Ketosis is a phase full of symptoms both good and bad and bad breath happens to be just one of them. As normal as it is to have bad breath, there are ways to eliminate that and this guide is here to help so you can embrace the full awesomeness of ketosis!
The ketogenic diet is a diet loved by many because it is something that really delivers noticeable results. So people who are successful in losing weight are most likely going to spread the word to as many friends as possible... What can possibly go wrong here?
Well, some might be put off with the all the habit changes required while others who decide to take the plunge might find themselves in a bind with some of the negative symptoms you can expect throughout the journey. The symptoms are normally associated with most low-carb diets.
This includes insomnia, diarrhea and short-term fatigue. With some determination, it is possible to overcome those. However, there is another symptom that could serve as an annoying thorn even as you approach ketosis and that’s bad breath.
So if you ever find yourself with unusually bad breath while you are working so hard in changing your eating habits, don’t panic! It’s completely normal! What you need to focus on right now is getting rid of that. The key is knowing exactly what causes bad breath so you will fully understand why the solutions found in this guide are guaranteed to help to some degree.
Is Bad Breath Really Normal?
Try to join the various online groups that promote ketogenic diets and other forms of low-carb diets including Atkins, South Beach and even Paleo diets. Ask if bad breath is a common thing and you are sure to get some replies acknowledging it.
There was this one survey conducted by some scientists claiming that 40 percent of the people on these diets report bad breath. You will notice that not everyone experiences this problem just like how not everyone experiences keto flu although bad breath is a little bit more complicated since there are natural causes to bad breath in addition to ketogenic-specific ones.
What Causes Bad Breath?
Before you think about your new ketogenic habits, you should first acknowledge that bad breath in general can be caused by a number of things whether you are on a diet plan or not. It is important to know these things so you can cross those out and narrow it down to the ketosis-specific ones.
The Natural Causes
The Ketogenic Causes
What is Keto Breath?
The most effective way to identify the cause of bad breath is to assume that both natural and ketogenic causes are in play here. Because the next section of this guide will focus on combating bad breath no matter what the cause is.
But if you really want to satisfy your curiosity and see if the ketogenic diet really is to blame, you can check if your breath contains excessive amounts of acetone. Acetone has that fruity, rotten apple-like smell but if you really want to make sure it is really present in your breath, you can try using a ketone breath analyzer.
The best part a ketone breath meter is that it doesn’t collect blood or urine samples and is surprisingly accurate.
How Long Does Ketosis Bad Breath Last?
The good news is, not forever. As your body adjusts to being in ketosis, any bad breath you have been suffering usually subsides.
Some people experience no keto breath, for others it could take 2 to 3 weeks for their bodies to fully adjust to the keto diet.
How to Fight the Bad Breath?
Here are a few practical approaches to fighting acetone breath or keto breath, as it is more commonly known. Remember to drink lots of water not only to stay well hydrated and decrease your appetite, but to help flush the ketones from your system.
Practical Early Approaches
What Else Can I do?
If you tried everything mentioned here and still suffer from bad breath, the problem could lie elsewhere as there are plenty of other causes of bad breath. It could be a lung infection or sinusitis or something else entirely. Seeing a dentist or doctor could be your best bet especially if coming out of ketosis doesn’t work.
Ketogenic diet is not exactly a mainstream diet so your doctor or dentist may not even be familiar with it. What you want to do is rule out any other medical conditions so you can proceed back to ketosis once those problems are addressed and you can see if the bad breath persists.
Nobody likes having bad breath and it could be even worse if you are surrounded by friends and family members who might not have a single clue on what the ketogenic diet is.
But if you know you have that history of always having fresh breath and suddenly have awfully bad breath as you reach the ketosis phase, consider that a good sign knowing that the ketogenic diet is working and at the end of that long tunnel is a bright light taking the form of rapid weight loss and eventually no more bad breath when your body finally adjusts.
But even if you are not so confident that your bad breath will go away, you can at least rest easy knowing that there are multiple solutions to this problem. It is all about building new habits and if you have succeeded in developing new eating habits to comply with the ketogenic diet, forming new habits in keeping your breath fresh as possible shouldn’t be a huge issue.
Take it as a journey and a challenge and hopefully within a month you will emerge triumphant and you won’t have to be bothered with things like acetones and ammonia ever again. You will also realize just how awesome being in ketosis is and how it is a phase you do not want to get out of.