Sugar Detox: Bad Breath

Is My Breath Bad

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Bad Breath. I’ve got it. You are welcome for sharing.

Why the bad breath on this sugar detox? Low carbs.

What I have read is the bad breath is caused by cutting out too many carbs and having your body in ketosis.

This sugar detox has involved cutting out all refined carbs and most fruits. Only green bananas, grapefruit and green apples are allowed. One per day.

As I mentioned, I picked this particular program because there were three levels of the program. Level 1 is the least restrictive.

Level 1 does allow grains. All the approved grains are wheat and gluten-free grains.

In addition to following the plan, I have been eating 1/2 cup of quinoa each day. Which apparently isn’t enough carbs to keep the bad breath away.

Peeps. I am on this for 30 days. I can not live with this taste in my mouth for the next 25. Period.

New plan? Adding more servings of the approved fruits. And if that doesn’t work, I’m upping my grain serving from 1/2 cup to 1 cup.

Will eating both a green apple and a grapefruit and maybe even a green banana in one day kill me?

I think not.

But this bad breath just might.

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  1. Before giving into more carbs, try brushing your teeth with baking soda and peppermint oil. The baking soda should help with the acidic feel of your mouth and the peppermint oil should freshen and help with the odor and any bad taste.

  2. Thanks for the advice Carrie! I’ll definitely give it a go. Andrea

    “chewing on peppermint, spearmint, or tea tree leaves can be very refreshing. [chew then spit out] Many folks also enjoy a minty essence in their drinking water by adding spearmint leaves. ” I know that spearmint leaves in water was on your approved drink list, so drink it or use as a mouth rinse, or chew the leaves. Brushing teeth and your tongue regularly plus flossing also help.

  4. I hate that carbs still have such a bad rep! Your body is reacting that way because it’s supposed to have carbs! You’re body in ketosis is not a good thing, it’s not natural. Your brain and other major organs functions off of glucose. When you deprive it of what it needs, it’s going to get its energy from somewhere. So where does it pull from? Yes, your fat cells but mostly your lean body muscle in a process called glucogenesis. Please don’t get me wrong, I love your blog! You’ve provided some great info and have helped me find some great deals on organic goods and I will continue to follow! I totally support a sugar detox 100% but why does it have to be so severe on ALL carbs? And this is the lenient one?? Add the extra quinoa and fruit! Your body is trying to tell you something, listen to it 🙂 And to anyone following this diet, don’t be surprised when over the next 25 days you have a lack of energy, dizziness or experience other negative symptoms/side effects.

  5. Lauren, I’m definitely adding the extra carbs. I am trying to be smart about the sugar detox. My goal is to have a reduction in cravings for sugar after a really sweet-filled holiday season – not to go into ketosis. Thanks for your input, Andrea

  6. OMG – I wondered what was doing that. I do a low carb cleanse program which has more protein than carbs, but thought it was the products (protein shakes and stuff) causing the bad breath – which YES, my husband told me about – LOL!

  7. Lauren,
    I’ve been on a low-carb diet that was far more restrictive that Andrea’s. The lower energy lasted a few days, and then I had much more energy and focus – and more endurance with my energy and focus – then I ever had before, or have ever had since I fell off that diet.

    I don’t know why I didn’t have trouble with bad breath that time, and I do now. I’m eating more carbs now than I did the first time I tried a low-carb diet. This time around I haven’t restricted my fruit intake at all, focusing mostly on processed food and those with added sugar like candy and baked goods.

  8. Michelle W. says:

    Thanks for posting this. I have been doing the 21 DSD for about 17 days now, and my breath smells terrible and my tongue even has a different feel to it. There are times when I feel very thirsty (which I read it a sign of withdrawal from sugar). But this is one of the first places I saw mentioned about the breath.

  9. Michelle – 17 days! Woo Hoo! Yeah, the breath thing was bad. My husband had it too. I wish I had a miracle solution to help you through the last days, but I don’t. Hang in! Andrea

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