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Help! Very Strange Taste In My Mouth!!!

I'm the OP No, I'm not pregnant. I was, and now have a 1 year old. I never stopped taking the prenatal pill because of what it does to my hair, skin, and nails and we may decide to have another child. I haven't had any adverse affects, but the metallic, battery taste comes and goes. Come to think of it, I've only noticed it the last year. I haven't taken my pill yet, I normally do late afternoon or after dinner. I'm going to see if it starts up again once I take it. Thanks for the suggestions! Friday, March 09, 2007, 4:44 PM Help! Very strange taste in my mouth!!! I found this comment on the URL posted below: Blood cells contain hemoglobin which carries oxygen. When blood breaks down, iron is released and causes a metallic taste in mouth. Bleeding can be from the gums, sinuses or nose. The taste can get especially bad when someone has post nasal drip and the dried blood sticks to the back of the throat. If bleeding gums are the cause there is often bad breath associated with the bad taste. Another uncommon reason for a metallic taste in mouth is due to small electric currents in the mouth. When two types of metals are used in two different dental fillings a battery can be created. Continue reading >>

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  1. serendipideez

    I've been enjoying reading posts people have made about ketosis, because my husband is complaining a lot about my breath and is very worried about my health on this diet. I'm a 39 year old female and have been eating paleo for about 6 months. I have lost about 8 pounds (went from 112 to 104), but I like being thin. My husband, however, is worried about my weightloss, and wants me to change my diet because of my breath... He tells me my breath is "weird" and smells like a strong "chemical" and that sometimes he doesn't want to kiss me. I don't like the metallic taste in my mouth either. So I started eating a lot of fruit and squash every day and that seems to help tone down the chemically breath sometimes.
    So two questions:
    Does anyone else have an icky "metallic" taste in their mouth due to ketosis? And is this a dangerous sign?
    Is it unhealthy or dangerous to one's health to be in ketosis often...? My husband worries that it could potentially be breaking down my muscles and/or putting strain on my organs if I don't eat more carbs...?

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    Quote from: serendipideez on July 17, 2012, 10:11:49 AM
    So two questions:
    1) Does anyone else have an icky "metallic" taste in their mouth due to ketosis? And is this a dangerous sign?
    2) Is it unhealthy or dangerous to one's health to be in ketosis often...? My husband worries that it could potentially be breaking down my muscles and/or putting strain on my organs if I don't eat more carbs...?

    1) I did when I was VLC and in frequent ketosis, along with constant thirst. It's just a sign that you're in ketosis, it's the ketones on your breath and not necessarily dangerous....but...
    2) For some women, it can be. Keep a very close eye on your menstrual cycle and your weight loss. If your periods become irregular or stop, or you frequently feel fatigued and cold, then you need more carbs.
    The reason behind this is, is that when you're VLC and in ketosis you hardly ever spike your insulin even slightly. This can lead to your body thinking that it's not getting enough food, and the lack of insulin leads to low leptin and low active T3, (thyroid) the result being that you stop losing weight and your body shuts down your reproductive capabilities. (You also will have high levels of t4, as the rT3 is converted to this instead of active T3. Being in ketosis a lot is quite demanding on the liver)
    Add some more starch! (as you have done). You can be low carb and maintain weight without being in ketosis all the time. If you don't need to lose more weigh then it's not necessary. You probably need 40-70g carbs a day
    104 - lucky you!

  3. serendipideez

    Wow, thank you so much for the helpful information! I really do appreciate it. This is really intestesting to me, and I would like to learn more about this. My doctor recommended the paleo diet to me in the first place because my insulin is very low. Ironically, my Thyroid T3 levels are also very low... (I'm on 60 mg of Armour Thyroid daily for this). I almost always feel cold and have raynauds (both of these symptoms since I was about 13 yrs old, way before starting paleo diet). However, my menstral cycle is relatively normal... but some months very painful cramping, and other months none at all. I have no idea about the current condition of my liver... But I'm very interested in how this diet could be affecting my liver. If you have any recommended readings for me to learn more about ketosis or any potential dangers to my liver or thyroid, I would be grateful for you to pass them along. Thank you again!!

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Why The Bitter Unpleasant Taste In My Mouth During My Low-carb High-protein Low-fat Diet?

When you are on a low-carb diet one of the possible side effects of ketosis (breakdown of fat into ketones) might be an unusual taste in your mouth commonly described as a metallic taste, usually accompanied by bad breath. Once the ketones get into your urine and saliva, it can cause a bad taste. One positive is that when you taste that flavor, you know your body is using fat for fuel. The process of ketosis tends to remove water from our bodies which can dry out your mouth making the situation worse. So, the more water you drink the less likely you are to experience the bad taste / breath. Generally though, the taste is always there. You do get used to it, and there are things such as sugarless gum or mints that can help. If you have 5 small meals each day instead of 3 large ones, that helps as well. The more your mouth has to process and use saliva and drink water, the more likely you will taste the food you are eating and not your mouth. Continue reading >>

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  1. Ketosis breath

    I'm starting a diet that will have me in ketosis. Exactly how bad am I going to smell, and is there anything I can do about it besides chew gum?

  2. —Anonymous

    Gross. Stay in the fucking house.

  3. —Anonymous

    What made you decide to destroy your muscle tissue instead of eating sensibly?

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Metallic Taste In Mouth - Ketosis?

I have been following a Paleo diet for 5 months now, and in the last week I have had an awful, metallic taste in my mouth, accompanied by hypersensitive taste in general. I have been pretty low carb the whole time, so I can't imagine that I am going into ketosis for the first time now (and I even had root vegetables for the first time right before this started, and rice noodles yesterday, so not so low carb this week). It happens all throughout the day, sometimes hitting in the middle of a meal, but it's always there when I wake in the morning. I have also had waves of nausea, and (most disturbing) a complete aversion to meat and green veggies (pretty much all I eat). I thought that I must be pregnant, but every test, including the most sensitive blood test, have come back negative. It is starting to be a big deal; I ate rice noodles yesterday and felt awful afterwards, only because I am having such a hard time finding things to eat that don't taste gross/make me nauseas. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated!! Continue reading >>

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    Weird taste in mouth sign of ketosis

    I have heard people have a weird taste in their mouth when undergoing ketosis. Is that taste supposed to be a kind of sweet taste? I have been doing keto for a couple of days.

  2. Kiumarz

    Also I have been urinating buckets during keto.

  3. sarguy

    Ketone breath can seem a bit "off", and sometimes is considered sweet. I did atkins a while back and did have the odd breath. Sugar free gum is a great asset, especially after a protein shake.

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