Attacking the problem from the outside with soap and cologne didn’t give the sweet smell of success, so I thought I might try it from the inside instead.
My father often reminded me of the proverb that a snake is immune to its own venom, but in my experience most people are aware of the foul scents they leave behind. This problem is often exacerbated in a gym, where the combination of sweat, freshly released hormones, natural body heat and a lack of clothing combine to turn what could have been a minor nose tickle into a five-alarm funk.
But if this is you – and you find yourself leaving behind a trail of rancidity that falls somewhere between Pig-Pen and Pepé Le Pew – what should you do? Interestingly, some people are starting to suggest that you can look up specific sets of vitamins to fight the problem from within.
How natural is my body odor?
Well, let me put it this way – it should be much more external than internal.
Simply put, one of the reasons why sweat and unpleasant odors are interconnected in most people’s minds is that sweat has the ability to amplify unpleasant odors. Most foul body odors are produced when sweat mixes with bacteria on the skin. So if someone hasn’t washed recently – or even worse – hasn’t wiped properly, the potential for creating unpleasant odors is multiplied.
Alternatively, if your body odor has an internal cause, it could be related to a medical condition. A host of illnesses are linked to foul odor emissions, including diabetes, gout, kidney disease, and liver disease. If you notice your body giving off a foul odor and you can’t attribute it to a logical root cause, it may be worth getting an evaluation from a doctor.
Can’t vitamins help me fight my BO?
Sort of, but probably not the way you think.
If you suffer from a shortage of specific nutrients, your body may function suboptimally and possibly degenerate in some respects, which only contributes to odor-producing conditions. Specifically, your body’s inability to regenerate skin cells or other cells outside of your body can cause bacteria-causing dead cells to accumulate on your skin, creating an environment where foul odors can be easily generated.
Assuming that the not-so-fresh smells emanating from your body are caused by a shortage of the right micronutrients, it’s worth considering increasing your intake of vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin E. All three play a role in development, maintenance and recovery of skin cells. And so, again, if you don’t consume any of these vitamins at proper levels, breakdown of your skin can result, along with an unpleasant odor.
Great! Anything else I should know?
Only one: There is a very small chance that your body odor is theoretically caused by too of a specific vitamin: B1, also called thiamine. Granted, it would probably be difficult to consume enough B1 to elevate it to the level of an odorant, but it can be excreted through the skin if consumed in very high doses, creating an odor that won’t win you over. . a lot of friends.
So, no, vitamins won’t drive nasty odors out of your system, but they can make it easier for you to keep your exterior looking its best, bacteria-free. If that’s not enough, please see a medical professional to make sure the stench you’re emitting isn’t an indicator of something far more nefarious lurking beneath the surface. Because if the cause of the odor lies within you, it’s going to take something much stronger than a vitamin to get rid of it.