Is Your Healthy Diet Making You Smell ?

In order to be clean, we all go through our typical routines; we brush our teeth, wash our bodies, our faces, our hair, cut our nails when necessary, and we go about our days knowing that we’ve contributed to our own health and hygiene. However, some of these simple tasks don’t always seem to get the job done. The body is sneaky in that it has a way of adapting a few stealth sources of body odor, whether from food, medications or certain health conditions. So, if you’re one that notices a little pungent aroma every now and then, it may not be caused by a lack of washing enough, but rather because of the things you’re eating.
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Paleo and low carb diets do the trick at getting you leaner, healthier and all around in good condition. This being said, what doesn’t come with all of the fancy promises of a better body and lifestyle is the fact that eating this way can often leave the body expelling some pretty bad aromas from time to time.

Because of the extremely low amount of carbs consumed in diets like these, the body is triggered to enter the semi-starvation state of ketosis. This is when fat is metabolized to provide fuel that the brain needs in order to function at a high level. This fuel typically comes from the large amounts of carbohydrates eaten throughout the day. Ketones, are a byproduct of this process, and the only way for the body to rid itself of them is through the breath and urine. The only way to really fix this is to consume more foods that contain carbohydrates including fruits, veggies, beans, nuts and whole grains.

Chlorophyll is responsible for making plants their bright green color. When ingested, it also acts as a natural internal body deodorant. Chlorophyllin, which is the form of chlorophyll found in some supplements, is known to inhibit certain malodors such as trimethyl amine and sulfur compounds within the body. Consuming chlorophyll-rich greens such as spinach and drinking wheatgrass or kale smoothies can help fight bad breath and odor.

The two main detoxifying organs in the body are the liver and the kidneys, when they become impaired in any way, so too does their ability to release the toxins that are stored in the body. The build up of these compounds often causes the body to release a foul odor. A 2011 review in the Journal of Biochemistry found that when volatile organic compounds are emitted from breath, sweat, skin, urine, feces and vaginal secretions, it is often a precursor to serious illness such as kidney disease or malfunction of the liver. If you’re unusually smelly, consult a doctor to find the root cause, it could be something serious.

Consult your primary care physician or chiropractor for any medical related advice.



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