Body odour isn’t your typical dinner topic. Talking about it makes people squirm and smelling it can sometimes lead to fainting or gagging. Reading this probably makes you want to sniff yourself and check, or hop into the shower for a good scrub anyway.
Do you know which is the smelliest part of the human body?
Answer: Your feet.
One foot has more than 250,000 sweat glands and these produce more than a pint of sweat each day. That works out to nearly a gallon of sweat every week! (That’s just for one foot by the way.)
Here are some other interesting facts about odour:
Fact #1 – Sweat itself is not smelly. When we sweat, we attract bacteria on our skin, which combines with the sweat and produces bad smells. So blame embarrassing smells on the bacteria!
Fact #2 – Kids never smell bad. The only exception is when they just did a poop. For kids, body odour is rarely a problem until puberty strikes, and their sweat glands are activated. However, kids may have a problem with stinky feet, since it is the area that sweats most, and because feet are usually wrapped up and get to “breathe” less.
Fact #3 – Smell is one of the first senses a newborn learns to use. Newborns have a keen sense of smell. Studies have shown that within the first few days of life, babies will develop a preference for the smell of their own mother, especially to her breast milk.
Fact #4 – No one else in the world has your scent. Yes, you can go ahead and celebrate your scent. There’s no one else with the same smell as you!
Fact #5 – Smells play a part in the courtship process. Scientists have found that a person’s unique scent is one of the major factors in physical attraction between men and women. Some have even gone as far as to say that a person’s scent can be more of an influence to the relationship’s success than physical appearances. Believe it or not?
Fact #6 – Your diet can influence your odour. Here are some foods that may cause body odour. Since sweat actually removes toxins from your body, including those generated through the foods you eat, then it also makes sense to cut down the amount of toxins in our body by eating healthier.
Tips for preventing body odour:
- Taking a shower is an obvious and immediate solution, but it isn’t always enough to get rid of strong odour, or to prevent it from returning. You may need to use an antibacterial shower gel to eliminate bacteria on the surface of your skin.
- Use a loofah or bath towel to clean yourself thoroughly in the areas where you are more likely to sweat often.
- Wear clean and loose clothing with natural fibres such as cotton, to allow your skin to breathe.
- Eat a well-balanced diet.