Why does my sweat smell like ammonia?

But just Why does my sweat smell like ammonia?

How many times have you gotten out of the gym, only to realize that you smell like a chemical reaction gone bad? Or maybe you aren’t in the gym; you’re at work on a hot day, and suddenly, you notice all of your co-worker’s noses wrinkling. Taking a whiff out of your armpits, you can smell the reason why everyone seems to be inching away from you.

But why does it smell so badly of ammonia? You’ve smelled other people’s sweat at the gym before; it was musky, but not that bad. So, why do you smell like a failed, rotten experiment? Well, there are many reasons why your sweat might smell like ammonia.

Most of the time, this can be a direct cause of something that you ate. For example, if you eat a lot of pungent food, such as curry or garlic, you might notice that your sweat can feel a little bit off. However, if you smell ammonia, there’s one big reason for that: you ate too much protein and too few carbs.

Here’s the thing: ammonia is produced naturally when proteins break down. This is a normal part of your digestion, as your liver turns it into urea. Every time you pee, you smell a bit of ammonia; it’s natural.

However, when you eat a lot of protein, your liver won’t have time to break it down and send all of it through your urine. So, what happens then? The ammonia builds up in your body and escapes through anywhere else it finds possible.

In this case, the obvious answer is sweat – because similar to urine, sweat is the next best way to rid your body of toxins. If you are also dehydrated, the smell is even more concentrated.

In the end, the answer to this is “you are what you eat.” If you want to stop smelling like ammonia every time you sweat, you might want to tone down on the meat and protein. Eat some veggies instead, and stay hydrated.

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