What Is The Smell Of Your Sweat Telling You? (PS: It’s Not That You Need Deodorant)
GUEST POST BY VIENDA MARIA.
For many years now I’ve been in the habit of observing my body. It’s undoubtably my greatest teacher in life as it continuously reflects the physicality of my emotions and thoughts. My body shows me what is going on in my world, both consciously and subconsciously, and invariably how to heal myself. I thank it deeply for this.
I have noticed something quite fascinating in recent years. Something to do with my body’s reaction to stress with body odor. I live a very healthy, clean and balanced lifestyle. I have high standards of nutrition, move daily and live in tune with my body as much as I can in each moment. This means that my natural body odor is sweet-smelling, healthy and human-like. A gentle flavour of aliveness.
Except for when it’s not! Every so often, every now and then, I notice my body odor sharply change. This happens, quite suddenly, immediately, when I experience stress. I have noticed that inexplicably, the moment I feel stressed or react to a situation with fear or negativity, my body odor changes. Suddenly I start to emit a strange odor, from sweet, to heavy, enveloping, slightly metallic, bitter and sour all at the same time. It’s somewhat shocking, but also very true. So I decided to do some research and find the cause root of this rather than try and cover it up with chemical deodorants and sickly perfumes.
Apparently, as we experience fear, stress or anxiety (or all three at once!) our body produces hormones that course through our bodies, and this change creates an imbalance in the sensitive ecosystem of our finely tuned selves, creating certain toxicity and causing changes such as a distasteful odor emanating from our bodies, where before there was none.
According to a wide range of studies, scientifically this is what happens:
When you are stressed your body starts to secrete male hormones such as adrenalin and adrenal cortex hormones, which activate the secretion of lipid acid. Lipid acid get stuck in the sebaceous glands which produce cell damaging free radicals. Free radicals oxidise lipid acid to create lipid peroxide resulting in auto-oxidization casing body odor.
In other words, stress is the main cause if body odor.
So, here’s my question for you today. What is your body telling YOU? Having you been having issues with body odor? Have you noticed a tendency to feel stressed in your day-to-day life? Do you recognise the relation between the two in your own life? And most importantly of all, are you willing to change it?
It’s extremely important to listen to what our bodies have to tell us and teach us every day. And mine is telling me precisely when I feel stressed, making me more aware of my thought and behavior patterns and teaching me how to change them and when. Thanks to listening to my body, I am leaning to remain more and more calm, trusting, open, loving and fearless in my daily life. After all stress is simply a fear reaction to a thought, and thoughts can be changed.
Author Bio: Vienda Maria is a writer, life coach and creative entrepreneur. She has been sharing her art of philosophical wordsmithing for over 10 years now and lights up when she sparks the fire in others to find their own soul journey through this incredible gift of life we each have received.
Positive affirmation for the day: I am grateful.
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