Your Diet and Your Personal Stink: What’s the Link?

No one wants to admit they have body odor and no one really wants to talk about it, but it happens to the best of us (aka all of us). So instead of denying we ever get B.O., or pretending it doesn’t exist, let’s get to the bottom of it. What is causing your smell? You might not realize that what you put into your body, not just what you put on your body, can significantly impact how you smell. There is as strong connection between body odor and diet, and as it turns out, your deodorant might not be the culprit where your stink is concerned.

If you ever notice that you smell a little less like fresh-cut roses and a little more like dirty laundry, then you probably blame a number of causes…exercise, sweat, not enough deodorant, too much time outside, clothes that are tight and cause perspiration…there’s a long list. But most of us don’t think about what we ate and whether or not those foods could be the real problem.

So, what is Body Odor?

Body odor is described as a perceived unpleasant smell our bodies can give off when bacteria that live on the skin break down sweat into acids. It may be accompanied by excessive sweat, but not always, as body odor and perspiration are not exactly the same thing, just related bodily functions. And as it turns out, sweat isn’t really what you smell when you sense body odor. “Sweat itself is virtually odorless to humans; it is the rapid multiplication of bacteria in the presence of sweat and what they do (break sweat down into acids) that eventually causes the unpleasant smell.”

So what causes the foul-smelling bacteria in your blood, sweat and skin? It could be the result of medication, an infection, a bad reaction to the clothing you are wearing, a lack of deodorant…OR it could be caused by something you ate.

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