Being on a Low Carb, High Fat diet has many health benefits and is very effective when it comes to losing weight. And when you limit your intake of carbs you can put your body into what is called nutritional ketosis. This is a good thing as it means your body is in a fat burning mode. By staying in ketosis you will see the pounds begin to drop and you will lose weight.
However when your body is in ketosis, it can cause severe halitosis in some people. The reason is when you are in ketosis the ketones show up in your urine which is why many people who are trying to get into ketosis use urine strips to see if they reached it.
But ketones also show up in your saliva which gives the breath a very bad odor. Yuck!
I notice it in myself and my boyfriend. It is a sort of sulfur like smell. And it really makes me feel self-conscious. I worry that I am offending people when I am having a conversation with them.
The good news is that there are a few things you can do to help deal with halitosis caused from a low carb diet.
- Slightly raise your carb intake so you are still in ketosis but not so much that it is noticed in your breath. I up my carbs by adding a few berries to my diet. It is just enough carbs where I am in ketosis, yet my breath isn’t as bad.
- Drinking a lot of water can help as well as it will help to dilute the ketones and make your breath smell fresher. Try drinking water with lemon or lime.
- I find that chewing sugar-free gum like trident seems to help. I prefer cinnamon or original.
- A strong mouthwash may help as well.
I want to note here that keto breath has nothing to do with how you care for your teeth or dental hygiene. It is about the odor caused by the ketones in your body.
Where you one of the unlucky ones who experienced bad breath while going through ketosis? How did you deal with it?