Stress and food may contribute to body odor, research indicates

Poor hygiene may lead to body odor. Health experts, however, said that foul smell may also be associated with emotional stress and the type of food one eats.
Date Posted: Mar 1, 2017

Poor hygiene may lead to body odor. Health experts, however, said that foul smell may also be associated with emotional stress and the type of food one eats. 

“Naiiba talaga ‘yung amoy dahil sa diet, lalo na ‘yung pagkain ng spicy food,” Dr. Gerald Belandres, a practitioner of general occupational medicine, said. 

“Dahil sa stress, nagkakaroon din ng ibang amoy ang isang tao,” he added. 

According to a book titled "Fresh" by Davis Guttmann, there are different types of sweat. Of all odors, the most unpleasant is the stress sweat, the book said. 

This is because the sweat produced by the stress-activated gland may contain bacteria, protein, and fatty acids. When all of these compositions are mixed in sweat, it produces an unpleasant smell. 

To prevent germs from developing into body odor, Belandres advises keeping proper hygiene. 

“Maligo dahil importante ang good hygiene. Gumamit ng antibacterial soap para at least naman ma-eradicate ‘yung [bacteria sa skin] at maalis ang [mabahong] amoy ng isang tao,” Belandres said.

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