An unpleasant and persistent penis odor is a major issue for many men, and one that can be off-putting to potential partners.
A man may have scored big points for his charm, looks, wit and other factors, yet lose them all when he drops his trousers and a strong stench emanates forth.
Proper penis care is definitely needed to address this problem, and that may include making a change in one's diet.
Penis odor of varying degrees is common among men, and for several reasons. The hair surrounding the penis creates an "insulating" factor which increases the likelihood of sweat. The fact that blood rushing to the member during states of erection increases the heat quotient also contributes, as does the common practice of enclosing the manhood beneath both a pair of trousers and a pair of underwear. All this makes for a heated situation, creating sweat and adding bacteria to the area which results in odor.
However, some men find that making alterations in their diet can have an effect on their overall odor issues, including those specifically related to the penis. This is because what is consumed by the body has an impact on what is released from the body, including what is released through the sweat glands.
With that in mind, the following are a few tips on changes to the diet that may help reduce the pungency of the penis odor a man produces.
One of the biggest factors affecting general odor is dehydration. When a man does not drink enough water, his system doesn't get "flushed" properly. It is easier for odor-causing bacteria to become concentrated and therefore be more potent. Also, there is less chance for the broken-down food components to become more diluted and less strong.
How much water should a person drink every day? This is difficult to answer, as it ultimately depends on a person's height and weight, level of activity, amount of sweat produced, etc. However, the general guidelines from the Institute of Medicine recommend 13 cups (about 3 liters) every day for an adult male.
A man can also receive hydrating benefits from other fluids; clear juices are best for this. Coffee and tea can have an odor-enhancing effect.
Many fruits help to produce a more appealing smell, while at the same time assisting with the hydration issue. Among the fruits recommended for helping to fight odor are plums, pineapple, oranges, grapefruit, lemons, limes and mangoes. So adding some lemon or lime to one's water helps provide an extra boost.
A number of herbs are recommended for a more appealing aroma. Chewing on a few spearmint leaves or adding a little cilantro to the diet can make a difference.
Beware: Fish and some vegetables
While it's good to include fish and vegetables in the diet, some are more likely to cause odors; figuring out the proper amount to eat and still maintain a healthy balance between diet and odor is helpful. Among the vegetables to approach with a degree of discretion are asparagus, broccoli, onions, garlic and Brussels sprouts.