Have you noticed that you have a little bit of a stench in a place that you haven’t had one before?
Maybe you skipped your shower yesterday, or maybe you scrubbed up and noticed that you still smell a little wonky.
The new odor you are smelling could be a good hint that you have a health issue that needs to be checked out by your primary care physician ASAP.
Here are 20 sneaky sources of body odors that could point to bigger health issues.
Everyone gets stressed out, whether it’s at work, school, or just from personal issues. Anxiety towards a certain subject can trigger a release of cortisol, the stress hormone that helps you deal with dangerous situations. Unfortunately, this stress hormone also tends to make people sweat uncontrollably. While sweat alone doesn’t smell, the combo when added to living bacteria on your skin can stink really strongly.
Blood Sugar Swings
If you notice the fruity smell of ketones on you or someone else’s breath, be aware that this is a well-known trademark of blood sugar issues. These issues are severe and can often hint towards having diseases such as hypoglycemia and diabetes. If you don’t take proper care of your blood sugar levels, injuries and even death are possible.
There are tons of prescriptions and over-the-counter medications that cause body odor side effects. Birth control pills often lead to a dry mouth, which can result in a buildup of sulphur in the mouth. In case you don’t know what sulphur is, it’s famous for having a rotten egg smell.
Bowel Movement Issues
If you can’t go, you might need to add a little fiber in your diet. Now what most people don’t know is that too much fiber causes smelly gas. This doesn’t just affect you for the time being of passing gas, but it can also affect your overall body odor. During cases of severe constipation, toxins that are released by the digestive system can seep through your pores, giving you a fecal body odor smell. Not what most of us want.
Vitamin and Mineral Deficiencies
Most people overlook the fact that you should take vitamins on a daily basis. Magnesium is the most overlooked mineral in our diets even though it is a powerhouse vitamin. It can even help eliminate excess body odor. Great sources of magnesium are dark chocolate and raw nuts, so get munching.
If you’ve ever hit up the gym after munching on fried food, you know how quickly you sweat out those onions, garlic and other strong spices. Not only is it unpleasant for you, but it’s unpleasant for your fellow gym-goers. The oils in fried food can quickly become rancid, resulting in poor digestion and body odor.
The bacteria in your body is the prime source of armpit odors and unfortunately, it loves gummies just as much as you do. The refined sugar in these sweets tend to promote an overgrowth of yeast which converts sugars to alcohols. This can cause you to smell the opposite of sweet.
Urinary tract infections are very uncomfortable, yet common for most women. One of the first signs of having a UTI is a strong ammonia or slightly sweet scent. I know, they’re completely opposite smells, but they both boil down to the same thing. Even your urine will begin to smell odd. If you don’t take care of it, the infection can become very concentrated, resulting in an ammonia smell to come out of your pores.
This one will blow your mind. The little magical stick that you buy to keep odors away might actually make it worse. Some ingredients in deodorants can encourage smelly bacterial growth by feeding it. Instead of using products with counteractive ingredients, try showering with some lemon juice diluted with water and apple cider vinegar.
The vegans and vegetarians might’ve been right all along. Because of a person’s built-up body chemistry, some individuals aren’t able to metabolize foods that contain a large amount of choline such as eggs, fish and legumes. Foods that are high in protein require an active metabolic breakdown by the body and can increase body odor.
When your feet are tucked away in warm, moist and dark environments, otherwise known as shoes, they nurture bacteria. Especially if you’re anti socks. About 15 percent of the population actually has abnormally sweaty feet due to genetics. This can lead to micrococcus sedentarius, a bacterium that produces terrible smelling sulfur compounds.
Not Alternating Bras Enough
Most of us ladies have too many bras, but we always lean towards wearing our few favorite bras. How often do you actually wash these favorite bras, versus swapping out with your less-favored ones? Due to fabrics and materials touching sweat-prone places, you definitely need to wash those bras more than you think. Neglecting to do so can cause some major odors.
You’ve Been Drinking
While you can’t sweat off a hangover, you do unfortunately sweat out some of the alcohol that you consume. As alcohol makes its way through your blood and the body, it tends to seep out of the pores. It doesn’t matter what you’re drinking, once the body breaks it down, it all smells the same.
Rare Genetic Disorder
Trimethylaminuria is a rare genetic disorder that is caused by mutations in a specific gene. This causes the body to fail to break down the chemical compound trimethylamine. Trimethylamine is what causes a fishy smell, and when built up in the body is released in excretions via the sweat, urine and breath.
An overactive thyroid gland is another cause of body odor. The thyroid gland causes us to sweat. When it’s working overtime, as with hyperthyroidism, the body excretes an excessive amount of sweat — even with little or no exertion. The thyroid should be checked for proper functioning once every year or two. Hyperthyroidism is treatable. If you notice an unnatural amount of sweat and experience the body odor that comes along with it, see a doctor.
Liver damage can have serious effects on your overall health. Some symptoms of liver damage include but are not limited to an abnormal metabolism of fats, digestive problems, blood sugar problems, hormonal imbalances and nervous system damage. It is also known to cause people foul body odors, especially coming from the breath.
Hyperhidrosis, also known as polyhidrosis or sudorrhea, is a term for excessive sweating. This can affect just one area, typically one’s hands, or it can spread throughout the whole body. Although this condition isn’t life threatening, it can result in some very uncomfortable and embarrassing situations. In some severe cases, there may also be irritation and skin problems sprouting from fungal and bacterial infections.