What determines the smell of sweat?

A large number of living beings on our planet have sweat glands, including a human who sometimes doesn’t smell really good. In this issue we will explain what this very smell depends on.

Let’s start with the fact that our sweat includes a large number of different substances. In the first place, of course, it is water, then minerals, lactic acids and urea. And even with such a diverse composition human sweat is almost odorless. The fact is that the formation of body odor is caused by the bacteria that live on the skin of each of us. They become increasingly plentiful in a sweaty environment, and the ones who emit a foul odor are the products of their livelihoods.

If we talk about synthetic clothing, consisting, for example, of polyester or acrylic – which is more likely to seal moisture – in this case bacteria are multiplying even faster, and in a few hours the smell becomes very sharp and concentrated. The same can be said about low quality artificial leather and cheap footwear – both shoes and cheap sneakers – where no leg ventilation is provided.

Food, of course, can also affect your sweat. A high content of garlic or onion in the food will not only spoil your breath, but also significantly change the body odor. The same applies to such spices as curry or cumin, which give a specific smell of sweat in case of increased perspiration. Especially noteworthy are meat products. Unlike vegetarians, those who consume meat-based food in large amounts have a much more intense body odor.

In conclusion, we would like to say about medicines. They can also make the smell coming from you quite unpleasant. According to studies, a part of antidepressants, drugs based on morphine and even aspirin can sometimes increase sweating, which may in turn accelerate significantly the appearance of unpleasant odor.