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Last Updated on December 28, 2022
Did you know that the food you eat can change the way you smell? Yes, It’s true. Different foods and drinks can affect the composition of your sweat, which can then change your body odor and the perfumes that might work best for you. Here’s how your diet can affect your scent, what you can do about it and how to choose a perfume that matches your diet.
How Diet Affects Your Body Odor
Your body odor is mostly determined by the makeup of your sweat. What you eat and drink can really change the types of compounds in your sweat.
- Spicy and pungent foods (garlic, onions) are altering the composition of our sweat.
- Alcohol is metabolized by the body and can be released through sweat and the breath.
- Certain meats, such as red meat, may also affect your smell due to the way they are metabolized by the body.
- Asparagus has been known to cause a distinctive odor in urine, which can be noticeable through sweat (known as “asparagus pee”).
Your diet can also affect how much and what type of perspiration your body produces. For instance, eating spicy foods and drinking caffeine can make you sweat more. On the other hand, certain medical conditions and medications can also affect perspiration.
Getting rid of the stink through diet changes
Incorporate more fruits and vegetables into your diet. Fruits and vegetables are rich in nutrients and antioxidants, which can help to flush out toxins and improve the overall health of your skin and sweat glands.
Stay hydrated. Drinking plenty of water can help to flush out toxins and improve the production of sweat, which can help to reduce body odor.
Limit or avoid foods that contribute to body odor. If you notice that certain foods seem to worsen your scent, try reducing your intake of these foods or eliminating them from your diet altogether.
Soluble fiber supplements may also help with the bad smell of sweat. It is known to improve digestive health and can help reduce constipation and bloating. This can help to reduce the release of gasses and waste products through sweat.
How To Choose a Perfume Based on Diet
When you’re picking perfumes, remember your diet might be affecting your body odor and perspiration. Some scents can complement or contrast with the effects of certain foods and drinks on your natural fragrance.
Eating a lot of spicy food? you might want to choose a perfume with a cool, refreshing scent to balance out the heat of the spices.
Eating a lot of sweet foods? you might want to choose a perfume with a more complex, deeper scent to add depth and contrast.
Here are some examples of perfumes that might work well with different types of diets:
For a diet high in spicy foods: Cool, refreshing scents like mint, citrus, and cucumber (Eros by Versace is perfect)
For a diet high in sweet foods: Complex, deeper scents like wood, leather, and tobacco (Tom Ford’s Oud Wood among others in the Private Blend line)
For a diet high in alcohol: Crisp, clean scents like lavender, rosemary, and juniper (Dior Homme Intense is a great option)
Keep in mind that everyone is unique, and what works for one person may not work for another. The best way to find the perfumes that work best for you is to try out different scents and see what you like the most.