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Old 06-08-2013, 06:16 PM   #1
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Low carb bad breath

I had known that people can have bad breath on LC, but I never did before. Then again, I have never stayed below 30 carbs a day before. Before,LC was under 100 a day for me.

I brush my teeth 3x a day, and also use Listerine usually 2x a day.

Any suggestions to help eliminate it? Also, in the morning, my mouth feels like it is filled with paste. This is not a dental issue, as I just had my cleaning and checkup this week.
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Old 06-08-2013, 06:26 PM   #2
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Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending how you look at it) bad breath is a side effect of ketosis, which equals weight loss. I just make sure to not talk too closely at work, brush and use mouthwash as often as possible, and brush, floss, and use mouthwash before any bedtime romantic encounters.
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Old 06-08-2013, 06:29 PM   #3
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Drinking lots of water seems to help a bit, too! But, yeah, it can make you a little self-conscious.
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Old 06-08-2013, 06:59 PM   #4
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For now I think you may have to just deal with it, but I think for many people who are in ketosis long term side effects like bad breath may lessen or go away as your body becomes keto-adapted and more efficient at using fat for fuel.
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Old 06-08-2013, 07:11 PM   #5
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Drinking lots of water helps and it does seem to get better over time (at least for me). Hang in there!
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Old 06-08-2013, 07:25 PM   #6
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Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending how you look at it) bad breath is a side effect of ketosis, which equals weight loss. I just make sure to not talk too closely at work, brush and use mouthwash as often as possible, and brush, floss, and use mouthwash before any bedtime romantic encounters.
Well, I would do that even w/o bad breath.
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Old 06-08-2013, 07:50 PM   #7
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Welcome to the world of keto breath. That just announces to us that we have successfully turned ourself into a fat burning machine. After all, halitosis is better than no breath at all.
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Yes, water, water, water.

It has definitely gotten better as I've become keto-adaptated. Yet another reason not to eat off plan!
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Old 06-09-2013, 07:49 AM   #9
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I love having stinky nasty breath on low carb (lol) It is the taste of fat loss to me! xD When I wake up in morning and my mouth tastes like absolute crap, I'm like, "Yes!"
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Fresh parsley on your food helps somewhat, also getting your carbs from green veggies due to the chlorophyll.
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Sometimes I like to chew sugarfree gum.
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I love having stinky nasty breath on low carb (lol) It is the taste of fat loss to me! xD When I wake up in morning and my mouth tastes like absolute crap, I'm like, "Yes!"
awesome!

Garlic ~ It gets better with time and sometimes drinking water with a dash of lemon in it helps me.
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Old 06-09-2013, 09:52 AM   #13
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I agree, for me, it's water, water, and more water that helps! I keep a big cup beside me all day, and as long as I'm sipping from it all day, it's not a problem. If I get too busy to drink it, I can definitely tell the bad breath gets worse.
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Old 06-09-2013, 10:05 AM   #14
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I can't drink more than the 100 - 125 ounces a day I already drink.

I'll try the lemon.
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