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    Metallic taste in mouth?

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    Anybody ever get a metallic taste in your mouth when first going primal? I've been doing about 70-80g carbs a day for 2.5 wks or so. Had the funky taste for 3 or 4 days now. And I'm a guy so probably not pregnant.

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    Could be a few different things, but it's most likely from going low carb. Other reasons could be a change in medication, mineral imbalances/zinc deficiency...
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    Yep. A metallic taste is a fairly common side effect of transitioning to ketosis. Don't worry. It's not permanent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paleobird View Post
    Yep. A metallic taste is a fairly common side effect of transitioning to ketosis. Don't worry. It's not permanent.
    Hmm.. why is that a common side effect? Anybody knows?
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    i had that one time when I followed the atkins long time ago, I don't recall the taste ever leaving my mouth, then again, I stayed on atkin for only three weeks...so maybe it goes eventually?

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    I'm now officially no-carb as a food allergy test came back, and I'm freakin' allergic to EVERYTHING. Especially EGGS. *sobs*

    Glad the metallic taste isn't going to last! Just noticed it yesterday. Kinda freaked me out.

    So far, I'm feeling pretty damn good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ToldUzo View Post
    Hmm.. why is that a common side effect? Anybody knows?
    From the livestrong site:
    Ketosis
    When your body burns fat for energy, the fat breaks down and creates chemicals called ketones. This is called ketosis. A byproduct of ketones is a chemical called acetone. Your body gets rid of the acetone in your body by breathing it out, which is why you may have a funny taste in your mouth. Your breath may smell funny to others when you're experiencing ketosis as well. Some people describe the taste and smell as a fruity or sweet taste, while others say it tastes metallic.

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    Ah ok, so it's the acetone byproduct that give you a metallic taste in mouth. But then it propably don't disapear, you just get used to it, right? I mean as long as you stay in ketosis.
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    I'm reading different things about why your heart pounds in ketosis. I had trouble sleeping last night because of it.

    I had 1/2 teaspoon of honey this morning, and the pounding stopped. Is this a low-blood sugar issue? Carb flu? Low potassium?

    WILL IT GO AWAY?!

    Damn the internet and it's conflicting info!!! *shakes fist*
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    Have you been eating any pine nuts? Some people get the weird-taste reaction for a few days afterwards.

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