previous topic · next topic
maxmom1

Joined: Oct 07
Posts: 1

      quote  
Posted: 01 Nov 2007, 04:34
hi everyone

question I love south beach on phase 2 did pretty good however I never had stale breath now I have a funny taste in mouth alot any suggestions?



thanks
Dandi

Joined: Oct 07
Posts: 1

      quote  
Posted: 01 Nov 2007, 06:13
Hi, I am thinking (but am nit certain) that your body has gone into a state of katosis (SP) That is when your body is no longer fueled by carbs but by its own fat and for some reason your breath can start smelling bad. It is really common on the Atkins diet from what I have read. I would imagine you are losing a good amount of weight however. I bet when you start introducing carbs it should go away. I may be wrong in the definition but that is the jist. Hope that helps.
information

Joined: May 07
Posts: 529

      quote  
Posted: 04 Nov 2007, 17:37
I believe Dandi may be right. I've seen this before and dug out this piece by Dr. Andrew Weil which elaborates in a bit more detail:

"Q
Do Low-Carb Diets Cause Bad Breath?
I've had noticeable bad breath lately. Someone told me my high-protein, low-carb diet is to blame. True?
A
Answer (Published 2/4/2005)

True. Bad breath (halitosis) is an unfortunate side effect of low-carbohydrate diets. Here's what happens: the diet causes your body to burn stored fats for fuel rather than carbohydrates. As the fat burns, chemicals called ketones build up in the body and are released through the breath and urine. Unfortunately, they're smelly.
Related Weil Products
Dr. Weil on Healthy Aging for Nutrition - Looking for easy, healthy ways to eat? Dr. Weil on Healthy Aging has quick-to-prepare recipes, shopping lists and more. Don't miss out - sign up for your free trial of Dr. Weil on Healthy Aging today!

There's not a whole lot you can do about bad breath that stems from the way you're burning fat. If you're determined to stay on the diet, you'll just have to put up with the halitosis. Dentists say that extra brushing, flossing and tongue-scraping won't help because in this case bad breath isn't an oral hygiene issue. (The Atkins Diet Web site acknowledges that bad breath is part and parcel of the way you're eating and puts a positive spin on it, saying that it means that the diet is working.) Some dentists have speculated that the other popular low-carb diet, South Beach, may not be as problematic, since it permits more carbs than Atkins.

The best you can do to cover up the bad breath associated with low-carb diets is to drink lots of water, which will also wash away food particles that may be contributing to the problem. Chewing parsley is another way to address halitosis. Sugarless gum or mints may also help mask your breath, but I'm not a fan of the non-nutritive sweeteners they contain.

I'm also not a proponent of the Atkins diet, so I would suggest switching to another program that allows you to eat fresh fruits, a wider range of vegetables, and whole grains. This is a more realistic way to lose weight in the long-run since you're likely to get tired of low-carb living sooner or later and regain whatever weight you've lost.

If your halitosis persists after you go off your low-carb diet, see your physician. Bad breath can be a sign of diabetes, sinusitis, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and a number of other medical or dental problems.

Andrew Weil, M.D."

"I will work in my own way, according to the light that is in me." - Lydia Maria Child



Forum Search
Advanced forum search



Latest Posts

Vox - The Science is in. Diet is more important than exercise for weight loss
You're so right fasting is quickly becoming a powerful tool for the weight loss community. Fasting can be hard for many which is why there have been many studies on the impact of feasting and fasting ...
by ritzfit_ on 29 Jun 16 08:53 PM
oh the weight
So I weighed and up by 300g. The scale is more than acurate. But, I rather have a scale where I weigh more than less and have a surprize when I have to weigh somewhere else. Will see in the coming wEeks. ...
by #Dee on 29 Jun 16 12:37 PM
Top 5 Biggest Fast Food Offenders
There are some here that say eat what you want, it doesn't matter as long as you don't eat too many calories so your list of foods would be fine to eat. I personally believe food triggers hormonal ...
by mrspackrat on 29 Jun 16 09:23 AM
Newbie Keto question..Help, Please
Net carbs (carbs - fiber)
by mrspackrat on 29 Jun 16 09:14 AM
Protein
Don't reduce fats, or at least the healthy ones. Just get rid of processed/refined carbs, they are useless to your body anyway and are extra calories you don't need.
by mrspackrat on 29 Jun 16 09:12 AM

Member Tip

average member ranking
by member Sharon Caulkins
eat regularly
07 Jun 13 for diet The South Beach Diet