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Doctor insights on: Why Do Low Carb Diets Cause Bad Breath Is There A Way To Fix This Without Loading On Carbs

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Why do low carb diets cause bad breath? Is there a way to fix this without loading on carbs?

Why do low carb diets cause bad breath? Is there a way to fix this without loading on carbs?

Yes: Low carb diets are rich in proteins. Odor producing bacteria in your mouth love proteins , so they multiply... Sometimes rinse with diluted peroxide (1:1) may help. If not - find a dentist who can do "full mouth detox" we do it exclusively in our breath center in calabasas, ca. ...Read more

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Dr. Arthur Heller
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Diet (Definition)

refers to all the physical matter humans (like all living creatures) must take in on a recurring basis; only partially for energy. Like all life on planet humans are open systems which keep tearing down their structure & require intake of atoms/molecules from which to rebuild their structure. Intestinal lining cells replaced ~every 3 days. CaPO4 in bones ~every 6 years, ...Read more


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Can a low carb diet cause more acidic urine?

Can a low carb diet cause more acidic urine?

Possible : It depends on what's in your low carb diet. If you eat lots of protein and citrus fruits, your urine ph could be acidic. Which in itself is rarely a problem. You can dilute the acid urine by drinking more water. ...Read more

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Low carb diet takes away acid reflux is it because of eliminating sugars ? Does sugars cause acid reflux?

Low carb diet takes away acid reflux is it because of eliminating sugars ? Does sugars cause acid reflux?

Not really: Reflux results from ring of muscle at lower end of esophagus relaxing & allowing acidic food to reflux up esophagus. Fried/greasy food, spicy food, acidic food, caffeine, alcohol, nicotine, carbonated drinks, meds like calcium channel blockers/nsaids etc can all exacerbate reflux. Being overweight, lying down right after eating can too. ...Read more

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Globulin nml but is decreasing urinalysis nml and grf remains between 80-97 depending on my diet for 10 years. Could low carb diet cause this or what

Globulin nml but is decreasing urinalysis nml and grf remains between 80-97 depending on my diet for 10 years.  Could low carb diet cause this or what

What is the problem?: Glomerular filtration rate estimated from a spot serum creatinine means very little; bodybuilders are all in early kidney failure. If your globulin is reasonably close to the normal range, and your Albumin is as well, i would not be concerned especially if your physician is not. ...Read more

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What causes off of a low-carb diet without gaining weight?

What causes off of a low-carb diet without gaining weight?

It's calories, not c: It's not carbs, but calories, that determine whether you'll lose weight. A calorie is a calorie to your body, and it takes 3500 to gain or lose a pound. Eat less, exercise more and you'll be fine. ...Read more

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Can a low carb diet cause higher urine ph?

Can a low carb diet cause higher urine ph?

Possible : It depends on what's in your low carb diet. If you eat lots of protein and citrus fruits, your urine ph could be acidic. Which in itself is rarely a problem. You can dilute the acid urine by drinking more water. ...Read more

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On low carb diet last few bloodwork globulin normal but each time lower 3.0 2.8 now 2.5 what would cause this?

Not significant: The globulin is something we usually don't have to pay any attention to. It's blood proteins other than albumin, which is the primary blood protein. They do include the gamma globulins that are important to fight infection and can be deficient in very rare diseases. But you are describing a small change that doesnt look important. ...Read more

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Did a low carb diet 2012, lost weight & the felt great. Eating carbs again & feel tied. Is a low carb diet bad? Was supplementing vitb, not anymore.

In moderation, GOOD: A low carb diet in moderation is good. Carbs will cause weight gain, so limiting the amount of carbs you eat and supplementing with a good exercise program is very beneficial, and as you stated, may make you feel great again. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Are carbohydrates bad for you? Why do people always talk about low-carb diets?

Are carbohydrates bad for you? Why do people always talk about low-carb diets?

Some are: some processed carbs- like white bread have few nutrients and may result in high blood sugars when digested, The same may go for sugar laden cakes, and many refined baked goods. The better carb choices are fresh fruits and vegetables, beans, whole grains. They are digested slowly, full of nutrients, and higher in fiber when compared to their processed counterparts. ...Read more

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Lost 28lbs on 30 day hCG diet, day 11 in p4. Gained 12lbs w/abd distention (3.5") in last 10 days. Maintaining 1200 cal low carb diet. Causes?

Lost 28lbs on 30 day hCG diet, day 11 in p4.  Gained 12lbs w/abd distention (3.5") in last 10 days. Maintaining 1200 cal low carb diet. Causes?

Exercise: The HCG approach to weight loss is not recommended by multiple reputable medical organizations and fda (http://www.Fda.Gov/forconsumers/consumerupdates/ucm281333.Htm) clinical trials show no extra weight loss beyond diet alone. It can cause blood clots and serious depression. I recommend stopping hcg. Increasing exercise is a good way to get over a weight loss plateau. ...Read more

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Does low carb diet have a bad effect on kidney in long term?

Does low carb diet have a bad effect on kidney in long term?

Diet and kidney: Unless you have stage 3, or higher, of chronic kidney disease, you should have no problem with protein ingestion. At your age, i would presume that you do have normal kidney function, so protein intake should not be an issue for you. ...Read more

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Does low carb diet have a bad effect on my kidney in long term?

No: But theoretically when you eat lots of protein instead of just carbs you are making your kidneys work a little harder. I do not think there are any studies in humans which say you will have any consequences. In animals it is true that less protein and calories makes them live longer. But this is very controversial. ...Read more

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I was just on a low carb diet and was constipated. Since ending the diet, which lasted a month, my gas has smelled really bad. Will it get better?

Not necessarily: The gas may be from one of the foods you are eating. Try eliminating one food at a time and see if gas goes away. If it does, try the food again to see if it comes back to know for sure. ...Read more

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Could constipation cause pain in hip and side of waist I've started new low carb diet and been constipated and now in pain.

Could constipation cause pain in hip and side of waist I've started new low carb diet and been constipated and now in pain.

Posssibly: There are many causes of low back pain and hip pain. Often they are related. A bad hip can cause buttock, groin, and/or thigh pain. Sometimes a pinched nerve in the back can cause back, buttock, and thigh pain depending on which nerve is involved. If your pain does not improve or gets worse you should contact your physician to help identify the cause. ...Read more

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My gyn noticed a "bump" in my creatine level and asked how my kidney function was. I was unawear. Could a low carb diet be the cause?

NO: Creatinine levels can fluctuate and tend to increase to a certain degree with high protein diet, creatine supplements etc. If the creatinine increase is more than 30 % then you need evaluation by nephrologist. My advise is to recheck the creatinine level after adequate hydration first. ...Read more

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Dr. Greg Rubin
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Bad Breath (Definition)

A foul odor from the mouth. Bad breath can be caused by many different factors, including sinus infections, periodontal problems, smoking, cavities, acid reflux, and your diet. Address all of these possibilities with ...Read more


Carbs (Definition)

Carbs is an abbreviation for carbohydrates. The human body breaks down carbohydrates into basic sugars such ...Read more