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Fad diets and bad breath: What's the connection?

By – Bad Breath Expert
Posted: October 31, 2017, Updated: November 30, 2017
SUMMARY: Let's take a closer look at how certain fad diets can cause halitosis.

Fad Diets Can Cause Bad Breath

Fad diets, most commonly characterized by eating regimens that promote fast results, have been around for decades. While these diets often ring true as a quick ticket to weight loss, they're not exactly good for overall health...or fresh breath. The Victoria State Government Better Health Channel reported that fad diets often lead to fatigue, nausea, headaches, constipation and dehydration. But that's not all - since fad diets can lead to dehydration, that also increases your chance of developing bad breath.

Let's take a closer look at how certain fad diets can cause halitosis, and what you should consider for weight loss and breath recovery instead:

You know that the underlying cause of bad breath comes down to how much saliva is in your mouth. When you fast, or follow a similar fad diet that focuses on consuming a single food or beverage, you're more likely to get dehydrated, which can lead to halitosis.

"When you fast, you're more likely to get dehydrated."

"Saliva helps buffer and keep the acidity and pH correct in your mouth so that the bacteria don't breed as much," dietitian Simone Austin told POPSUGAR. "So, if you're dehydrated you don't have as much saliva to do that. Bacteria can breed in your mouth and they tend to ferment any food you have left in your mouth and that increases bad breath and decay."

If your plans to continue fasting haven't changed, just make sure you're still drinking enough water to stay hydrated everyday. This will contribute to fresh breath and overall wellness.

According to Environmental Nutrition, ketosis is a low-carbohydrate, high-protein diet that promises quick weight loss if you eat less than 20 grams of carbs in a single day. While yes, it's true that you can lose weight quickly through ketosis - which is the state your body goes into when it doesn't have enough carbs to feed off of - you're not improving your health. Following this type of fad diet means you aren't getting the vitamins, minerals, fiber, antioxidants and phytochemicals you would normally get from carbs, which increases the body's acidity and can cause low blood phosphate levels, decrease brain function and increase your risk for osteoporosis and kidney stones.

Additionally, following a low-carb diet can cause headaches, constipation, diarrhea, weakness, insomnia, back pain and even bad breath because Halitosis can occur as a result of the chemicals released in the body to burn fat.

Use Common Sense
Instead of relying on a fad diet to lose excess pounds, focus on changing your lifestyle habits as a whole. By exercising regularly and following a well-balanced diet that's loaded with nutrients from fruits, vegetables, lean meats and whole grains, you can give your body the fuel it needs to thrive and maintain a healthy weight. Plus, your breath won't be as likely to go rancid! 

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