We are slowly but surely making our way towards a new year, which means it’s time to endlessly hear “new year, new me.” This translates to, “I’m going to change my entire personality and lifestyle for about a month before I go back to binge-watching Netflix and eating takeout every night.” With this lifestyle change, we tend to adopt a new diet. Often, this low carb diet cuts out all the foods we crave and love. Last year I went two months without indulging in McDonald’s, and that is my most impressive achievement to date. I also decided to try out some new diets.
The Keto Diet
I came across the Atkins diet aka the keto diet. The problem is that we cut out these foods because we want to lose weight instead of maintaining or regaining healthy conditions. The keto diet does help people lose weight (not me though, I quit after two days), but it comes with an unfortunate side effect thanks to everyone consuming fewer carbs.
With the keto diet, our waistlines might get us closer to looking like Kendall Jenner or Gigi Hadid. However, our breath smells like rotten eggs. Why are so many people complaining about bad breath if they’re eating “healthy” foods? As your body burns fat, certain chemicals get released. These chemicals cause bad breath. Unfortunately, good oral hygiene can’t keep your bad breath at bay. Brushing, flossing, and mouthwash aren’t enough to fight off the smell. So, what does work? Changing your diet. You need a way to break fats down.
Foods to Try during Low Carb Diet
If you’re looking to continue the low carb diet, asparagus and cabbage are two excellent options. They both break down fats and can help fight off your bad breath. Of course, adding a few carbs won’t hurt. Low carb diet doesn’t mean no carbs. Lentils and whole grain rice are another option; however, they aren’t considered low carbs. If you’re into tea, green tea is another perfect option. Add a little bit of lemon and you also have a great boost of hydration and vitamin C. Lemons also help with weight loss if that’s what you’re aiming to do. They freshen breath as well and are basically a superhero of foods.
Our final suggestion to breaking down fats is dairy products. Now, they’ll help break down fats, but milk doesn’t have the greatest scent. Try things like yogurt. Yogurt is great because you can get creative with it. Yogurt also can restore probiotics in your gut. I grew up eating spicy food, so I’m partial to chili peppers. Chili peppers break down fats, but we all know that chillis aren’t for everyone. If you have a sensitive stomach, don’t do this one. You’ll thank me for that later. Enjoy your fresh breath and new diet!