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Congratulations, you have foul-smelling breath after bariatric surgery! Though this may seem like a trick, having rotten breath after bariatric surgery usually means you are losing excessive weight rapidly. This is a good thing. Many people often report their mouths feel dry or sticky right after surgery, regardless of what they do. This is caused by ketosis which is a metabolic process your body will undergo after surgery. Radically changing your diet post operatively is the main culprit for this side effect. It’s no secret that you cannot survive without food. Food helps you to fuel your body so it can carry out necessary functions. Your body’s main fuel source is from glucose. Glucose can commonly be found in your starches, such as pasta and bread. Your body will break down these starches into simple sugars and either store them in your liver or use them to fuel your body. When you drastically reduce glucose, your body must find energy elsewhere. Ketosis is a condition where fat stores break down to give you energy since it can no longer rely on your high carbohydrate diet. Rapid weight loss is the hope for most bariatric patients. However, it doesn’t come without a price. 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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When carb intake drops below 30 grams per day, the body gets rid of organic compounds, known as ketones, through the mouth, a process which can smell pretty gnar to those around you. Nick Rose Jul 19 2016, 10:00pm Photo via Flickr user ImpromptuKitchen So you've managed to start eating well and drop some pounds. You're eating more proteins and fats, and most importantly, dodging evil carbs; your body is going into fat-burning overdrive and you're actually getting results. Yay, you! But you've soon got another problem to deal with: the foul smell emanating from your mouth. According to Dr. Wayne Aldredge, President of the American Academy of Periodontology, cutting down on carbs in order to burn dietary protein and fat can give dieters a serious case of bad breath. Advertisement READ MORE: Our Protein Obsession Is Getting Out of Control Speaking to Thrillist, Aldredge explained how following an Atkins-like ketogenic diet can lead to metabolic state called ketosis. When carb intake drops below 30 grams per day, this process leads to the body getting rid of organic compounds, known as ketones, through the mouth, a smell often described as "rotten fruit, or even metallic." Gross. The r 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.

  2. ladyshanny

    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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Learn more at www.heasduphealth.com/levl New to low carb or ketogenic eating and unsure if youre in ketosis? Or eating low carb but not achieving the results you were hoping for? Measuring breath ketones with the LEVL ketone breath meter is an accurate and non-invasive method to measuring and tracking. No more poking your finger multiple times a day to get feedback on whether or not what youre doing is working. Find out more about how this device works and how to easily track this data along with other metrics using Heads Up Health. In this podcast episode, Dave Korsunsky, sits down with Joe Anderson, Ph.D. of LEVL. Together they share how tracking breath ketones with the LEVL ketone breath meter and integrating it into your Heads Up Health account can help you optimize your approach to fat burning and metabolic health. Listen in iTunes! In this episode, youll learn about the LEVL ketone breath meter and much more: The correlation between breath acetone to fat loss Importance of using an FDA approved medical device for testing What makes the LEVL ketone breath meter accurate How the LEVL ketone breath meter doesnt allow you to test inaccurately Learn how the LEVL ketone breath mete

Ketosis Breath – What Is It And How To Cure It

People who eat according to keto diet sometimes get something called ketosis breath. The ketosis breath smell can be very special and could affect your social life. It could also be something that irritates you personally if you do not like the ketosis breath taste or smell. The reason people get a bad ketosis breath smell is usually caused by that when your body is burning fat certain chemicals are released in your breath. This process happens when you enter the state of ketosis and this is what causes the bad ketosis breath smell. It is however not only a bad thing that you have a bad ketosis breath smell. You can use this as an indication that you have actually come into ketosis which is considered as a positive thing when eating according to a keto 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 – Kenneth Burrell, Senior director of the council on scientific affairs of the American Dental Association. However it is easy for people that notice you have a bad ketosis breath to assume you have poor oral hygiene. You should know that no matter how much you b Continue reading >>

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  1. boobear

    Hi everyone, I've done keto/low carb on/off last few years. Got really keto serious three weeks ago. On the whole last week my husband pretty much wanted to puke every time I spoke near him as he said my breath was soooo bad. I drink tons of water, chew gum etc. It was making me so self conscious that I went off the next day. It's been two days off and Breath is better but I really hate the way I feel eating carbs. Is there any tips for the keto breath, will it pass, and if so after how long??? It is literally the only thing that stops me from going back! Thanks in advance!

  2. Jessica

    They say that burning fat can cause bad breath due to chemicals released in the process. It's metabolic and not hygiene related. It doesn't usually last forever! Don't let it discourage you! Keep drinking lots of water

  3. boobear

    I'm trying really hard not too! I'm going to get back on tomorrow and keep ketoing but I hate being paranoid about my breath :(.

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