AMMONIA ODOR OF THE SWEAT
by Lawrence Wilson, MD
© November 2010, The Center For Development
Some of our clients have complained of an ammonia odor of their sweat, at times. Here is an explanation for this phenomenon:
á Kidney weakness. Ammonia is NH3, and is an excretory product of the body related to nitrogen elimination. The kidneys are supposed to eliminate it, and it often gives the urine its odor, in part. If the kidneys are weak, the body may divert some of the ammonia to the skin and eliminate it through the skin, causing the odor.
á Increased protein breakdown for some reason. Ammonia is related to protein breakdown which releases nitrogen. Increased protein catabolism commonly occurs during a nutritional balancing program as toxic tissue is torn down as part of the healing process. It can even be a part of the mental and spiritual development process, as some tissue is replaced in the brain and elsewhere.
á A need for more water. One factor that may stress the kidneys and prevent normal ammonia elimination through the kidneys is impaired hydration. This may be due to not drinking enough water, or drinking a type of water that does not hydrate the body well enough, such as RO water or other, or consuming sugar, fruit, alcohol or caffeine, which tends to deplete the body of water.
á A low sodium/potassium ratio. This imbalance on a hair mineral analysis, is associated with protein breakdown, and with kidney stress. So it may be part of the cause of excessive ammonia elimination.
These follow from the factors mentioned above. To correct the kidney weakness, a nutritional balancing program will usually suffice. One can add Renamide, 2-2-2 or even more for a while. The Na/K ratio will also improve with a properly designed nutritional balancing program.
If the cause of the ammonia odor is a healing reaction, it will pass, assuming a person is following a properly designed program.
For the hydration problem, be sure to drink 3 quarts of spring water daily. Distilled water for a few weeks may help, but should not be continued longer than this, as it will begin to demineralize the body. Stop consuming alcohol, caffeine and sugar in all forms, including a lot of fruit.