Your feet help get you places, either by walking, peddling, or running. In our fast paced society, those same feet are also capable of producing up to a pint of sweat a day. This puts you in a pretty awkward predicament — by days end, your feet smell absolutely disgusting.
Now if you think people hate bad breath, wait until they get a whiff of your feet. Nasty-smelling feet don’t just mean you’ll be shunned, they mean you’ll be forced to keep your shoes on everywhere you go from the beach to your bed. But don’t worry, help is on the way. Follow these five easy steps to feeling confident in every stride you take:
1. Air your feet: Don’t be that guy who sleeps in his socks, or to be honest, that guy who has sex in his socks either (believe me there are guys who do and frankly even wearing a watch while having sex is wrong). Letting your feet air is a simple way to keep them fresh and reduce their exposure to bacteria brought on by sweat.
2. Soak in salt water: A good soaking is great for your feet, and can easily fit into your busy schedule. During your down time, add a 1/2 cup of Epsom salt to a basin of warm/hot water and soak for 20-25 minutes. When times up, sit back, and air dry those puppies.
3. Choose the right footwear: Moisture smart socks are a must in today’s fast-paced environment (just try walking around in a pair of tube socks after a 12 hour shift). Moisture smart socks breathe when most other socks keep in heat (and the resulting sweat). Adidas, and Nike make a moisture sensitive sock, or you can visit www.smartsocks.net and buy them in bulk. For extra protection, try odor eater insoles with your moisture smart socks, they’ll go a long way in prolonging your shoe’s life as well.
4. Use a foot scrub: PedEgg (the cheese grater for your feet) helps in removing dry and dead skin from your feet which harbor bacteria caused by sweating.
5. Watch your diet: That cheese burger and onion rings combo you crammed into your schedule may actually affect more than your waist line. Your body’s (including your feet) odor is manipulated by the foods and drink you consume on a regular basis. If you sweat profusely to begin with, trying cutting back on spicy foods, and adding more lean proteins, like chicken and beef, into your diet. Meat is a great source of zinc, an essential mineral, which helps control the bodies immune system, normal growth, and the functioning of your skin (and the odors emitted through it).
Tip for the Excessive Sweater:
Leave Bounce sheets in your shoes at night, and apply an antiperspirant deodorant to your feet in the morning. It sounds weird, but we’re sure the first person who suggested putting deodorant under your arms got weird looks too.
Once you got your rank foot odor problem under control, outfit them with the latest spring shoe styles.