In recent years there has been a surge in popularity of low carb diets such as the Atkins Diet and the South Beach Diet.
Initially endorsed by well-known actors, musicians, and celebrities their appeal is now widespread, with an estimated 16 million copies of the Atkins Diet books sold alone.
However, while such low carb diets may promise great results for your figure, unfortunately, the same can’t always be said for your breath…
In this article, we’ll examine the science behind such diets, and explain just why low carb dieters battle bad breath with limited success…
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How Do Low Carb Diets Actually Work
A key feature of many low carb diets such as the Atkins Diet is that they heavily restrict the amount of carbohydrates a person can eat.
Instead, dieters tend to consume more foods consisting of protein and fat.
Carbohydrates are the fuel that gives our bodies energy. When you cut them out of your diet, your body will initially use up its existing stores of carbs, known as glycogen.
After that, your body descends into a state known as ketosis, where it burns fat stores in place of carbohydrates and certain chemicals known as ketones are released.
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But How Exactly Does This Fat-Burning Process Affect My Breath
A common complaint made by many low carb devotees is bad breath or halitosis.
There are 2 main reasons for this:
- ketosis has a number of unsavory side effects, one of which is causing your breath to smell foul. Indeed, this condition is often termed ketosis bad breath.
- our mouths contain important bacteria which are responsible for breaking down the proteins in the food we eat, as well as helping our bodies digest diseased oral tissue. During this digestive process, various sulfur compounds are released.
Normally, the smell given off by these sulfur compounds is relatively unnoticeable. However, when these bacteria are present in unusually large amounts these smells can quickly turn rancid and rotten.
There are certain things which aggravate these bacteria and cause them to multiply in large numbers.
One such thing is eating lots of protein. The more protein you eat, the more bacteria are needed to break it down.
In addition, during ketosis, your body uses up much more water than would normally be required and you can quickly become dehydrated.
This dehydration, in turn, leads to lower amounts of saliva in your mouth and creates an ideal breeding ground for the bacteria which positively thrive in dry conditions.
So How Can Low Carb Dieters Battle Bad Breath Effectively
Chewing gum, mints, breath fresheners and mouthwashes may mask your bad breath temporarily but they won’t get to the real root of the problem.
If you’re really serious about getting rid of your bad breath for good, you may instead need to consider introducing more carbohydrates into your diet.
However, if you’re not eating an excessive amount of protein but are still having bad breath problems, you may also want to consider some of the other different factors which can aggravate these bacteria.
This helpful report we found online discusses all these factors and explains how a few simple changes may be all that’s needed to help you enjoy the mint-fresh breath – permanently.
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