Posts Tagged ‘body odor’

A Real Stinker

September 6, 2012

The Internet is abuzz with news about a man whose gym membership was revoked, due to his poor hygiene.

Shawn Morales, an L.A. based  “actor, model and event producer” was asked to leave Gold’s Gym, due to numerous complaints about his unpleasant body odor.
Mr. Morales claims he was never spoken to about the problem until the gym canceled his membership. He is contemplating a law suit.

This story brings about an interesting dilemma regarding gym etiquette.

Recently, a man walked into the cycling studio at my gym, and caused a group reaction to his stench. He entered with a few people, all on the waiting list and nobody was sure who the stinker was. As he passed through the room, people around me started to comment on a strange smell in the room. This was not fresh sweat. It was a strong odor of unwashed and reused gym clothes, and smelly socks.  I observed others across the studio looking, wrinkling their noses and sniffing their own armpits for fear that they were the culprits. Spinning is a sweaty endeavor, and heavy breathing is required. To start the class with that strong odor permeating the room made it difficult for those around him to breathe. Should he have been asked to leave?
In my opinion: no. But he should be spoken to about his hygiene, and the effect it has on other members. An uncomfortable conversation at best, but one that needs to be had none the less.

Have you ever been on the treadmill or bike next to someone with gas? Or someone who ate too much garlic the night before? No more pleasant than the body odor dude, but much more temporary.

Should people in public gym environments have to adhere to basic grooming and hygiene rules to keep their membership? Should the rest of us have to suffer because they don’t? What is acceptable, and what is just too much to tolerate?
Share you opinion here.

Photo: Glasshouse Images

Don’t Make a Big Stink Out of It!

August 6, 2012

In this heat, it’s hard to smell daisy fresh all the time. I occasionally take a stealth sniff to make sure my deodorant is working, and carry baby wipes in my bag, for a quick refresher when I get to the office.

While there isn’t much we can do to keep from perspiring, there are some tips to keep us as odor free as possible.

Caffeine can trigger body odor, because it stimulates our sweat glands. When sweat mixes with bacteria, it smells bad. Conversely, drinking lots of water can dilute the perspiration and diminish the unpleasant odor.

Sage tea has antiseptic compounds that can help reduce sweating by relieving stress in the body. Sip the tea, or add it to your bath to reap the benefits.

Zinc is a mineral that regulates detoxification by controlling how your body handles waste. Foods high in zinc are oysters, pumpkin seeds, beans, yogurt and wheat germ.

You are what you eat, literally!  Strong smelling foods like garlic and curry can seep out of you pores and leave a strong “not-so-nice” smell in its wake.  Sulphurous foods, such as cauliflower, cabbage and broccoli can emit a gas through your skin as well.

Red meat causes stagnation in the digestive system. It putrefies in the digestive track, releasing toxins into your large intestine. All of the other “no-no’s” in a healthy diet such as refined sugar, hydrogenated oils, processed foods and white flour are also B.O. producers. Yet another reason to avoid consuming unhealthy foods.  Clean up your eating and your natural scent should improve as well.

Of course none of this replaces a good old soapy shower! Be sure to dry off completely, as the bacteria that causes body odor develops more quickly on wet skin.

While clothes may smell just fine when you take them off, as the sweat dries and then gets “re-ignited” the next time, it packs a foul punch. Trust me, those gym clothes are not ok to wear again tomorrow!

photo: Glasshouse Images


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