6 Possible Reasons Why Your Sweat Smells Really Bad

Some things are nasty. But are true. Did you ever deliberately or
accidentally smell your sweat and thought, “not bad. Very good, in
fact!” Is it the sense of familiarity? Or is it the pheromones? We’ll
let that remain unanswered for a while because today’s article is about
the stench that is bad, not the good one! While sweating is a universal
phenomenon, what is in them that makes you irk sometimes? If you ever
wondered, here’s the answer. 


Read on to know those 6 reasons why your
pits have that stink, for, sweat (as such) doesn’t have an offensive

#1 What You Eat

The correlation of what you eat and how you smell is a
well-established one. You dine in the Italian eat place and the whole of
next day you smell like one too, don’t you? This happens when you eat
foods rich in sulfur. That means onions, garlic, and other foods
belonging to the allium family. This essentially happens because when
these foods containing organosulfur are broken down, they are released
into the bloodstream. This eventually moves out of the body via the
lungs through exhaled air and through the pores of the skin in the form
of sweat. This is exactly why your nose and the body smell like onion
and garlic when you consume them in large quantities.

#2 What You Wear

The battle had always been there. Synthetic Vs. Natural. Yet again,
natural wins because synthetic fibers like polyester tend to trap sweat
in them without absorbing it as cotton would. Consequentially, it
becomes a breeding ground for bacteria that give off the fishy, funky
odor. The worst thing you could do is wear a polyester T-shirt when you
hit the gym. The clothes apparently look fresh because they have the
ability to keep water from adhering to the surface but also remember
that the sweat isn’t absorbed either. They just remain trapped causing
the stench. A study was conducted on the amount of bad odor coming from
synthetic clothes and cotton ones used by bicyclers immediately after
their cycling sessions. They found out that polyester had a more intense
and unpleasant smell and could also isolate bacteria from most of those
fabrics.  Instead, wear cotton clothes when you know you would
sweat because cotton absorbs it all and leaves a chance for it to

#3 What You Spray

The next time you empty a bottle of perfume/deodorant remember that
these products, unlike antiperspirants, only mask the odor for a while
and when it is gone, the stench is not only back, it is more offensive
now. The constituents of a perfume or deodorant can potentially disturb
the bacterial population in the armpit. It can disrupt the balance and
eradicates the good bacteria, which is, in fact, more necessary to the
body. Refrain from frequent use of deodorants if you feel the stench is
more intense after the deodorant fades off.

#4 What You Pop

Did your doc put you on some new medicine? And do you feel you smell
like a pharmacy? This is again because of your sweat. Medicines are also
metabolized inside the body just like the food you eat. Some medicines
metabolize and get released in the bloodstream which finds it way out
through the skin. Also, the same medicine might not necessarily cause
the same stench in someone else who takes it. This is because
individuals metabolize medicines differently depending on their
tendencies and body constitutions. If the smell is too intolerable, try
talking to your GP and ask if he can replace it with some other

#5 What You Poop (look for the double O)

So, in a condition called FBO (Fecal Body Syndrome), a person smells
like poop. This could be because of various reasons. One of the reasons
is that the gas formed due to bad digestion sometimes escapes through
the skin. Also, when you are constipated, a lot of toxins tend to get
accumulated in the body which finds their way out through the skin.
Plus, it could also be possible that parts of the fecal matter you
eliminate from the body can take a reverse turn and combine in the blood
stream which again goes into the sweat. Treatments like consuming
probiotics and activated charcoal are said to be good for a problem like
this. However, if this is how you smell, you must visit the doctor
without further delay.

Also, in a condition called Trimethylaminuria, the body is unable to
break down the compund trimethylamine which makes your sweat smell
something as bad as a rotting fish or egg, garbacge, or even urine.
Few things you could do to manage this metabolic disorder is to avoid
foods that have trimethylamine, and to take low doses of antibiotics
along with supplements like activted charcoal.

#6 What’s With The Hormones?

When the body is in a stressful situation, the stress hormone
cortisol is released. As an immediate response, the body perspires
profusely which facilitates the growth of more bacteria. Also, the drop
in estrogen levels during the menopausal phase causes frequent
perspiration, specifically in the night which we call as the “night
sweats.” These hot flashes also tend to promote bacterial growth which
culminates to a malodorous body.

Everything from what you eat to what you poop matters when it comes
to body odor. Regular showers, good diet, and wearing breathable fabrics
are some practices that you must inculcate to keep your body odor-free.
How do you tackle with sweat and body odor? Any tips to share? Comment
below to let people know.

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