So we know that good hygiene, including keeping your body clean -- from your hair and teeth to your skin and feet -- can help you feel clean throughout the day. But you can help yourself feel fresh all day, every day, by also eliminating certain foods from your diet.
Some foods make us stink. Strong dishes such as curries and chilies can be to blame, as are foods such as garlic and onions, cruciferous vegetables (such as broccoli) and some types of cheese. These foods contain volatile organic aromatic compounds that are most often to blame. Smell like the garlic from the Italian lunch you had? It's the volatile organic aromatic compounds that are released as part of our sweat.
Another food to blame for affecting how we smell is red meat. Researchers have found that men who refrained from eating red meat were considered better smelling than those who ate it regularly [source: Havlicek and Lenochova].
For more tips about hygiene and staying fresh, check out the next page.
- American Dental Hygienists' Association. "Want Some Life Saving Advice? Ask Your Dental Hygienist About Understanding and Eliminating Bad Breath." July 16, 2010. (Feb. 14, 2011)https://www.adha.org/sites/default/files/7234_Bad_Breath_Fact_Sheet_1.pdf
- Canning, Andrea, and Rich McHugh. "How Clean Are Your New Clothes? Find Out." ABC News. Good Morning America. Jan. 7, 2010. (Feb. 14, 2011)http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/gma-found-clothes-clean/story?id=9482373&page=1
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Hygiene Fast Facts." Jan. 29, 2010. (Feb. 14, 2011)http://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/hygiene/fast_facts.html
- Cotter, John. "Student wears unwashed jeans for 15 months." Toronto Star. Jan. 19, 2011. (Feb. 14, 2011)http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/article/924787--student-wears-unwashed-jeans-for-15-months
- Go Ask Alice! "Foot odor." Columbia University. Health Q&A Internet Service. Jan. 11, 2008. (Feb. 14, 2011)http://www.goaskalice.columbia.edu/0728.html
- Havlicek, J. and P. Lenochova. "The effect of meat consumption on body odor attractiveness." Chemical Senses. October 2006. (Feb. 14, 2011)http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16891352
- Larson, Elaine. "Hygiene of the Skin: When Is Clean Too Clean?" Emerging Infectious Diseases. March - April 2001. (Feb. 14, 2011)http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/eid/vol7no2/larson.htm
- Toda, Masahiro et al. "Change in salivary physiological stress markers by spa bathing." Biomedical Research. February 2006. (Feb. 14, 2011)http://www.jstage.jst.go.jp/article/biomedres/27/1/27_11/_article
- Medical News Today. "Is Your Daily Shower Blasting Your Face With Pathogenic Germs?" Sept. 15, 2009. (Feb. 14, 2011)http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/164004.php
- Metzler, Brian. "Sweat Equipment." Running Times Magazine. July - August 2007. (Feb. 14, 2011)http://runningtimes.com/Print.aspx?articleID=11294
- Mintel Oxygen. "Antiperspirants and Deodorants - US - February 2007." (Feb. 14, 2011)http://oxygen.mintel.com/sinatra/oxygen/index/&letter=1/display/id=226537&anchor=a226537/display/id=262586
- Nemours. "Skin, Hair, and Nails." October 2009. (Feb. 14, 2011)http://kidshealth.org/parent/general/body_basics/skin_hair_nails.html
- Saint Louis, Catherine. "The Great Unwashed." The New York Times. Oct. 29, 2010. (Feb. 14, 2011)http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/31/fashion/31Unwashed.html
- Shah, Riddhi. "Why do some foods make us smell funny?" Salon. June 23, 2010. (Feb. 14, 2011)http://www.salon.com/food/feature/2010/06/23/foods_that_make_you_smell_funny
- Unilever. "Understanding deodorant & antiperspirants." (Feb. 14, 2011)http://www.unilever.com.au/brands/hygieneandwelbeing/Understandingdeodorantandantiperspirants/
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