Rachael Ray: Foods To Reduce Body Odor & How To Prevent Alcohol Flush


Rachael Ray: May 31 2013

On Rachael Ray May 31 2013, Dr. Sanjay Gupta stopped by the show to show us some foods to reduce body odor, hosted a Q&A session with the audience, and told us how to prevent the alcohol flush response. If you break out in red whenever to take a sip of alcohol, you’ll really want to check this episode out.

Rachael Ray: Foods To Reduce Body Odor

Rachael Ray: Foods To Reduce Body Odor & How To Prevent Alcohol Flush

Believe it or not, there are foods to reduce body odor, such as spinach.


A 35-year-old mother has noticed that her body odor has increased considerably in the last year, and she wondered what she was doing wrong to cause this increase in it. Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s first suggestion was that it might be the result of certain dietary choices, and showed us some foods to reduce body odor.

For example, magnesium is the body’s natural deodorant. If you have more in your diet, there is less of a chance that you will get body odor. This is not because magnesium makes your body smell great, it’s because it protects the skin and prevents bacteria getting into it, making it smell bad.

Where can you get your magnesium from? Dark green, leafy vegetables such as spinach are a great source of magnesium, along with carrots.


Zinc, which you can get from beans and tuna, helps make your body smell better. Processed foods are good to avoid because they make your body produce more acid, which can lead to body odor.

Rachael Ray: Preventing Alcohol Flush

Some people get red splotches all over their body when they drink, and this is called alcohol flush response. When you drink alcohol, your body’s processes are supposed to turn the alcohol into vinegar, and if any of the processes to break down the alcohol fail, the remnants of the alcohol stick around, causing the flush.

Certain alcohols, like ones that have sugar in them, are a little better to help prevent this problem. You can either go with an alcohol with sugar in it such as white wine, or you can eat an apple a little before you start drinking to provide the sugar. Also, carbohydrates help absorb alcohol, so having a bowl of oatmeal beforehand might help, as well.


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