Have BO? Cut down on these 5

HT City - - LIFESTYLE - Sanya Pan­war (With in­puts from di­eti­cian Dr Anu­pam Dey)

Fix­ing bad breath af­ter a meal is rel­a­tively easy: Just pop a mint, use mouth­wash, or bet­ter yet, floss and brush your teeth. When it comes to stop­ping stinky sweat, though, sci­ence hasn’t pro­duced a whole lot of de­fin­i­tive ev­i­dence for odourneu­tral­is­ing foods. Many peo­ple sweat pro­fusely all the time for ab­so­lutely no rea­son. But what causes per­sis­tent body odour, the kind that seems like it just won’t go away? You’re eat­ing foods or drink­ing bev­er­ages that cause the body to pro­duce strong odours, say ex­perts.

You would have prob­a­bly no­ticed that you are a bit more stinky af­ter a night of heavy drink­ing, and that’s nor­mal. Al­co­hol can cause bod­ies to pro­duce mal­odor­ous sweat. Other things you con­sume can cause this to hap­pen, too, even when those foods are good for you.

To min­imise body odour watch your in­take of these. Al­co­hol: It metabolises into ac­etate or acetic acid , which can be se­creted into your sweat. When that acidic sweat is metabolised by skin bac­te­ria, it can leave you with that sig­na­ture “I went out last night” scent. Cru­cif­er­ous veg­eta­bles: Broc­coli, cau­li­flower, and other cru­cif­er­ous veg­gies, as well as eggs and milk, can be odour-of­fend­ers. They con­tain sul­phur, a stinky com­pound that smells like rot­ten eggs.

Spicy foods: Foods such as gar­lic and onions can give you what Dr Dey calls “gar­lic sweat” due to the high con­cen­tra­tion of Volatile Or­ganic Com­pounds (VOCs). These foods also typ­i­cally con­tain sul­phur.

Fish: Eat­ing fish cause an all-over fish smell in peo­ple who have the ge­netic con­di­tion called trimethy­lamin­uria, wherein body is un­able to break down a foul-smelling com­pound.

Red meat: Find­ings from a study sug­gest that eat­ing meat might be af­fect­ing your sweat. The fatty acids in meat may find their way into sweat, mak­ing it more stinky.

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Gar­lic and onions can make your sweat stink

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