Discover what an unpleasant odor of the vagina, feet or mouth can reveal about your health

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Each of us has its own body odor, whether it’s feet, mouth, sweat or even vagina for women. When these odors are particularly unpleasant and disturbing, they can hide health disorders. Discover what these smells can reveal about your state of health.

The pores of the skin are connected to glands that produce sebum or sweat. These are the sweat glands, which eliminate the heat produced by the body by secreting water. This sweat contains several volatile and odorous compounds.

The smell is mainly due to the presence of bacteria, but it is possible to detect molecules that come from the nature of food such as curry, garlic or onion. A diet too spicy impacts the smell of perspiration.

In addition, the bacteria responsible for these odors live on the surface of the skin and are generally numerous in the folds and areas covered with hair such as the genitals or underarms. These bacteria feed on molecules secreted by sebum, or dead skin. They produce gases responsible for odors more or less strong, according to the people.

In addition, in some cases, unpleasant body odors can be considered as genetic diseases.

Find out what body odor can indicate and how to fix it:

The vagina

Why does the vagina have an odor? The vagina is acidic, the pH of the vaginal flora varies between 4 and 4.5 in order to prevent the development of pathogenic bacteria. The vaginal flora includes microbes that cover the mucosa and protect it from bacteria.

The smell of the vagina changes. It depends on the period of the cycle, the stress, the hygiene or the food. Indeed, researchers of the University of Oregon have noted that certain foods with a rather strong perfume like the onions, the garlic, alcohol, spices or too much animal protein could affect the smell of your vagina. So favor foods like fruits, seeds and vegetables.

An unpleasant smell of the vagina can also be a sign of infection. Indeed, this may indicate a viral infection such as herpes or a fungal or bacterial infection. So do not neglect the smell that can clear your vagina; if it seems suspicious, consult a specialist.

An irreproachable hygiene makes it possible to avoid these inconveniences. On the other hand, hot baths are to be avoided because they kill the natural bacteria and disturb the vaginal flora. Also avoid douching because they alter the flora, which increases the risk of infection. It is also advisable to pay attention to your diet by avoiding too spicy dishes and consuming less sugar.


Sweating occurs depending on circumstances such as heat, physical activity, emotions or stress.However, excessive sweat production is not a sign of good health, it may indicate an infection, hyperthyroidism, hypoglycemia or diabetes. If the smell is unpleasant, it is mostly due to hairy areas of the body and poorly ventilated.

Diet also plays an important role because sweat is composed of:

• Sebum

• Mineral salts

• Water

• Lipids

• Proteins

To avoid any unpleasant smell, it is advisable to avoid consuming:

• Too much garlic or onion

• Too much cheese

• Coffee

• Chocolate

• The dishes too spicy

• Animal proteins

In addition to food, it is also advisable to have a good personal hygiene. For people who sweat excessively, a daily shower is the bare minimum. If you follow these tips and sweat is struggling to diminish, consult a specialist.

Bad breath

Bad breath affects 25 to 50% of French people. The bacteria in the mouth are the main cause of bad breath. They feed on proteins and release volatile sulfur compounds that are responsible for the bad smell. A diet too rich in protein or spicy and an incomplete brushing of the teeth favor the multiplication of this kind of bacteria.

In addition, it may also indicate the presence of cavities or gum disease. Chronic sinusitis may also be the cause: sinus pus may smell bad and run from the nose to the mouth, causing halitosis. Finally, some medications or digestive disorders may be responsible for bad breath.

To remedy this, brush your teeth for 2 minutes at least two or three times a day, also use dental floss. Opt also occasionally for natural tricks such as baking soda at the time of brushing, or apple cider vinegar diluted in mouthwash. Finally, a sprig of mint or parsley is very effective in getting rid of bad breath momentarily.

The feet

Excessive and unpleasant sweating of the feet may indicate:

• A skin disease

• Diabetes

• Fungus

• Mushroom

Several factors can promote perspiration of the feet such as:

• Tiredness

• Excessive heat

• The stress

• Overweight

To avoid this kind of inconvenience, prefer quality materials for shoes and cotton for your socks. If you do not cure the sweat of the feet, it will mix with bacteria and cause fungi or fungal infections. There are natural tips for dealing with this kind of problem, such as a cider vinegar footbath or a sage and rosemary bath for at least 15 minutes.

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