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Your skin is the largest organ in your body. It’s surface area is about 18,000 cm². It is filled with many different structures including sweat glands, hair follicles, nerve endings and blood vessels, to name but a few. The skin is a complex structure which is continuously renewing itself. You make (and lose) over 2 million skin cells every hour. That means your body is making around 40,000 new skin cells every minute of every day, and that doesn’t include the extra cells that have to be made if you injure yourself. In most parts of your body your skin contains at least 40 layers of dead cells, constantly being fluffed off as we live life. This means that you literally have hundreds of billions of skin cells in and on your body.


So, what has this to do with why we sweat? Well, the sweat glands are embedded in the skin structure, and they have 3 important functions. Firstly, the sweat glands are used to keep your body cool, by allowing water to evaporate from the skin. Secondly, they act as a means of eliminating toxins from the body, a very important function if we are to stay healthy. And thirdly, sweat creates a protective layer on top of the skin (known as the acid mantle) which helps protect us from attack from the bugs all around us.

There are two kinds of sweat glands. The commonest ones are found all over the skin. The less common sweat glands, which are 10 times bigger than the normal ones, are found in your arm pits and eyelids. The job of these larger sweat glands is to secrete a lot more liquid. The vaste majority of sweat glands produce sweat which is 98-99% water. Sweat also contains salt and waste products from the body. These waste products include urea, uric acid and fatty acids. While sweat normally does not smell, the foods we eat can have an impact on it. For instance, if you eat a lot of garlic, you may well smell the garlic in your sweat. If your body is very toxic (and I’ll explain the reasons for this in another post), then the toxins can end up in the sweat glands and produce a lot of very unpleasant smells.

The biggest source of toxins in your body is your large intestine or bowel - after all this is your sewerage system! I have mentioned this in other posts already. So if you can clean out your large intestine you can do a huge amount to eliminate body odour. I remember a client came to me with the specific problem of having a huge issue with smelly feet. This was a big issue for both him and his family. I put him on a strong, but not aggressive, bowel cleansing herbal remedy which he took faithfully for six weeks. To his amazement, and the amusement of his family and friends, the smelly feet problem disappeared after just a few weeks! So if you suffer from body odour or smelly feet, don’t resort to antiperspirants. Treat the cause and not the effect, and you will be much better off, not only now but in the long run too.

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