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Maybe I'm the only one but.... Too often I experience a bad odor whenever I'm constipated or I'm having another bout with IBS. It's almost like I'm passing gas, but I know that I haven't, and the more I'm conscious about it, the worse and stronger the smell becomes. You can't imagine the torturous effect this has on my life at work, school, church, or anywhere I am when this phenomenon strikes. I almost have to psych myself out when I'm around a group of people or in tight spaces, which makes me think that part of the problem is in my head. Is there ANYONE out there who has gone through this, or am I alone on this one?
 

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You aren't alone.I remember seeing others post about this as well although I could not locate it when I did a search. Also, have you tried taking Breath Assure (works on Garlic odors in the stomach, perhaps other odors as well?), Probiotics or Digestive Enzymes?Info taken from: http://www.health911.com/remedies/rem_bodyo.htm Possible CausesDietary imbalances, resulting in constipation or a deficiency of magnesium may be other causes of body odor. Because of a person's body chemistry, some people who eat large quantities of meat or who are vegetarians have a very distinctive body odor which can be quite offensive. Some individuals cannot metabolize foods containing large amounts of choline, such as eggs, fish, liver and legumes. The result is a "fishy" smell. If you are one of these people, cut out these products and see if this is the cause of your odor. Certain foods and drinks, such as onions, garlic, coffee and alcohol, are prime causes. Dietary changes are also very important in eliminating various sources of odor. Certain foods, such as meat, onions, garlic, exotic spices, and drinks such as coffee and alcohol can lead to body odor. Try eliminating these from your diet for a week or two and see if this makes a difference. - before and after you start eliminating certain foods. Tobacco Although we have mentioned it in the Bad Breath section, tobacco use is a major cause of body odor. Not only does it come back through your lungs, but it comes through the skin. It probably mixes with other elements of your body's chemistry to create a distinct odor. If you stop smoking it may take several weeks for the body to rid itself of odor causing substances.SupplementsChlorophyll One or two chlorophyll tablets or chlorophyll liquid taken with each meal may also help, as chlorophyll is a great deodorizer. Magnesium Take magnesium supplements or augment your diet with food sources high in this important mineral. Between 200-500 mg of magnesium have been recommended. You will have to try different doses until you get the amounts that are right for your body. Vitamins A high-potency B vitamin (50 mg or higher), when combined with magnesium, will help reduce certain secretions that can be a cause of odor. Make sure you are getting 100 mg of PABA and 100 mg of B6. Zinc If you have body odor, try taking zinc tablets. Zinc, plus magnesium, will help balance your body's metabolism and reduce the cause of bad odor. Studies have shown that taking 30 to 50 mg daily will dramatically reduce certain body odors, although you may need less. Zinc may also reduce perspiration and sweaty feet. However, it is wise to go above 15 mg only with a doctor's supervision as zinc may interfere with the absorption of copper, another essential trace mineral.RemediesFolkParsley/alfalfa Chewing parsley, alfalfa and other leafy greens will help neutralize body odor, probably because of the deodorizing effect of the chlorophyll. Wheat grass Take 500 mg of wheat grass daily on an empty stomach and wash down with a glass of water. The chlorophyll will dramatically reduce body odor. Also info. and remedies for Constipation: http://www.health911.com/remedies/rem_consti.htm
 

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Hi try the pain, gas and bloating sight at the bottom of the page where you typed your post. If I remember correctly there's a fair amount of discussion about your symptoms there. Hope you get some help.Mary
 

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DVA, when I am having constipation problems I FEEL stinkey. so basically, I try to make sure I have a BM once in each 24 hours. Additionally, by making your food intake less processed you will have cleaner waste processing through your body.A cleaner diet and lots of water and maybe a few probiotics will help with your situation.Also, using a loofa or any other type of exfoliation with your bath will help too_Our skin processes a lot of our body toxins so one of the keys to smelling good is exfoliating the whole body and then treating the skin with a good moisturizer.Kamie
 

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Thanks for all of your comments and suggestions. This whole mess started up during my sophomore/junior year of high school. There's no question it affected my learning and concentration (especially during certain classes), because I'd be sitting there going, "What the heck is that smell? Is it me? Does anyone else smell it too?" On and on in my mind this went, until I discovered that yes, other people did smell it. You can't imagine the discomfort and embarrassment that brought for the next two years of high school. I'm a little better equipped to deal with the situation now, but it's still just as embarrassing when the flare-ups come.
 
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I traced my "odor" to a loose crown. sorry... I guess that doesn't help much but it's true.You may also be afflicted with chemical sensitivity. That is often relieved with antidepressane medication.Regards, Evie
 

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Have you read the Pain/Gas/Bloating forum ?Several people there have the odor problem including me. I can only imagine what it would be like going to HS like this.
Mine didn't hit until I was out of school for a while, but I did hear remarks at work, and everywhere else I went. That was 40 some years ago. Until I can here I didn't find anyone who had the same thing. Now I am trying probiotics, as a few people have had luck with them.I don't really notice the smell but others let me know about it .
 
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