Much to my chagrin, I have realized of late that I most likely have a sensitivity to dairy products. Surprisingly, I wasn’t having any stomach issues (as with lactose intolerance), but it was a combination of a few other random symptoms that clued me in. None of what I experienced was dramatic or awful, but finally, the symptom that got to me was this: Stinky Armpits. For a well-groomed, well-put-together (if I do say so myself) professional woman in America, this was just an embarrassing problem to have.
I had tried professional-strength deodorants/antiperspirants, but honestly, I only got a little relief. Plus, the product itself adhered to my clothes, so my shirts and jackets began to stink, and laundering was not getting the smell out. What a nuisance – and I was still Stinky! Not to mention that I was putting horrible chemicals in my armpits every day, which I was not happy about.
A friend of mine suggested I try giving up dairy and/or red meat, both of which are reported to cause odor problems. I don’t each much red meat, so I decided to try giving up dairy. After a week of no dairy, I think it’s done the trick. I’m sure that I’m not the only one who is glad that I smell so much better these days! (And, I switched to using a mineral salts deodorant, which is working just fine.)
I haven’t been able to find any science to back up my reasoning behind making this switch, so who knows? But it goes to show that we are all very different, and that as I Live to Be 100, I’ll need to be willing to make changes to make my life the best it can be for me.