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Why Do We Have Such Bad Body Odor?

Body odor: we all hate it, but we’ve all been there. What causes body odor and can our diet play a role in how we smell?

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The Skin Microbiome:

“The skin is the human body’s largest organ, colonized by a diverse milieu of microorganisms, most of which are harmless or even beneficial to their host. Colonization is driven by the ecology of the skin surface, which is highly variable depending on topographical location, endogenous host factors and exogenous environmental factors.”

Can Food Cause Body Odor?

“All of us have our own “odor signature,” largely determined by genetics, overall health and, of course, personal hygiene. But what we eat can also play a role-which is why researchers who do studies on human body odors routinely tell their subjects to avoid foods thought to affect the results.”

The Effect Of Meat Consumption On Body Odor Attractiveness

“Axillary body odor is individually specific and potentially a rich source of information about its producer. Odor individuality partly results from genetic individuality, but the influence of ecological factors such as eating habits are another main source of odor variability. However, we know very little about how particular dietary components shape our body odor. Here we tested the effect of red meat consumption on body odor attractiveness.”
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