Saturday, August 21, 2010

Help for Armpit/Underarm Odor

Many or you have written because despite your faithful use of your deodorant, you are still noticing an odor. I have some very helpful tips for you to help beat underarm odor caused by summer heat and humidity which can really turn on our sweat glands. There are things you can do to help eliminate your underarm odor problem:

1) Shower daily and use antibacterial soap or 100% glycerin soap in your underarm area. Very often soaps we use on our bodies have too many moisturizers, etc. and they just don't clean the bacteria under our armpits away properly.

2. After you shower and you're completely dry, apply your deodorant. I always recommend using deodorant rather than anti-persperant because anti-perspirants block your sweat glads. Please see my video on YouTube on using natural deodorants and powders as a great substitute. Here is the link: Healthier Deodorant Choices For Preventing Armpit Odor Risks of Aluminum Antiperpirants To Body If you shower before bed, you should still apply your deodorant to help prevent the growth of bacteria till morning and then reapply your deodorant.

3.  In between showers, you can freshen up by wiping your underarm area with Witch Hazel Astringent: Just put a little on a cotton ball and clean your underarms with it. Use a separate cotton ball for each armpit.  Please see my video on the many wonderful uses for Witch Hazel: 16 Beauty Hacks - One Amazing Natural Product

3. Shave your armpits regularly. As soon as you even see a little stubble, shave it because the bacteria thrive in the hair and cause odor to form.

4. Avoid wearing tight shirts. You want to wear looser fitting tops because you will get better air flow and it will help to keep you drier and smelling better. Also, wear natural fibers whenever possible, like cotton because they breathe and won't lock in wetness and odor.

5. You may have to keep some powder with you to apply to your armpits throughout the day to help prevent odor even if you are wearing deodorant. I recommend Vagisil Powder. It's terrific because it prevents and eliminates odor, it smells lovely, and it's gentle and talc free.


Can You Explain What BMI Is?

Hi, I was wondering what BMI is and whether it's important?

YouTips4U Ans.: Hi, BMI stands for Body Mass Index. It's a way to determine whether your weight is appropriate for your height (see formula below). You can use it to determine if you are overweight and to access your risk of developing diseases that are associated with being overweight. Regardless of what your BMI is, if you're a woman and your waist is larger than 35 inches (larger than 40 if you are a man), you are at increased risk for heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and other health problems. It would be a good idea for you to consider a diet and exercise plan, but remember to choose one that you can live with long term; that you can make a new way of life.

Here's how to calculate your BMI: BMI = weight(in pounds) divided by height (in inches) squared and multiplied by 705.

Example: A 5'5" (65") woman weighing 150 pounds would have the following BMI:

150 divided by 65 squared (65 x 65=4225)= .035502958, multiplied by 705= 25

A BMI of 25-29 usually indicates a person is overweight. This person is at the very beginning of the range where her risk for health problems begins. A BMI of 30 or more usually indicates a person is obese. The most desirable BMI is 19-24.

Please remember that this is just an estimate and that sometimes very muscular people can have a high BMI without having health risks. Use this in conjunction for evaluating your body, how much excess fat your have, how much exercise you do and what your diet is like.

Are You Drinking Enough Water?

Hi YouTips4U: I just want to let you know that I love all your videos on YouTube. They have helped me so much. My question is: I am trying to make sure my skin is at its best, so I have started to drink more water. How do I know if I am drinking enough?

YouTips4u Ans.: Hi, that's a really good question. Being hydrated is so important, especially for good skin. It also aids the body by helping it digest more efficiently and it helps remove bacteria from the body. A good rule of thumb to know if you are drinking enough is to check your urine. If your urine is dark, or the odor strong, this may be an indication that your body doesn't have enough water and is conserving it. Remember you also get water when you eat fruits and vegetables which are 75%-95% water. If your urine is clear or very pale yellow, you're doing a good job of staying hydrated. However, if you are going to the bathroom more than once an hour, you're probably drinking more than your body can handle. Once your body is hydrated, no more moisture will get to the skin via internal means and the rest will just be excreted by your kidneys. Each person is different, so see what you body's needs are. A lot depends on your size, how much you exercise, whether you eat a lot of fiber (fiber soaks up water so your requirement may be a bit higher). So don't worry about the old recommendation of drinking 8 glasses of water a day as the rule; it's no longer thought to be because you get fluids from foods as well. Hope that helps!


Do the Low-Carbohydrate Diets Work?

I really do not recommend low-carbohydrate diets. They are usually lacking in complex carbs, vitamins, and minerals, and people on these diets end up feeling very tired. This can be very counterproductive as you need the energy to exercise which is extremely important when you are trying to lose weight.

Complex carbohydrates are whole-grain foods such as whole-grain bread, oatmeal, brown rice, potatoes, oat bran, and pasta. Unlike candy, soda, and cookies, which result in a quick rush of blood sugar and then the ultimate crash, complex carbs provide a slow release of insulin in the blood which stabilizes your blood sugar and provides a good source of healthy stable energy.

When you lose weight from low-carb diets, much of it is from water loss. These diets are difficult to sustain for long periods of time and most people cannot maintain eating this way, so they end up gaining all the weight back again. I eat a lot of complex carbs. I have some with every meal. I also exercise a lot so I need the energy and without complex carbs, I don't think I could maintain the level of fitness that I am used to.