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What causes an ammonia smell on your body after you work out or walk 2+ miles?

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Dr. Robert Palumbo
Sports Medicine

In brief: Common in runners

Ammonia comes from the breakdown of amino acids, the building blocks of proteins.
It is made up of hydrogen and nitrogen . The body breaks down protein and converts it to glucose to use as fuel and nitrogen is the waist product. Nitrogen is usually converted to urea by the kidneys and excreted(pee'd) out. If the kidneys can't handle the load it is eliminated out the body through sweet.

In brief: Common in runners

Ammonia comes from the breakdown of amino acids, the building blocks of proteins.
It is made up of hydrogen and nitrogen . The body breaks down protein and converts it to glucose to use as fuel and nitrogen is the waist product. Nitrogen is usually converted to urea by the kidneys and excreted(pee'd) out. If the kidneys can't handle the load it is eliminated out the body through sweet.
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