Body odor is caused when the body has accumulated toxins that it can not eliminate through the urine or stool. As a last resort, it eliminates those toxins through sweat, which then causes a foul body odor to occur.
Body odor has become a norm for most people, as they have learned to control it with proper personal hygiene such as showering frequently and using deodorants and antiperspirants.
But for many, body odor can be a nightmare, as they are unable to control the offensive odors. They can shower several times per day, but the odors keep coming back. When this happens, the odor is usually brought on by a disease.
Kidney and Liver Diseases
The kidneys and liver are the main elimination organs that eliminate harmful toxins from the body. When they begin to slow down, the toxins begin to accumulate in the body, and are then forced to come out via the sweat. As a result the body odor increases.
Diabetic ketoacidosis occurs when someone with diabetes does not receive enough insulin. Insulin is needed in order for the glucose to enter into the cells of the body. But when not enough insulin is present, fat cells are used to help the glucose to enter. The breaking down of fat cells creates ketones, which in excess amounts contributes to a fruity smell on the breath, as well as a foul body odor.
Any type of infection such as skin infections, urinary tract infection and yeast infections can contribute to a foul odor.
Obesity also contributes to body odor, as many toxins are trapped in an obese body. These toxins are unable to leave body due to slow bowel movements and thus they are forced out of the body via sweat.
Cancers of the uterine can cause a foul smelling discharge.
A metabolic disorder is when a person is unable to break down all the food particles and turn them into energy. The particles that it can not break down become toxic and thus are accumulated in the body, only to be forced out via the sweating mechanism.
Gastrointestinal disorders such as constipation can cause harmful toxins to accumulate in the body, and thereby contribute to foul odor.
Overactive Thyroid Glands
Overactive thyroid glands can cause the body to sweat excessively. The more the body sweats, the more toxins are released, and thus the odor increases dramatically.
When the body goes through certain hormonal changes such as puberty and menopause, the body odor is also increased.