Sunday, December 27, 2009

How To Smell Good From The Inside Out

We all think that we smell good, but the true judge of that are actually people who can smell you. Sometimes in that rare occasion we can smell ourselves. If you are noticing a foul odor from your body and you’ve just bathed, perhaps the smell coming from your body is actually coming from inside of you and nothing you do on the outside can help it.

Well I do believe that ABC Nightly News a few years back about a young attractive woman afflicted with chronic bad odor and the terrible impact it had on her life. The disease is called Trimethylaminuria (TMAU) due to ones inability to break down foods producing trimethylamine (TMA) in the digestive system into its odorless form trimethylamine oxide (TMAO). People can actually lose this ability over time as well.

There is no cure but scientists are working on it. I was curious about the story and did a bit of research on the Internet. According to my findings some people can alter their bodily scent by following a special food regimen to help the digestive system break down TMA. It startled me, but it also brings to light the sentiment, “You are what you eat.”

o Before starting a new eating regimen you’ll need to get rid of any possible foul smelling TMA in your body. Get a safe detox kit or natural cleanse (stay away from drugstore laxatives). Detoxing any existing TMA in your digestive tract will ensure that your efforts will work most effectively. Lots of water will help as well. Any good detox kit or cleanse will take approximately 3 days.

o Fortify your digestive tract with probiotics, chlorella, and spirulina once your digestive tract is empty.

o Help your body’s N-oxygenation process that encourages the body produce the odorless TMAO by taking vitamin B2 (Riboflavin), chlorophyll (considered a natural internal deodorizer), and cooper daily. You'll want to take this first thing in the mornings so your body can fight odor all day.

o Shorten and minimize the length of time foul smelling TMA stays in your digestive tract with a gentle natural laxative, activated charcoal or high fiber. Again, water can also help this along.

o Avoid eating large quantities of foods that produce TMA containing choline, nitrogen, sulfur, and lecithin. These foods are barley, wheat, beans, potatoes, saltwater fish, tomatoes, cauliflower, eggs, bread, oranges, coffee, and meat. It’s impossible to avoid all TMA forming foods but do your best to keep them at a minimum in your diet.

o Great TMAO friendly foods are rice, egg whites, corn flour, celery, carrots, berries, cucumbers, kale, lettuce, squash, zucchini, apples, grapes, lemons, limes, pears, spinach, almonds, shiitake mushrooms, crimini mushrooms, asparagus, pineapple, onions, pickles, parsley, turnips, and beets.

o Ask someone you trust to smell you to see how you are progressing. Simply smelling yourself will not be accurate.  Remember that the breath is the principal indicator of "foul play" in your digestive system so you might want to have it checked by your designated smeller first.

o Give your new diet some time to work and be patient with yourself if you are having trouble sticking to the diet. Try, try again. It could take months to get your digestive system to play along.

Some great off site resources for you to do your own research on TMAU and possible alternative treatments:
o Wikipedia
o Foods with TMA causing choline 
o Livestrong: Low Choline Content Foods 
o ABC: Model Who Smells Like Dead Fish (The original story that inspired me.)


  1. Actually almonds and to some point grapes are not TMAU friendly foods. The almonds have high protein and therefore choline content, the situation with grapes is similar but they have medium content. The problem is people can ingest much more fruit at one time so they both do more harm than good.

    1. Thanks for sharing! So two less things to eat in the diet. ugh.