Ever since I've gone paleo, I notice that I suffer from body odour a lot more.
I never used to have sweaty or stinky armpits and now I have them on a regular basis (grooossss). I've tried various deodorants and antipersperants, even those Pit Rok mineral deodorants and homemade deodorants made with baking soda and coconut oil, but I always end up with body odour.
WOuld eating lots of red meat cause more body odour? I'm completely stumped!!
are you a very actice person? maybe you're magnesium deficient.
I'm not an expert on this but when I started supplementing magnesium, my body odor disappeared completely.
didn't find a really good article about magnesium + body odor but it's mentioned here: http://www.ayurvediccure.com/home-remedies/bodyodor.htm
Interestingly, one thing that made my personal scent less strong was increasing my physical activity. I noticed, over time, that despite sweating more, the more I exercised, the less... ummm.. pungent my personal scent became. I'm half Sicilian, so, as someone of Mediterranean descent, there's the tendency to have a very strong personal scent. It's easier to notice changes in mine, since I've never been able to use commercial soaps/detergents/perfumes, etc., to cover it up, because of allergies. I theorize that, when I'm exercising regularly, bacteria doesn't have as much opportunity to pool in the pores, because they're being flushed regularly. shrugs I don't know... I just know that getting and staying more active made my personal scent less strong.
I've also found that bathing in Dead Sea Salts (unscented, authentic -- not simply "bath salts") twice a week helps to balance my skin bacteria and results in a less pungent personal scent.
Dr K talks about the relationship between sweating and magnesium deficiency here:
The gist is that the 'metabolism of carbohydrates and fats requires numerous magnesium-dependent chemical reactions.'
He lists sources of Mg depletion:
So, while you can play around with Mg dose levels, you can also try to eliminate or reduce sources of its depletion.
People do smell differently when they eat different things. Was paleo a drastic life change for you? (Like, were you vegan or vegetarian immediately before that?) I'm not sure if the odor you are experiencing is actually bad or just not what you are used to. Are other people commenting on your odor or moving away from you when you sit down near them? If you have stinky b.o., that has to do with sweat and bacteria as Sara S. pointed out. But, your body may just smell different now that you are eating different foods. You may just need some time to adjust to the new smell.
Is it at all possible that you do not smell more, but that your olfactory system is working better with a paleo diet? So you notice the smell more but it's not actually any worse...could explain why nobody else notices.
Are you wearing a lot of synthetics for clothing? Something that I saw in another thread here mentioned smelling worse when you sweat wearing synthetics. It's not really something I noticed before, but when I did a n=1 a few times exercising in synthetics vs cotton, whew, yah that's nasty...
I've used baking soda and cornstarch in my pits since I was a teen (read it in Dear Abby). It's amazing, cheap, and totally biodegradable. Slightly extra messy in the bathroom though. In the beginning I made a paste of the baking soda, but that can tear up the skin. I keep it in tiny tupperware containers, and after I'm dry, I just pat some on; baking soda first, then cornstarch.
I'm thinking your hormones could be shifting and that could contribute. My age has definitely shifted things. I can now go an occasional day without anything in my pits with no noticeable stink.
I wonder if adding the exercise would amp your metabolism a bit and help things 'move' more quickly and not stink so much.