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What's That Smell?

Ever wonder why your armpits stink in no time at all even after a shower? The answer: your skin has two main types of sweat glands - eccrine glands and apocrine glands. Apocrine glands develop in areas abundant in hair follicles, such as your armpits and groin. Eccrine glands are found in the armpit and all over the rest of your body.

The apocrine glands constantly produce a milky fluid that is stored in the gland. Emotional stress then causes the discharge of the fluid. This fluid is odorless unless it combines with bacteria normally found on your skin. The bacteria strains that are most common in the armpit area are the staphylococci or corynebacterium. So when the bacteria is allowed to go unchecked, either by infrequent bathing or by not using a deodorant, the combination with the gland secretion is what results in an offensive odor.

The eccrine glands produce what is commonly known as sweat; which is composed of mainly water and salt. Like the apocrine glands, the eccrine glands also gets a bad rap because most people believe that sweat is causing the stink… when in actuality it is, again, the mixing with bacteria. Sweat is odorless. Unfortunately, many people are using antiperspirant deodorants that contain chemicals that clog the pores to prevent the sweat from coming out. But sweating flushes out the toxins and old bacteria. Without the sweating, toxins and old bacteria can be stored inside the lymph nodes, thus straining the immune system.

The lymphatic system is extremely important for proper immune system function. It filters bacteria, viruses, and removes waste from the cells of your body. Clogging the pores to prevent sweating also prevents the removal of wastes from the lymph nodes. This is not a healthy thing, and a healthy lymphatic system is vital for optimal health.

The best solution to the problem of keeping that underarm bacteria in check, other than jumping in the shower once in a while, is to use an all-natural, healthy PH balanced deodorant.
Barbara McDonald
Barbara McDonald