FOUR MAIN CAUSES OF BODY ODOUR
1. EXCESSIVE EMOTIONAL SWEATING
The primary purpose of thermal sweating is to regulate your body temperature. Your eccrine sweat glands produce the sweat needed for this.
Emotional sweating is linked to stress and anxiety and is one of the most influential causes of body odour.
Emotional sweat comes from your apocrine glands and is usually excessive. The reaction between your apocrine sweat and your skin bacteria results in significantly more unpleasant body odour than in the case of thermal sweating.
2. YOUR DAILY ROUTINE AND CLOTHING
To help keep body odour at a minimum remember to bathe regularly, wear fresh clothes made from breathable materials and wear deodorant every day.
Your feet, groin and armpits are home to the largest concentration of apocrine glands. These areas also have very little ventilation, which creates an ideal environment for bacteria to grow and decompose your sweat.
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What you eat has a lot to do with the smell your body produces.
Some foods are difficult for your body to digest and they also feed the bacteria that causes body odour. Keep an eye out for:
- Sugary sweets and sauces
- Hydrogenated oil (commonly found in most junk food)
- Excessive consumption of dairy products, eggs, meat and some spices
4. YOUR GENETICS
People of different ethnic backgrounds also tend to sweat different amounts. For example, generally speaking, people from East Asia tend to sweat less and have less body odour than people from Africa and Europe.
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