Amelia Grant

I am Amelia Grant, journalist, and blogger. I think that information is a great force that is able to change people’s lives for the better. That is why I feel a strong intention to share useful and important things about health self-care, wellness and other advice that may be helpful for people. Being an enthusiast of a healthy lifestyle that keeps improving my life, I wish the same for everyone.

What Our Body Smell Tells About Our Health

Smells are one of the most recognizable signs nature gave us. Animals use smells to tell others about themselves, mark their territory or give hints to potential partners. Although we are a highly intelligent species, we’re still animals and our bodies work according to nature’s eternal laws. 


Even now the language of smell is relevant. First, it plays an important role in understanding what kind of person you like and can be sexually attracted to. These are pheromones, active substances that our body produces. We may not feel them but other people do. It still works! There are even special perfumes that claim to contain pheromones to attract other people. 


Sometimes you can feel that someone’s smell irritates you, although it isn’t bad or unpleasant. This is a sign that you and this person wouldn’t make a good match. Even now, when we fly into outer space, invent AI and other things, we remain animals deep inside.


There are also other important signs reflected in the body’s smell. It’s the health of the person. If the smell of someone’s body has changed, that means some big changes are going on in this body’s functions. Mostly they are conditioned by hormonal balance but there are other reasons as well. Let’s observe the most common causes of such weird changes.


Feet smell

If your foot started to smell bad all of a sudden, this may mean a fungal or bacterial infection. They can appear on our feet if we don’t follow the rules of personal hygiene and don’t pay enough attention to keep our feet always clean. Sometimes feet can have a bad smell because of poor quality synthetic footwear.


Bad breath

An experienced doctor can diagnose a periodontal disease as soon as the patient enters the office. This disease can be a problem on its own or may occur as a symptom of deeper systemic diseases like a weak immune system, diabetes, etc. 


Armpit smell

The smell of sweat is natural in this body area, but sometimes it changes into a stronger and unpleasant smell. This can happen due to poor personal hygiene or an unhealthy diet. Some spices can also affect our body's smell. But it may also be a symptom of an endocrine disorder, renal disease or even cancer. Go to the doctor to find out the cause if you or someone else notices this.


Head smell

This type of smell refers to your head rather than hair smell. Some medications may affect this smell. If you don’t take any medications and the smell has changed, this may be due to poor hygiene. If your hygiene is good, fungal or bacterial infection may be to blame.

Genital smell

An unpleasant smell from genitals is a very concerning symptom. Genitals have their unique smell but it isn’t unpleasant. If you take proper care of your intimate hygiene, this may be a sign of infection and requires a doctor’s consultation. 


During menstruation or hormonal transformation, like teenage years, menopause or elderly age, the change in body’s smell is understandable and doesn’t mean disease if there are no other warning symptoms. Be attentive to yourself and your closest people and don’t ignore the warning signs of body smell.