You’re slightly pungent after a hard Spinning class or garlicky dinner.
But there are some less expected factors–like how quickly you get dressed in the morning, the amount of carbs you eat, or whether you snore–can also affect your Body Odor, breath, gassiness, and more. Here’s how to fix it:fiber,
1. You Don’t Towel Off After Showering
A speedy post shower rubdown may end up causing a problem later on.
That’s because moisture can get trapped between folds of skin, like below your breasts, under your love handles, or even between your toes. Since there’s no access to air there, it’s easier for bacteria and fungi to multiply and mix with sweat, causing odor and irritation.
Fix it:After you dry off, set a blow-dryer to cool and wave it over your belly, groin, feet–anywhere that gets uncomfortably sweaty.You can also sprinkle an absorbent powder with antifungal properties onto your skin or in your shoes.
2. You Love Spicy Foods
Foods with pungent ingredients, such as curry, garlic, and other spices, can not only cause bad breath, but also a bit of a body odor.
When digested, these foods produce several stinky sulfur-containing gases. Most of these byproducts are metabolized in the intestines and liver, but some, such as allyl methyl sulfide, are absorbed into the bloodstream and released through your lungs and pores, an effect that can last for a few hours or more.
Fix it: You can temporarily mask bad breath with mouthwash or by chewing a bit of fresh parsley, mint, or fennel seeds, but you’ll have to wait until your body is done digesting before all the odor is completely gone.
3. You Brush–But Only Your Teeth
Neglect your tongue, and your breath may not be as fresh as you’d like.
Your tongue is covered with thousands of small hairlike projections called papillae, which can trap and harbor tiny scraps of food. So even if you brush and floss regularly, small remains from your meals can hang behind, collecting bacteria and emitting hydrogen sulfide vapors aka bad breath.
Fix it: Mouthwashes may help, but the best way to remove bacteria, dead cells, and food debris from the crevices of your tongue is with an inexpensive tongue scraper. Brushing your tongue with a soft-bristled toothbrush works well too. Gently clean as far back as you can without gagging. Also, switch to a toothpaste that contains chlorine dioxide or tea tree oil, a powerful disinfectant with a pleasant, eucalyptus-like smell.
4. You’re Under Serious Stress
When an urgent project drops on your desk, sweating is part of how your body naturally handles the pressure. Hectic days at the office can produce those same sweaty palms and sticky underarms.
Fix it: Try sage tea. It contains the astringent tannin and several antiseptic compounds that may act to calm down the sympathetic nervous system, which is what triggers all those stressy symptoms. Sage tea should reduce overall perspiration if sipped frequently in small quantities throughout the day. To make it, steep 1 to 2 teaspoons of coarsely powdered dried sage leaves in hot water and leave covered for 10 minutes to ensure all the active ingredients have been released.
5. You’ve Upped Your Fiber Intake
Fiber-packed foods are great for your health, but they may leave you feeling a little gassy. Unfortunately, the reason some fiber-rich foods–such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and beans–keep you feeling full longer is the same reason that they can cause gas. This type of fiber, called soluble fiber, doesn’t get digested until it reaches the large intestine (other foods typically get digested in the small intestine, earlier in the digestive process). Here, healthy bacteria in your gut break down the fiber, which produces hydrogen, carbon dioxide, and even methane. Eventually, these smelly gases have to go somewhere–and they often exit in the form of flatulence.
Fix it: Add these foods to your diet over a few weeks so your body can adjust. If you use a fiber supplement, be sure to take it with at least 8 ounces of water and drink plenty of liquids throughout the day–fiber won’t move easily through the digestive system without it.