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Why Does Breath Smell In Ketosis?

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Low-carb Diets Can Cause Bad Breath

Low-carb diets may be good for your waistline, but you might not be able to say the same for your breath. Low-carb lifestyle junkies are more likely to suffer from a seldom discussed side effect of such diets -- halitosis, aka bad breath. And since more than 25 million people say they have tried the Atkins diet (not to mention other low-carb eating plans), according to the National Marketing Institute, bad breath may be an epidemic! Bad breath in the low/no-carb sect is often caused by certain chemicals that are released in the breath as the body burns fat. They are called ketones, and entering into a fat-burning state of ketosis is the hallmark of the Atkins diet. So the good news is that if your breath stinks, you're probably doing a good job of sticking to that low-carb diet. "Carbohydrates aren't readily available, so you start to use other fats and proteins as your source of energy, and as a result you are going to get a breath problem," explains Kenneth Burrell, DDS, the senior director of the council on scientific affairs of the American Dental Association. Pass the Bread? This is not an oral hygiene problem, Burrell says, so "all the brushing, flossing, and scraping of the Continue reading >>

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  1. Craig Stephenson

    So....apparently I have placed my self in a state of ketosis by loosely following the paleo diet....(very limited grains, and or processed foods) I base this on the fact that my wife finds my breath similar to sucking on a sock soaked in paint thinner....
    I have spent some time researching this topic both here on the board and elsewhere on the web....still, I am confused. Some say its bad, some say its not.....some say protein sparing, some say liver damaging.....
    Does anyone really know? Am I in a happy place?... or should I be concerned that my brain and liver are going to revolt against me? I might add that I was not necessarily trying to obtain ketosis....I am 6'3" 200# ~11% BF....so I am not really trying to loose wt...I caught the paleo bug and like how I feel following it....however....if it is causing this ketosis and it is "bad"...maybe I need to re-evaluate or at least adjust what I am doing.
    Anybody have any advice??
    Thanks
    Craig "ELI" Stephenson

  2. Sarah Clent

    How is your body feeling?
    Do you feel lethargic? Full of energy? Unusual soreness after workouts? etc?
    Do you eat alot of fruit and veg?
    I have done the atkins diet in the past and been in ketosis... I didnt harm my body but it seems its mainly for weight loss? And it seems you dont need weight loss
    I am loosley following paleo in zone and i havent tested if i am in ketosis... would be interesting to see as i have cut all wheat and grains (except corn) for the last week... As for it harming you, i guess you need to work out how your body is feeling... if you are feeling good and healthy and if you are eating alot of veggies and fruit and lean meat... i dont see how it could be damaging to you? your body might just have a higher requirement for carbs?

  3. Frank E Morel

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    Originally Posted by Craig Stephenson
    So....apparently I have placed my self in a state of ketosis by loosely following the paleo diet....(very limited grains, and or processed foods) I base this on the fact that my wife finds my breath similar to sucking on a sock soaked in paint thinner....
    I have spent some time researching this topic both here on the board and elsewhere on the web....still, I am confused. Some say its bad, some say its not.....some say protein sparing, some say liver damaging.....
    Does anyone really know? Am I in a happy place?... or should I be concerned that my brain and liver are going to revolt against me? I might add that I was not necessarily trying to obtain ketosis....I am 6'3" 200# ~11% BF....so I am not really trying to loose wt...I caught the paleo bug and like how I feel following it....however....if it is causing this ketosis and it is "bad"...maybe I need to re-evaluate or at least adjust what I am doing.
    Anybody have any advice??
    Thanks
    Craig "ELI" Stephenson well you must be cycling in and out of ketosis as if your inconstant state of ketosis.. you get a really bad case of brain fog. Out of ketsis, your giving your brain enough glucose/carbs for it to function.
    cardiac arrthymias from electrolyte imbalances, increased risk of osteoporosis from urinary calcium losses, gout, kidney stones and nausea, lethargy and general weakness associated with prolonged ketosis. not many studies address this but there is enough anecdotal events ( mass famines ) that its not a wise thing to in for a prolonged period.
    http://www.ajur.uni.edu/v4n1/Harris%...0pp%201-18.pdf wfs warning ..boring

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