So, what causes body odours?
When you perspire, bacteria on your skin breaks down the acid in your sweat, causing it to give off an odour. The longer the sweat remains on your skin, the more the bacteria can break it down. Bad breath, or halitosis, is mostly caused by poor dental hygiene. If food particles are left in the mouth, bacteria breaks these down and produces sulfur compounds.
Smoking, tooth decay and alcohol can also cause bad breath. Flatulence can be caused by foods and medical conditions, such as IBS, constipation and indigestion. Foods, such as brussel sprouts, cabbage, lentils, beans and apples, which are carbohydrates that can’t be digested in the intestine, are broken down in the colon by bacteria. This produces a gas, which is then released as flatulence.