturally cleanse and remove stale smells. Perfect for spraying on the pets too! Smells attach onto clothing through exposure. Going to the source helps create an environment that is clean and fresh smelling.
Six - Use Purequosa cleansing body spray
PQ is an all-natural cleansing body spray with the active ingredient of colloidal silver. Colloidal silver is an antimicrobial and kills bacteria. Safe for your clothes, gentle for the kids and pets too!
When persistent odor and excessive sweating is an issue, always consult a physician to ensure there is no underlying health concern.