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Bad Breath From Low Carb And Low Calorie Diets

LOW CARB DIETS AND BAD BREATH Losing weight can be good for your overall health and well-being, but certain diets come with some undesirable side effects. For example, low carb and low calorie diets can cause acetone breath or so called “keto breath,” which is sometimes described as abnormally sweet or fruity breath. Acetone breath is a symptom of ketosis – the process in which your body starts to burn stored fat for energy instead of carbohydrates. Bad breath due to ketosis can also occur when you are not eating enough, usually in conjunction with fasting or doing a diet that is very low in calories. How do you prevent bad breath while dieting? When low carb and low calorie diets cause acetone breath, the only way to eliminate it in the long-term is to change your diet. Consider adding more carbohydrates to your diet, for example whole wheat breads and pasta, and brown rice, and make sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day to help flush out the ketones from your body. Good oral hygiene can also help alleviate bad breath temporarily while you are trying to lose weight. Continue reading >>

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  1. JayKid

    Keto Breath?

    How bad does it smell? Can you avoid it with gum or mints?

  2. Tuxd

    you breath should not smell. Thats a symptom of ketoacidosis which is totally different. your urine will smell because thats were your liver will dump excess but ketones won't be flooding your body high enough to cause your breath to change.
    Are you detecting a change in your breath?

  3. Jason762

    Ermm... You DO get keto breath. I don't know if others can smell it, but I know I can certainly taste it.
    Just like how RANK ass bad breath can be tasted, so can keto breath.
    I notice keto breath especially after hard cardio exercise and in the mornings after sleeping.
    Yes, gums and mints can be used, but make sure it is sugar free as it can kick you out of keto. Also, some people have reported being kicked out of keto with artificial sweeteners, but I myself have had no problems with it.
    Honestly don't worry about it. Girls will be too busy noticing your new hot bod to give a s**t about your breath.

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If You're On This Type Of Diet, You Probably Have Really Bad Breath

There's a lot of debate over which type of diet is the best for losing weight. While some people swear by loading their plates with Paleo-friendly foods, others feel that forgoing meat altogether and vegging out is the best way to keep the scale in check. If I could eat anything without turning into a whale, I would probably go on Regina Georgia's all-carb diet because let's be real, carbs are delicious. However, I've always been told that sugar and carbs are waistline enemy number one, so sadly, I've spent the majority of my life following a keto diet that avoids breads and pastas like the black plague. If you also happen to be on a diet that consists of mainly proteins and fat, I have some bad news for you. It turns out your low-carb diet can have a pretty terrible side effect. And no, I'm not talking about a severe case of bagel FOMO. The side effect I'm referring to is some seriously disgusting dragon breath. So, why do low-carb diets like Atkins, South Beach and the Ketogenic Diet all cause revolting breath? When your daily carb intake is less than 30 grams, your body goes into a metabolic state of ketosis. When this happens, your body stops metabolizing carbohydrates for ener Continue reading >>

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  1. holymolysoly

    I am on day 21 and my husband has remarked on several occasions that my breath is absolutely horrific and offensive. After some searching in this forum and online, it seems the most likely culprits are ketosis and acetone breath from the over-consumption of protein? I dont think either of these are possible culprits, but over the last few days, I have increased my starchy veggie consumption to two per day and my husband said it hasn't helped. I am a nursing mamma to an almost 2 year old, so I figured I could use the extra starchy veggie because he still nurses 4 to 6 times in a 24 hour period. I follow the meal template fairly strictly so I don't think I am lacking or overdoing it in terms of protein or plant based starches/carbs. I feel great and want to continue with a very slow reintroduction of just a few things but my husband said he can barely tolerate the next 9 days and he is looking forward to me eating "normally" and my bad breath issue resolving ASAP. Any suggestions ? I really would like to make this way of eating a lifestyle and the breath issue is the only impediment for me.

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    On July 25, 2016 at 10:12 PM, holymolysoly said:



    I am on day 21 and my husband has remarked on several occasions that my breath is absolutely horrific and offensive. After some searching in this forum and online, it seems the most likely culprits are ketosis and acetone breath from the over-consumption of protein? I dont think either of these are possible culprits, but over the last few days, I have increased my starchy veggie consumption to two per day and my husband said it hasn't helped. I am a nursing mamma to an almost 2 year old, so I figured I could use the extra starchy veggie because he still nurses 4 to 6 times in a 24 hour period. I follow the meal template fairly strictly so I don't think I am lacking or overdoing it in terms of protein or plant based starches/carbs. I feel great and want to continue with a very slow reintroduction of just a few things but my husband said he can barely tolerate the next 9 days and he is looking forward to me eating "normally" and my bad breath issue resolving ASAP. Any suggestions ? I really would like to make this way of eating a lifestyle and the breath issue is the only impediment for me.
    Hi,
    The most common culprits is ketosis but could also be from dehydration causing dry mouth which allows bacteria to breed.
    If would be most helpful if you would outline your last few days of food including portion sizes, specific vegetables/fat types and quantities, fluids, exercise etc. We can take a look and see if anything stands out.

  3. holymolysoly

    Thanks so much for the response. I generally walk between 5-7 miles a day and sleep is disrupted with several night time wake-ups since my son does not sleep through the night yet.
    Here's what my days have looked like:
    M1 - 3 scrambled eggs cooked in ghee
    1/3 of a 6 inch in diameter acorn squash drizzled with some EVOO
    1 trader joe's bag of organic spinach, steamed to yield about a cup
    1/2 cup coconut milk in coffee
    M2 - 3 turkey meatballs (each a bit smaller than a tennis ball),
    1 cup home made complaint marinara
    2 cups green beans (steamed)
    2 tbsp ghee mixed into marinara after cooking
    M3 - 1 and a half boneless skinless chicken thighs cooked into a curry with
    1 cup broccoli, 1/2 cup red peppers
    Served atop cauli rice with 1-2 tbsp of ghee mixed in after cooking
    Yesterday
    M1 - Fritatta made with 2 eggs, 1/4 cup ground chicken, asparagus, zucchini, onions, spinach
    roasted potatoes with herbs
    1/2 cup coconut milk with coffee
    M2 - Buffalo chicken spaghetti squash bake (PaleoOMG recipe)
    Mixed greens with tomato and cucumber, EVOO and balsamic
    M3 - ground turkey with 2 cups of veggies (same as in morning fritatta) with 1-2 tbsp of ghee mixed in after cooking
    I practice good oral hygeine and brush and floss twice a day. I have been carrying around mouth wash and using that several times a day as well. I can't tell that my breath smells bad. Also, I never had this issue before W30, and do not have any underlying medical conditions that could be causing this. My husband mentioned bad breath to me the last time I did a W30 in October of 2013, but he doesn't recall it being as severe as it is now. About a week ago, I ate squash or potato at every meal for 2 or 3 days and my husband said it wasn't as rancid but that he could still smell it.

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Bad Breath Remedies From The Kitchen: Don’t Just Cover It Up, Stop Halitosis At Its Source

Bad breath can ruin just about anyone’s day, and although we all suffer from it occasionally, regular spells of halitosis can be not only socially alienating but also indicative of underlying health conditions. It’s best to check with a doctor if you find your bad breath constantly makes an appearance. However, if the unpleasant odors remain even after you’ve sought professional help, here are some natural alternatives that may prove useful. While quick remedies such as gum and mints can mask bad mouth odors, most are not able to stop bad breath at its source: a buildup of food debris between your teeth, or plaque. In more rare cases, bad breath originates from another source. This is when it may be a telltale sign of a health problem. Certain conditions such as diabetes and kidney failure can also cause one’s breath to take on a peculiar scent. So what do you do if you don’t just want to hide bad breath but actually cure it? Drink Some Water! So often we invest in expensive complex products when the easiest solution to a problem is also the most simple. When it comes to bad breath, simply increasing the amount of fresh water you drink every day can do wonders. Dry mouths Continue reading >>

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  1. NYC-Hot-Stuff

    Bad breath as a sign of ketosis

    The item is from WebMD.com. I hadn't heard of bad breath as a possible sign of overdoing a low-carb diet and ketosis. Is the breath connection commonly known?
    "This can make your breath stinky:
    "Correct! You answered: A very low-carb diet
    "If you eat too few carbs, your body may have to burn fat for energy, and that creates acidic chemicals called ketones. These can make your breath smell fruity or like nail-polish remover. This is called ketosis, and it can become dangerous if too many ketones build up in your body."

  2. Cathy H.

    I learned about it back when Atkins Diet was all the rage, they talked about it a lot.

  3. Sai F.

    It's common, at least with all the people I know who have been following a low carb diet. It's because of acetone that is in both your urine (urinary acetoacetate) and breath, but it does go away after awhile. Thank goodness it's not permanent.

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