During a keto diet, your body converts fatty acids into chemicals. These chemicals, known as ketones, help cleanse your system. In some cases, they can also cause a strong odor in your breath. However, these changes are temporary and will disappear after a few weeks of ketosis.
Keto body odor is not a common occurrence. But there are some anecdotal reports of it. In particular, it’s not uncommon for people to develop a new, fruity scent on their breath while on keto.
This is because of an interaction between the acetones in your breath and your microbiome. During a high-fat, low-carb diet, your body produces a lot of acetones. These toxins are metabolized by your body and excreted through your urine.
However, when you are in ketosis, the level of acetone in your breath rises. This produces a strong, fruity odor that is similar to nail polish remover. You may also notice that you have a metallic taste in your mouth.
If you experience a change in vaginal odor during keto, you should consult your OB-GYN. This can indicate a more serious health issue, such as bacterial vaginosis. The odor is often accompanied by redness and burning.
The best way to eliminate the odor is to drink more water. You can also reduce it by brushing your teeth and flossing twice a day. It’s also a good idea to take an Epsom salt bath, which can be effective in minimizing the bad odor.