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Managing Foot Odor with Diet

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How to manage foot odor Most people are familiar with the old saying “you are what you eat.” It makes sense that your body has to use the food you consume to build and replace tissue, but studies from Cambridge University show that there is correlation between nutrition and brain functioning as well. That might not be terribly surprising—think for a second about how poorly you perform after a greasy, fast food meal—but here’s one that might catch your attention: food can affect how your feet smell. This means that you might want to look into managing foot odor with a change in your diet.

As with any dietary management, there are two ways of looking at the situation – foods to avoid and foods to eat. To help manage your foot odor, you want to stay clear (or at least limit) such food and drink options as:

  • Sulfur-Containing Foods – This is more an example of wanting to limit your choices, instead of outright avoid, because many are actually quite healthy. Broccoli, cabbage, onion, and garlic are examples of foods that contain sulfites or are broken down into sulfur-like compounds.
  • Sweat-Inducing Foods – Spicy foods and those with hot temperatures (coffee, soup, hot cocoa, etc.) can lead to perspiration and stinky feet. Cutting down on these will help improve foot odor.
  • Refined Carbohydrates – “White” foods (rice, pasta, bread, pastries, etc.) contain flour and refined carbohydrates that lead to unpleasant odor. Further, these foods are often stripped of nutrients and may be detrimental to your overall health.

Conversely, you can improve odor with various nutrients, including those found in:

  • Fruits – Citrus fruits, in particular, produce sweeter foot and body odor.
  • Chlorophyll-Rich Foods – Kale and other leafy, green vegetables are high in chlorophyll, which is proven to remove odor-producing toxins from your body.
  • Herbs – Peppermint, rosemary, and parsley are particularly effective at neutralizing odors, and sage aids in reducing sweat.
  • Zinc – Zinc-rich foods like wheat germ, pumpkin seeds, peanuts, and dark chocolate contain the essential mineral that prevents foul odor.

Dietary choices have an impact on the health of your feet beyond how they smell. Want more information about dietary choices that put you in the best position for optimal health? Richardson Podiatry Associates can help! Contact us today by calling (972) 690-5374. Even better, schedule an appointment with our Richardson, TX office by filling out our online form.

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