How Nutrition Affects Body Hygiene

SF Gate—November 1, 2014

A well-balanced diet supplies the nutrients necessary for good health, but what you do and don't eat can also have a significant impact on your hygiene. Poor diet can increase the risk of bad breath, dental decay and even foot odor.

Smelly Feet
A zinc deficiency can contribute to foot odor, according to Dr. Jordan Metzl, a sports-medicine physician at New York City's Hospital for Special Surgery and author of "The Athlete's Book of Home Remedies." Eating foods rich in zinc, such as oysters, meat, fish, poultry, legumes and sunflower seeds, can help combat smelly feet.

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