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"That Ammonia Smell"(2 posts)

"That Ammonia Smell"filtersweep
May 28, 2002 7:14 PM
OK- "I've read on the net" that after a heavy duty workout, that ammonia smell that seems to come from inside the nose is from the body breaking down proteins for energy... and that seems to make sense. However, I have yet to see this documented by any legitimate source, online or otherwise.

Anyone know of any good source of info on this topic?
re: "That Ammonia Smell"steve-z
May 29, 2002 6:28 AM
I always experience this in the shower after riding. I also combed the net for info, and got a consensus that it's from protein metabolism, but none on whether its something to worry about or not. The opinions ranged from "See a doctor ASAP", to "Don't worry about it." Even in Dr Baker's "Bicycling Medicine" (excellent source, imho) he says no more than "its thought to be associated with protein metabolism" but no recommendation for action. Could this be something that's not quite understood?