According to Berkeley Wellness, when you consume alcohol, most of it is metabolized by the liver into acetic acid. However, a bit of that alcohol is released through your sweat and your breath (hence breathalyzers). This smell is worse the more you drink, so if you don't want that distinctive stale bar smell, limit your imbibing. Here are 17 tips on cutting back on alcohol.
As most of us know, fish is seriously great for your health and contains glorious amounts of omega-3s, aka the "good" fat. The downside? A 2007 report in the JAMA Network found that people with an unpleasant body odor tested positive for an inability to break down the food-derived compound (trimethylamine). Folks with this metabolic disorder—called trimethylaminuria—will develop a fishy odor when they eat fish and other high-protein foods.
Asparagus is mostly known for making urine smell terrible. (Find out why that happens.) Often compared to boiled cabbage, this scent is the result of your body breaking down the sulfuric compound, mercaptan, which can cause your body odor to suffer as well.
Curry and cumin
You may want to think twice before ordering the tikka masala: Strong spices such as curry and cumin can wreak havoc on your body's natural odor, according to Medical Daily. This advice rings even truer for pregnant moms; a prenatal diet that regularly includes spices like curry and cumin could possibly affect a newborn's body odor. Instead, try cardamom, an aromatic seed from the ginger family that leaves behind a much more pleasant aroma.
It's safe to say that you don't have to be an expert nutritionist to know that garlic stinks. This stench can be chalked up to allicin, another sulfuric compound that is released when garlic is cut or crushed. After consumption, it quickly breaks down in the body and converts to other odiferous substances that mingle with bacteria and seep out in your sweat. However, some recent studies have actually indicated that this smell may be construed as sexy by some, so we'll let you be the judge. If you're trying to get rid of garlic breath, here's how.