How to Solve a Stinky Problem

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We’ve all been there: a first date where you have to secretly check your breath; a nerve-wracking job interview that has you sweating through your shirt; that moment you get home from a long day and take off your shoes…

Let’s face it: we’ve all stunk at one point or another. Everyone experiences bad breath, smelly pits, and stinky feet from time to time. But do you know why these things stink sometimes? And better yet, how do you address them so can avoid foul-smelling body odor? At Greater Life Chiropractic, Dr. Grant Lisetor is committed to holistic care and whole-body health, which sometimes means addressing everyday woes like stinky bodily odors.

Bad Breath

Most people think of morning breath when they think of bad breath, or halitosis, as it’s scientifically known. But even though halitosis might be worse in the morning, you can have bad breath at any time for a variety of reasons. Most of the causes of bad breath aren’t due to underlying disease, but simply because of dehydration, poor dental hygiene, and consumption of certain foods.

To avoid bad breath, make sure you’re taking proper care of your mouth by drinking plenty of water, flossing and brushing after you eat, and brushing your tongue to rid your mouth of everyday bacteria that cause foul smells. Additionally, according to the Mayo Clinic, avoiding things like onions, garlic, and certain spices can cut down on bad breath. If you’re a smoker, reducing your smoking habit cuts down on your risk of developing gum disease, which is a leading cause of bad breath.

If you’re following good dental hygiene practices and still experiencing bad breath, consult your dentist. Your dentist can refer you to a physician if they believe you have underlying health issues contributing to bad breath.

Stinky Feet

Just like the rest of your skin, your feet are covered in sweat glands. As we go about our daily lives and as we exert energy, our feet sweat in our shoes and socks which creates a damp environment, ripe for bacteria to develop and cause that all-too-familiar foot odor.

To minimize your foot odor, alternate your footwear so your shoes have time to properly air out after each use. If possible, wear breathable socks and shoes that discourage moisture and bacteria growth. If you do wear shoes with socks, make sure you wear thick socks that are moisture-absorbent. This will also cut down on the amount of moisture hanging out in your shoes, creating odors. Lastly, make sure you scrub your feet and between your toes when you bathe. These little crevices can be optimal breeding grounds for bacteria. Make sure to completely dry off before putting on socks and shoes again.

Smelly Underarms

Poor hygiene is the number one cause of underarm smells. Strenuous activity or stressful situations can cause your sweat glands to produce more sweat, which when in close contact with hair follicles, can produce that signature underarm odor.

To prevent underarm odor, Healthline recommends showering daily and paying close attention to keeping your underarm area clean. Using an over-the-counter antiperspirant and deodorant and wearing loose, breathable fabrics will help wick sweat away. Additionally, a 2016 study shows that shaving or waxing your underarms significantly reduced bad odor.

Chiropractic care is a great way to optimize your health even more, which when paired with these stink-reducing approaches, can maximize your wellness even further. Contact Greater Life Chiropractic in Charlotte to learn more about neurologically-based chiropractic care and how it can help you.


Lanzalaco, A., Vanoosthuyze, K., Stark, C., Swaile, D., Rocchette, H., Spruell, R. “A comparative clinical study of different hair removal procedures and their impact on axillary odor reduction in men.” Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, 2016 Mar; 15(1): 58–65.


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