04 Mar 2004 21:55:47
Zgirl
weirrrd question

for the past few years i've noticed a STRONG and profuse smell of something
like ammonia stuck up my nose after i do any type of working out where i'm
sweating a lot.. it goes away usually after a couple minutes and i think i
notice it after a work out, not during. just wondering if this has happened
to anyone and what it is/ why it happens.





04 Mar 2004 22:56:02
JR
Re: weirrrd question


"Zgirl" <getsmackt@nomaill.com > wrote in message
news:w4GdnSAnKcSocdrd4p2dnA@comcast.com...
> for the past few years i've noticed a STRONG and profuse smell of
something
> like ammonia stuck up my nose after i do any type of working out where i'm
> sweating a lot.. it goes away usually after a couple minutes and i think
i
> notice it after a work out, not during. just wondering if this has
happened
> to anyone and what it is/ why it happens.


It can be related to ingesting large amounts of protein. Are you on a low
carb diet? Sometimes its related to that.

There are also a LOT of other reasons.


Check a google...




05 Mar 2004 04:00:56
Karl Hungus
Re: weirrrd question


"Zgirl" <getsmackt@nomaill.com > wrote in message
news:w4GdnSAnKcSocdrd4p2dnA@comcast.com...
> for the past few years i've noticed a STRONG and profuse smell of
something
> like ammonia stuck up my nose after i do any type of working out where i'm
> sweating a lot.. it goes away usually after a couple minutes and i think
i
> notice it after a work out, not during. just wondering if this has
happened
> to anyone and what it is/ why it happens.


I've experienced the same thing. For me, it only occurred when I resumed
running after a prolonged hiatus. Now that I'm back in the swing of things,
the problem (if, in fact, it was a problem) is gone. I'll be watching this
thread too, as you've piqued my curiosity!




05 Mar 2004 05:49:14
Ozzie Gontang
Re: weirrrd question

In article <w4GdnSAnKcSocdrd4p2dnA@comcast.com >, Zgirl
<getsmackt@nomaill.com > wrote:

> for the past few years i've noticed a STRONG and profuse smell of something
> like ammonia stuck up my nose after i do any type of working out where i'm
> sweating a lot.. it goes away usually after a couple minutes and i think i
> notice it after a work out, not during. just wondering if this has happened
> to anyone and what it is/ why it happens.


From my archives:

On Mon, 2 Oct 2000, Nancy H. Towle wrote:

> Sam, Ozzie and others,
> Please elaborate on the "well-known occurrence of an ammonia smell or
> protein
> catabolism." I've noticed this smell when I run, and have wondered why
> I smelled this way ; ) ???
> Thanks!
>

Proteins are long strings of amino acids. When proteins are
metabolised,
or broken down, they are converted to their building blocks, namely
amino
acids. Amino acids are composed of a carboxyl group (COOH), a hydrogen
(H) atom, a variable side chain (the distinguishing feature among amino
acids), and an amino group (NH2) all attached to what is called an
alpha
carbon atom.

When amino acids are metabolised, the amino group comes off yielding
ammonia (NH4+). Ammonia is toxic to the body and has two fates, both
which pass through the liver. In the liver certain enzymes can use
ammonia in the biosynthesis of new amino acids, nucleotides (the
backbones of DNA and RNA), and other biological amines (nitrogen
containing compounds). The other fate of ammonia is excretion through
the
conversion of ammonia to urea. Unpleasant as it might seem, one of the
major roles of our skin is excretion. Therefore the running or exercise
induced "ammonia smell" is most likely due to excretion of urea with
perspiration.


Hope that helps.


Patrick

>
Sam wrote: >
> > It is probably an ammonia smell. Ammonia is a by product of protein
> > catabolism. This seems to be a well-known occurrence.
>


05 Mar 2004 15:32:33
runmum
Re: weirrrd question


Not so weird since it seems to be asked regularly. Thanks for the
response, Ozzie.

I wanted to add that if you are wearing synthetic clothes (Coolmax,
etc.) like many runners do, the smell is harder to get rid of than from
natural fibres. I found that washing with washing soda and regular
detergent helps, as well as drying on a clothes line if possible.

I have seen people wearing fancy running/athletic type clothes when they
are not running ("I AM AN ATHLETE" fashion statement?) and I cannot
imagine that they wear these clothes for real athletic pursuits. Mine
get quite clean but they do still smell when I start to sweat. Not a big
problem on the roads but not pleasant at the crowded Farmer's Market.

Donna



05 Mar 2004 11:44:32
Miss Anne Thrope
Re: weirrrd question

Yeah, as if joggers needed any more help in the "turning people off"
department.



05 Mar 2004 09:15:25
Open piper
Re: weirrrd question

Time for a douche.

"Zgirl" <getsmackt@nomaill.com > wrote in message news:<w4GdnSAnKcSocdrd4p2dnA@comcast.com>...
> for the past few years i've noticed a STRONG and profuse smell of something
> like ammonia stuck up my nose after i do any type of working out where i'm
> sweating a lot.. it goes away usually after a couple minutes and i think i
> notice it after a work out, not during. just wondering if this has happened
> to anyone and what it is/ why it happens.


05 Mar 2004 12:23:33
KingsXman
Re: weirrrd question

runmum <runspammumdown@outrunningyahoo.ca > wrote in message news:<4048AB9D.7020604@outrunningyahoo.ca>...
> Not so weird since it seems to be asked regularly. Thanks for the
> response, Ozzie.
>
> I wanted to add that if you are wearing synthetic clothes (Coolmax,
> etc.) like many runners do, the smell is harder to get rid of than from
> natural fibres. I found that washing with washing soda and regular
> detergent helps, as well as drying on a clothes line if possible.
>
> I have seen people wearing fancy running/athletic type clothes when they
> are not running ("I AM AN ATHLETE" fashion statement?) and I cannot
> imagine that they wear these clothes for real athletic pursuits. Mine
> get quite clean but they do still smell when I start to sweat. Not a big
> problem on the roads but not pleasant at the crowded Farmer's Market.
>
> Donna

I experience a funny "taste" when i try running after i've been
getting out of shape. I used to think of it as tasting my lungs.
hhmmmm.

You said it was a smell. I noticed it to be more of a taste. Would you
say that you almost taste it? just a thought.


06 Mar 2004 15:37:21
Zgirl
Re: weirrrd question

yer funny

"Open piper" <funkeeeeeee@hotmail.com > wrote in message
news:f5d86c90.0403050915.7d48038@posting.google.com...
> Time for a douche.
>
> "Zgirl" <getsmackt@nomaill.com> wrote in message
news:<w4GdnSAnKcSocdrd4p2dnA@comcast.com >...
> > for the past few years i've noticed a STRONG and profuse smell of
something
> > like ammonia stuck up my nose after i do any type of working out where
i'm
> > sweating a lot.. it goes away usually after a couple minutes and i
think i
> > notice it after a work out, not during. just wondering if this has
happened
> > to anyone and what it is/ why it happens.