We've all seen how dogs sniff each other's butts when they first meet. It seems weird but that's just their way of identifying new dogs and recognizing each other. Luckily us humans don't need to do that when meeting and remembering people since we can rely on physical appearance. But that doesn't mean smell doesn't still play an important role in our social interactions.

How someone smells can definitely leave a lasting impression on anyone and can even overshadow your physical appearance. No one wants to smell bad but sometimes it happens and you might not even know why. Our bodies are complex systems and something that might seem completely unrelated could actually be affecting your natural scent. These are 5 unexpected things that can be making you smell bad.



Stress is just not good for you. When you're stressed, your body reacts physically. It can lead to sweating which in and of itself is not very desirable in most situations. But this won't be just any sweat. People have two different kinds of sweat glands which are activated for different reasons. The apocrine glands are triggered when you're stressed and the sweat these glands is much more potent than regular sweat caused by working out or just being hot. All the more reason to try meditating or destressing activities!



Red Meat

We hate to break to all the Ron Swansons out there but too much red meat can make you stink. It takes a lot for our bodies to digest meat and the enzymes that are required to break it down can mix with skin bacteria to create some really funky odors. That extra effort to digest it can also cause you to break out in a sweat. That's right, meat sweats are an actual thing and they're not pretty. We're not saying to go full vegan, but it wouldn't hurt to cut down on red meat if you're giving off some serious funk.



Allergies and Sinus Infections

When you have allergies and sinus infections, your nose and sinuses can get inflamed making it easy for bacteria to grow there. Bacteria is the cause for bad smells so if enough accumulates, you can start to have bad breathe. Since this bacteria is coming from your sinuses and nose, brushing your teeth won't necessarily guarantee solving the problem. One of the best ways to help is drinking a lot of fluids which can help your body fight the infection/inflammation and get rid of the smell.



Spicy Foods

Foodies beware, spices might be your taste buds' best friends but they can be your nose's worst enemy. A lot of spices like curry or garlic will make you smell not just with bad breathe but through your actual skin. It all has to with the components that make them and how they interact with your body. A lot of them will get stored in your body fat and seep into your sweat and saliva over time. It won't be long before you have curry sweat if you're a fan of it.




This is probably the last thing you'd expect to make it on the list but alas, here we are. The thing about deodorants is that they're designed to prevent the odor-causing bacteria to grow on your skin but they don't stop you from sweating. So if you're a heavy sweater, there can be more bacteria than what your deodorant is able to fight back. Antiperspirant on the other hand actually helps prevent you from sweating at all meaning it's easier to keep the bacteria in check. If you really want to cover your bases, you can try a combo deodorant/antiperspirant product for maximum protection.


In an ideal world we'd all smell like heaven. We might not be able to accomplish exactly that but keeping these factors in mind can still make sure you're smelling your very best!