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When I first
tell people Iím on a Primal Blueprint diet emulating our ancient
ancestors, the witty ones are usually quick with a clever comment
or two, usually referencing the Flintstones, heavy brow ridges,
monosyllabic grunts, or some combination of the three. A hearty
laugh is shared (mine being exceedingly polite), and theyíll go
on to ask if Iíve experienced increased hair growth, whether or
not I met my wife by clubbing her over the head, and if Iíve got
caveman breath (always accompanied by a theatrical, exaggerated
step backward). What would I do without such comedians?
I gotta admit,
though, they might have a point about the caveman breath. Although
I donít have a problem with it personally (unless my wife has kept
quiet all these years), bad breath is a common complaint
I hear about low-carb dieters. Strangely enough, I rarely
hear it from actual low-carbers, but rather from
overly critical skeptics. Still, bad breath does happen to everyone,
and I for one would be wary of engaging Grok
in a close heart to heart talk over some fermented mammoth milk.
Even on our own comment boards, reader madMUHHH
complained about having constant bad breath. Of course, he was
also eating loads of garlic and onions, which are notorious causes
of bad breath (regardless of the overall diet), but it does go to
show that just because weíre eating healthy
Primal foods, it doesnít mean weíre immune to the ravages of
But are we
Blueprinters especially susceptible to bad breath? First, letís
examine the most common causes.
Most bad breath
you encounter is probably due to poor dental hygiene. Brushing isnít
enough for some people; sometimes you need to physically remove
chunks of food from between your teeth. I doubt Grok was a big brusher,
but he probably picked his teeth with bones or sharpened sticks
(I think the annoying sensation of meat stuck in between your teeth
is universally hated). Still, he ate a lot of meat, and he didnít
gargle, so itís quite likely that stringy bits of meat got lodged
between his teeth. Meat rots, and rotting meat stinks, especially
when itís bottled up in a hot, fetid environment (like the mouth).
Pick your teeth or floss, especially after ribs, and donít play
spin the bottle with Grok after heís just eaten.
is a more insidious cause of bad breath, but that wasnít an issue
for Grok. In fact, Stephan from Whole Health Source posted a great
write up discussing
the (now out of print) book Paleopathology at the Origins of Agriculture.
In the book, anthropologists compare dental and skeletal records
from both Paleolithic hunter-gatherers and Mesolithic agriculturalists
and determine that with intense agriculture ďincidence of carbohydrate-related
tooth disease increases.Ē As long as youíre eating like Grok and
avoiding sugars and starchy carbs, tooth decay probably isnít the
cause of bad breath.
for energy has a reputation for causing bad breath. In reality,
itís a ďdifferentĒ smell than most are used to, but not necessarily
bad. In fact, the slightly sweet scent that sometimes results from
ketosis is probably pretty close to how Grokís breath smelled (provided
he had picked his teeth, of course). That is, ketosis breath might
actually be ďnormalĒ on the meat-and-plant-heavy Primal
Blueprint eating plan. I sometimes notice an odd scent when
and Iím guessing it’s just those ketones at work.
The good news
is that most bad breath caused by food is relatively short-lived.
Once you eat, brush, and floss, for the most part youíll have taken
care of the bad breath. The bad news is that some of the best foods
Ė like fish, garlic, or onions Ė can linger on your breath for days.
If you eat a can of sardines, your breath is probably going to stink
for a while. Add some garlic to the mix and youíll have issues Ė
like our friend madMUHHH (just kidding!).
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