why does my breath smell bad when i am hungry
Q. When I get really hungry, my breath becomes really bad. How can I stop that from happening? --
S. Ludwig, via email A. "Hunger breath" can leave you -- and those around you -- hungry for a way to avoid the fumes you're exhaling. It's usually caused by regularly skipping meals. Not eating reduces the amount of saliva in your mouth, and a dry mouth is like a Playboy mansion for randy bacteria that are looking to go forth and multiply. When they do, they let fly a sulfuric stench. You can get a variation on hunger breath if you're eating a low-carb diet and your body is burning fat instead of carbs for fuel. That can trigger ketosis, a chemical reaction that leaves your breath with either an odd fruits-and-nuts odor (not unlike perfume worn by your least-favorite aunt) or smelling like nail polish remover, never a come-hither scent. Whatever the trigger, your breath can smell sweet again if you simply don't skip meals. It invites bad breath and it's a diet disaster -- your body starts hoarding calories, your blood sugar plummets and the next thing you know, you're eating whatever isn't moving. To lose weight, try our "YOU: On a Diet" plan (get the basics at www. RealAge. com). It encourages eating often (no hunger breath) and includes complex carbs (no ketosis). You'll still lose inches, pounds and risky belly fat. Q. My husband has been diagnosed with early-stage prostate cancer (confined to the prostate gland), and his doctors recommend a "watch and wait" approach.
I say get it out of there. What's the smart move? -- Carrie Waver, San Diego A. To answer this question really well, we'd need to know your husband's age and how healthy he is overall. Still, this should help you two. Treating early-stage prostate cancer isn't like correcting a bad hairdo: You don't automatically snip and cut to fix it. What's called watch and wait (or active surveillance) is often smart, because early-stage prostate cancer is usually small and slow-growing. For men over 70 or who have high-risk medical problems, the cancer often won't progress fast enough to shorten their life. If your husband's younger than 70, it may still be smart to put off treatment. Surgery and radiation are no picnic; neither are their possible side effects, including sexual problems and leaking urine (up to 25 percent of guys do). This doesn't mean your spouse will be sitting around staring at his prostate. His doctors will want to see him often, usually for: --A PSA test every six months and a digital rectal exam every 12 months; --A biopsy of the prostate in six to 18 months and as needed thereafter. It's also vital for him to exercise regularly, de-stress with at least 10 minutes a day of meditation or yoga, and clean up his diet by: --Saying no (and we mean NO) to foods with saturated fat: red meat, poultry skin, all dairy that isn't fat-free, anything with palm or coconut oils; --And no trans fats, of course!
We're adamant about this, because studies show that all of the above hold prostate and other cancers at bay. If any signs of cancer activity develop, his options include surgery -- frequently first choice for younger men, when the cancer likely hasn't spread. Radiation is often a good choice for older guys who have additional health issues. Brachytherapy -- inserting tiny radioactive "seeds" in the prostate -- is for men of all ages with localized prostate cancer. And there are more, but this is a newspaper column. Our bottom line: Get a second opinion. It changes treatment (and even the diagnosis) about a third of the time. If another doc confirms this approach, go with it. If not, get a third opinion. And keep your eye on your hubby with a bit of active surveillance yourself. The YOU Docs, Mehmet Oz, host of "The Dr. Oz Show" and Mike Roizen of Cleveland Clinic, are authors of "YOU: Losing Weight. " For more information go to Normally bad breath, or halitosis occurs for several reasons. Usually its due to heavy plague on the tongue (yes, the tongue! ), large unfilled cavities, gum disease, poor oral hygiene,P digestive problems, short-term illness (cold, flu, etc) and the list goes on.
When one is fasting, or has not eaten for many hours bad breath may also occur. It can be frustrating because there is not much to do about it. But it may be helpful to know WHY it happens. Here are some reasons: 1. When one is hungry and dehydrated, saliva flow decreases and therefore it cannot wash away plaque and bacteria well. Saliva has many purposes and two of them are washing action to clear bacteria and debris from the tongue and mouth and also as a buffer to keep the mouth from becoming too acidic/basic. This bacteria may be trapped on teeth or tongue and cause a bad smell. 2. P Digestive juices in the stomach are still produced but because there is no food, these acidic juices begin to break down, causing a foul smell. 3. Another result ofP fasting is the excessive breakdown of fats from the body. P This leads to ketosis. When the body is in this state ketones are released. One type; acetone is released through the lungs. P It also means bad breath! So the bad breath is mainly due to internal forces, not poor oral hygiene in this case. So unless you are fasting for a reason (like for Ramadan),P make sure to at least stay hydrated by having about a cup of water every 1-2 hours. Remember, if halitosis is a consistent problem and you can t seem to figure out why,P you may want to visit your dentist or health professional.
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