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Irish Independent - Health & Living - - WELLBEING -

CUT OUT THE CRASH DIET

Cer­tain types of weight-loss regimes are known to cause hal­i­to­sis, es­pe­cially those that in­volve ex­treme lim­i­ta­tion of car­bo­hy­drates. Those who em­bark on juice fasts or in­ter­mit­tent fast­ing are also at in­creased risk of bad breath. These regimes are based on trig­ger­ing a meta­bolic state known as ke­to­sis, when the body be­gins to burn its own fat stores. This prompts the re­lease of ke­tones into the blood­stream which in turn can cause an ace­tone, or an un­pleas­ant am­mo­nia-type smell on the breath.

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