What Causes Body Odor & Chemical Imbalance?

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What Causes Body Odor & Chemical Imbalance?
Underarm odour is produced when hexenoic acid is exposed to bacteria. (Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of Gregg O'Connell)

Embarrassing body odour is often a symptom of a chemical imbalance within the body. If you experience bouts of excessive sweating, you may be suffering from a chemical sensitivity, hormonal fluctuations, or even a faulty metabolism.

Chemical Sensitivities

Mineral deficiencies are commonly caused by chemical sensitivities. Low levels of magnesium and zinc in the body tend to result in the presence of foul breath and body odour in sufferers of chemical sensitivities.


Hormonal fluctuations related to the onset of puberty, menstrual cycles, or menopause cause body odour to occur. Such fluctuations may cause excessive sweating, particularly at erogenous zones located at a person's armpits, genitals, and feet.

Metabolic Disorders

In rare cases, body odours are related to a body's tendency to overproduce chemicals that are required during common metabolic processes. Paediatric specialist Dr. Robert Needlman cites that an error of metabolism can create a chemical imbalance "in the course of converting nutrients into energy or while getting rid of unnecessary chemicals."

Bacterial Activity

Underarm odour is caused when a chemical produced by the body, hexenoic acid, is exposed to bacteria. Human skin contains billions of harmless bacteria.


Toxic fluids that are displaced because of inefficient kidney or liver performance emit sharp odours through a person's breath or even through the pores of the skin.

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