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Smelling a bit ... ripe? Try these natural cures to reduce the stink.
updated 8/7/2011 9:37:59 AM ET 2011-08-07T13:37:59

It's a fact of life: Sometimes you smell less than sweet. Whether it's from food, excess sweat, or clothes that aren't quite clean, here are some surprising solutions that can beat back body odor for good.

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1. Choose natural fabrics
Natural fabrics such as cotton absorb perspiration better than synthetic materials because they allow the absorbed sweat to evaporate from the fabric.

2. Skip the garlic and onions.
You know they make your breath smell, but what about the rest of you? "If you've been surrounded by cooking foods such as garlic, onions, and strong spices, these odors can cling to your clothes and hair," says Lenise Banse, MD. "Until your clothing and hair are washed, these odors will be carried with you."

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3. Apply some apple cider vinegar
"Apple cider vinegar is a great natural underarm deodorant," says Georgianna Donadio, PhD. She suggests applying it directly to your armpits to kill body odor.

4. Cut back on meat
Extracts of proteins and oils from certain foods and spices remain in your body's excretions and secretions long after eating, and they can impart an odor, explains Ellen Kamhi, PhD, RN.

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5. Benefit from good bacteria
For a natural deodorant that fights odor from the inside out, Dr. Kamhi recommends taking a daily acidophilus supplement. Acidophilus is a probiotic bacteria that helps aid digestion.

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