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What's that smell? Oh..it's me...

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Created May 01, 2012 at 11:17 AM

Since going Paleo and supplementing with fish oil and upping my protein intake I feel I smell horrific. It's actually getting to a point where I'm becomming quite self conscious about it because it seems to encompass me. Is it due to poor quality fish oil? Has anyone else experienced this? Is there anything to make it stop or at least subside?

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on May 22, 2012
at 08:27 PM

If you're funky down south are you sure you don't have BV or a yeast infection?

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on May 01, 2012
at 03:22 PM

Some people live in places where it's hard to find the right kind of foods to balance out the ratio. I pay more per kilo of supermarket chicken than what a lot of people on here seem to pay for grassfed beef. I dare not think how much, grass fed beef would be here (especially as there is no grass here most of the year and the only cows I've seen were dairy cows).

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on May 01, 2012
at 01:05 PM

True, but coming from a diet high in n-6 your ratios will be completely out of whack. Taking fish oil for a while can help repair that imbalance.

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on May 01, 2012
at 01:03 PM

Omega-3 kills my libido, my sleep and makes my skin better, but probably because my fish oil contained vitamin D, vitamin A and cholesterol. It's not necessary to "balance" PUFAs if your diet is low in it. And your diet should be low in it.

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on May 01, 2012
at 01:02 PM

More on Peskin: http://www.westonaprice.org/know-your-fats/brian-peskin-and-efas

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on May 01, 2012
at 12:48 PM

There will always be a few oddballs. Peskin thinks that ALA is what everyone should be taking, despite the fact that only ~5% of it is converted into EPA, which then can be converted into DHA. EPA/DHA has been shown to be hugely beneficial in numerous studies, ALA is the lame parent that has to be converted.

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on May 01, 2012
at 12:30 PM

Well I guess you could apply deodorant to your crotch too, I guess I noticed the pits cause they are closer to my nose.

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on May 01, 2012
at 12:05 PM

nope ... it's not just my arm pits that are the problem...think lower...

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on May 01, 2012
at 12:03 PM

Oh really?? I thought everyone was pro the Omega-3 thing...guess not then??

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on May 01, 2012
at 12:01 PM

Yes, I agree. And stop eating fish oil. Please Google "Brian Peskin" for details. Way too much information to even attempt here.

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on May 01, 2012
at 11:39 AM

Probably the fish oil. I would not take it. It's pure PUFA, and that will more likely damage you than help you. I would even go so far to beg you to stop it, it killed my libido.

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on May 01, 2012
at 01:46 PM

To echo the majority: it's not the fish oil. If you're concerned or know that your fish oil is cheap, I recommend Carlsen's: I don't even get fish burps with it. Also, straight oil like Carlsen's is typically better quality than gelcaps, and one way or the other it needs to be stored in the refrigerator/freezer.

If you're super stinky, it probably is excess protein. Ketosis will certainly alter your smell, but usually if it's on the bad side, that's excess nitrogenous waste that your kidneys are having trouble processing and excreting. This means you sweat ammonia and urea instead of peeing it out, which can make you smell like, well, cat pee.

VLC is completely possible with relatively small protein intake (10-15%), as long as you're eating enough fat. Avocados, bacon, coconut oil, and mozzarella are easy ways to get more fat if you're having trouble (I know many of us struggle at first with figuring out how to eat fats without crackers or breads as a vehicle).

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on May 01, 2012
at 11:28 AM

Could be the fish oil, could be the protein, or it could be ketosis if you are fairly low carb.

Try varying each variable to isolate the problem. For example, stop the fish oil to see if it makes a difference. If not, add back the fish oil and add some carbs, etc. Make each test one to two weeks.

Frankly, I'm no longer a fan of fish oil supplementation. Just eat some fish now and then...

And 15% of calories as protein is enough for most people. 20% for athletes is plenty. If you are seriously calorie restricting, then the percentage should be higher (so that the amount stays constant).

And ketosis, well not much you can do about that except to add some carbs. If you are trying to lose weight, you can try adding a few carbs to see if you can still lose weight. Dr. Atkins suggested bumping up by 5g/week until weight loss stops and then backing off a little. YMMV.

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on May 01, 2012
at 12:28 PM

I'm very pro on Omega3s, just not poor quality (oxidized) Omega3s.

'Rotten' food should always be avoided.

I'll admit I'm a fan of Krill oil for Omega3 supplementation... but I'd prefer just to get it from Real Food.

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on May 01, 2012
at 11:54 AM

What are your macros? If you've gone very low carb (ketosis) that's definitely will alter your scent. Excess protein means more nitrogenous waste, meaning stinky stuff excreted.

Not likely the fish oil.

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on May 01, 2012
at 11:53 AM

I had that problem when I was eating low carb, had to apply deodorant four times a day, went away when I started eating more carbs. Doubt it is the fish oil.

59fa7cd87fb9d669adf21e5cf3e7ada5

on May 01, 2012
at 12:30 PM

Well I guess you could apply deodorant to your crotch too, I guess I noticed the pits cause they are closer to my nose.

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on May 01, 2012
at 12:05 PM

nope ... it's not just my arm pits that are the problem...think lower...

595664fed314cfd5a8e34af0f026ca95

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on May 22, 2012
at 08:27 PM

If you're funky down south are you sure you don't have BV or a yeast infection?

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on May 22, 2012
at 11:08 PM

Maybe your fish oil is rancid? I have no idea if that can cause bodily stinkiness, but it's good to check it for rancidity in any case. If you have capsules, then bust one open and give it a good whiff and a taste. It should taste and smell clean and pure. Keep your fish oil in the fridge.

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