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This is the last step among the getting started guide. I'll finally be tackling on the "Internal solution" for stinky feet, which is the effect of our diet and lifestyle on foot odor. I'll first classify this last step into " Factors affecting the amount of sweat" and "factors affecting the smell of the sweat".
Factors Affecting the Amount of Sweat
Since sweat is the root cause of stinky feet, understanding how our internal factors can affect the production of sweat can go a long way in remedying foot odor. Following are a few common factors which will affect the amount of sweat produced:
- Alcohol Intake
- Greasy, Spicy, Fried Food
- Zinc Deficiency
All these factors will increase the amount of sweat produced. More sweat means more bacteria and more decomposition and hence more odor.
What you need to do is straightforward. You need to reduce or stop alcohol intake, smoking, drugs, greasy, spicy and fried food. At the same time you need to increase zinc consumption and don't often put yourself into unnecessary stress. But if you keep on suffering from stress, you should visit a doctor for this. It may lead to more serious medical issues.
I know these habits like smoking are easy to say but hard to change. If you are determined to cure your stinky feet while making yourself more healthy at the same time, you should really put in time and effort to change these habits. You can ask friends or family members to help you as well.
Factors Affecting the Smell of Sweat
Factors affecting the smell are mainly from the foods we consume, very similar to the factors affecting body odor. (After all, foot odor is a kind of body odor.)
1. Foods To Eat
- Include pumpkin, carp, green beans, pearl barley and corn in the diet
- Foods that are high in fiber like fruit and leafy vegetables
- Chlorophyll rich food
- Herbs such as mint, peppermint, parsley, sage and rosemary (contain chlorophyll)
Chlorophyll is a compound that aids in the neutralization of many odors before they’re processed and emitted through the skin in sweat. So basically it helps our body to get rid of existing toxins which will contribute to foot odor. (Most leafy vegetables contain chlorophyll)
Sage is a herb that aids in reducing sweat, leaving less chance for smelly compounds to reach the surface of your skin. You can put sage (powder) inside your shoes before you wear them. Alternatively, you can use sage for foot soak in warm water to kill bacteria and reduce smell. I've also heard people drinking sage tea before going to bed which may help as well.
2. Foods To Avoid
- Protein rich foods such as eggs, fish and red meat
- Yeast and sugar
- Refined carbohydrates and low carbohydrates food
Just like having smelly fart, eating foods that are high in protein can contribute to the the smell of the sweat. This is because protein contains compounds that will produce bad-smelling substance after broken down in our body.
When there are too much yeast and sugar in our body, it may contribute to bacterial growth.
According to Dr. Robert A. Kornfeld, the founder of the Institute for Integrative Podiatric Medicine:
"Diets high in refined carbohydrates will often serve as food for bacteria and fungus in the body. The body intends to rid itself of bacteria through dead skin cells. However, when they collect in the skin of the foot through perspiration and are enclosed in a shoe, the odor can become extreme."
Low carbohydrate is also not good as people tend to consume more proteins when on low carbohydrate diets. This will then link back to the effect of consuming too much protein.
Anyway, just remember that don't over-consume anything and consume more chlorophyll and fiber rich foods. This is the general guideline. It helps with your overall health as well.
Other factors that affect the smell include:
- Personal Hygiene
Basically, the tips above that help reduce foot odor also improve your health. Genetic is the one that we can't really change. But personal hygiene is something that we can work on immediately. Personal hygiene also has a strong relationship with your health. So if you want to get rid of foot odor. It's time to make yourself especially your feet clean!
Stinky Feet Checklist
- Sweat + Bacteria
- Fungal & Bacterial Infection
2. Maintain Good Foot Hygiene
- Clean Your Feet With Antibacterial Soap
- Give Your Feet a Foot SPA
- Dry Your Feet Well After Washing
- Utilize Surgical Spirit
- Use Antiperspirant Foot Spray
- Apply Zinc Cream
- Shave Excessive Hair
- Don't Wear Shoes Without Socks
- Keep Your Toenails Trimmed and Clean
3. Taking Care of Foot Gear
- Don't Throw Your Shoes in a Dark Cabinet
- Change Your Shoes and Socks Daily
- Wash Your Socks Inside Out
- Use Shoe Freshener
- Choose The Right Insole
- Wash Your Shoes
- Use A Shoe Dryer
- Wear Open-Toed Shoes
- Wear Clean Leather or Canvas Shoes
- Wear Cotton or Wool Socks
4. Home Remedies
- Sprinkle Powder into Your Shoes
- Soak Your Feet
- Scrub Your Feet
5. Diet & Lifestyle
- Avoid Bad Lifestyle Habits
- Foods To Eat
- Foods To Avoid
Some general reminders include exercise regularly, drink plenty of water, consume less meat and more vegetables. After all, sometimes foot odor is an indication of more serious medical issue to you. Your body does give you alert and warning before anything gets more serious. It's just whether you are observant enough to pick up the signals your body is giving you. This not only applies to foot odor. It applies to all health related issues.
This final step pretty much concludes the step-by-step guide on remedying stinky feet. But it doesn't end here. You can find more information at my blog posts. I'll be giving you more insights and details to combat foot odor with different kinds of methods. I'll also be reviewing some products related to foot odor.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for reading my guide so far. I sincerely wish that you can eliminate your foot odor as soon as possible.
With my thorough guide, I'm sure you can do it. But one thing to keep in mind is that you need to do your part as well. Start taking care of your feet and take consistent actions. You can't remedy this issue by just taking action for one day or one week. So, one tip for you is to make this process something you can look forward to everyday. Plan out the steps you want to take using this step-by-step guide and make it relaxing and refreshing. There's always one thing I would recommend to others and that is the Foot SPA machine I mentioned in Maintaining Good Foot Hygiene. It really makes washing, soaking and massaging feet a pleasurable and refreshing experience.
Thank you for reading. Should you have any questions or opinions about this step or this guide, please leave them in the comment below and I'll be more than happy to discuss with you.
Founder of Stinky Feet Solutions