#Ketone Breath Explained

Ahhh ketone breath. That’s a tough one. But those who are addicted to the ketogenic lifestyle know why they’re doing it. Those who love and/or live with them have to figure-out how to deal with it. Here we go…

When you start the ketogenic diet, your body starts breaking down  fats for fuel. In the absence of carbohydrates, it’s one of the only ways the body can generate energy. The human body is one of the most sophisticated machines on Earth. This is how it keeps working when the easiest source of energy is nowhere to be found.

When your body starts using fat as fuel, it takes a short time to adjust to this nutritional shock. The body excretes ketones through urine and breath. when normally a body expects its energy to be provided through energy that is broken-down into glycogen delivered to the cells through the blood sugar (aka glucose), now it’s adapting to the delivery and break-down of fats.

This smelly transition takes about 10-days. The body does ultimately adapt to it but we’re inundated with the smell of rotten apples or acetone in the meantime. It’s not a bad thing to anything but the olfactory gland . The rest of the body loves it!

Don’t be fooled by the smell of ketones, they’re actually quite good for us as a source of energy in the absence of carbohydrates. Ketongenic dieting is great for the brain, helps fight cancer, and the heart loves it! Yes, a byproduct of the stinky ketone bodies is fat loss.

Here’s a cheat video on 3 easy ways to help minimize the assault of ketone breath. Spoiler alert, it involves drinking more water, peppermint oil, and eating less fat. You’re welcome.

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4 Responses to #Ketone Breath Explained

  1. Like says:

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  2. thorgel says:

    A diet that is high in protein can have two impacts on breath. Firstly, the breakdown of protein in the body produces ammonia; this can lead to urine or breath smelling particularly strongly. If your breath has started to smell like a cat litter tray while on a ketosis diet then this may well be your culprit!

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