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Dry mouth - what is causing it?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 09, 2013 at 9:51 PM

For about 2 months now I have had a very dry mouth. Sometimes so bad it is difficult to speak. Doing a Paleo diet for 1 year now. After the Perfect Health Diet, it thought it may be due to a lack of carbs and I added sweet potato, yums and white potato to my diet (not every day but several times per week). Doesn't really seem to make a difference. Any ideas?

Normal diet is something like: 3 egg omelette with bacon, bell peppers and tomatos for breakfast Lunch: Salad with grilled chicken and lots of veggies and olive oil dressing Snack: brazilian nuts, cashew nuts Dinner: Steak with veggies or baked potato with butter a bit of dark chocolate

41 year old male, 6'1, 175 lbs. Workout crossfit style 2 times per week plus one cardio activity (slow pace)

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72cf727474b8bf815fdc505e58cadfea

on April 08, 2013
at 04:37 AM

Who the heck is voting these answers up?

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(65)

on March 25, 2013
at 12:59 AM

Thanks. Dry mouth has gotten better with adding more carbs / starches to my diet, but still not great. Will monitor this a few more weeks and if no further improvement, will check my blood sugar levels.

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(65)

on March 10, 2013
at 05:09 PM

Yeah, I certainly always struggled in the winter with the dry air, just never had dry mouth like this. Reading the PHD book also made me wonder if in the past I got enough Vitamine A which apparently is key for mucus production. I never ate sweet potatoes or any squashes in the past (I actually hated sweet potatoes and don't mind them now, funny how quickly you adapt when you realize something is good for you.)

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(65)

on March 10, 2013
at 05:05 PM

I have gluten issues, that's why this diet works great for me. As per comment above, I am adding gluten free carbs to my diet to see if that helps.

8e6767fbce0b66c5c12e739b4da5535d

(65)

on March 10, 2013
at 05:03 PM

Ok, thanks. Have started doing that. I'll add gluten free, low sugar cereal with almond milk ( also not to have omelette every day) and eat more sweet potatoes and squashes (which I never did in the past).

8e6767fbce0b66c5c12e739b4da5535d

(65)

on March 10, 2013
at 11:42 AM

Renee - no meds. Drink probably 1.5 - 2 liters, more when I work out. Celticcavegirl - really don't know, but I wouldn't think so with the amounts of carbs I'm eating.

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on March 10, 2013
at 09:28 AM

Do you think you might be in ketosis despite eating some carbs?

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on March 10, 2013
at 01:37 AM

You're not on any meds, are you? How much do you drink in a day?

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on April 07, 2013
at 10:56 PM

When you workout your losing sodium. First of all, add some salt to that water, second of all things like coconut water or honey/coconut oil combined on a teaspoon work great at stopping the dry mouth. This comes form experience, because my relatives are all heavy into sports. I found it wasn't that they weren't drinking enough water, it was that they were peeing it out. So keep the carbs up (fruit and starch) and add in a little of that combo above and some coconut water post-workout.

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on March 10, 2013
at 01:27 PM

You're probably in ketosis most of the time. PHD is 2 or 3 potatoes a day, and crossfit style workouts mean you can add more on those days. Not sure what to suggest if you want to stick with the current diet, even more water? Do you get enough salt? I think you need a lot if you're in ketosis, but not sure if the dry mouth would be a symptom of that. Try eating more carbs.

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(65)

on March 10, 2013
at 05:03 PM

Ok, thanks. Have started doing that. I'll add gluten free, low sugar cereal with almond milk ( also not to have omelette every day) and eat more sweet potatoes and squashes (which I never did in the past).

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on April 07, 2013
at 08:19 PM

sounds like your love life is in sixes and sevens, get back on that saddle ;)

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on April 08, 2013
at 04:37 AM

Who the heck is voting these answers up?

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on March 24, 2013
at 06:46 PM

If you weren't so healthy I'd say sounds like t2 diabetes. I have type one diabetes and I know when I go into keto-acidosis (a bit like ketosis, but extremely dangerous) I get a very dry mouth... so ketosis sounds like it may be the more likely answer to your question.

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(65)

on March 25, 2013
at 12:59 AM

Thanks. Dry mouth has gotten better with adding more carbs / starches to my diet, but still not great. Will monitor this a few more weeks and if no further improvement, will check my blood sugar levels.

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39311794c054f89a226f33e1afd08721

on March 10, 2013
at 03:54 PM

I'm one who would be in ketosis from your diet and workout. Just a little working out revs my metabolism up, I turn into furnace girl to the people near me, and it just doesn't take much. And it seems like the more often I kick myself into ketosis, the more easily I cross that line later. I think it's the exception to be that close to ketosis all the time, but we're out there. It makes me worry we're burning our years too fast. :-O

It's dryer in the winter months so that might be why this has only become a problem now. I'm having an awful time with my tonsils for the first time ever and I'm blaming this winter's dryness, not sure why this year and not others though but your experience is making me wonder.

8e6767fbce0b66c5c12e739b4da5535d

(65)

on March 10, 2013
at 05:09 PM

Yeah, I certainly always struggled in the winter with the dry air, just never had dry mouth like this. Reading the PHD book also made me wonder if in the past I got enough Vitamine A which apparently is key for mucus production. I never ate sweet potatoes or any squashes in the past (I actually hated sweet potatoes and don't mind them now, funny how quickly you adapt when you realize something is good for you.)

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on March 10, 2013
at 01:51 PM

Sounds like ketosis to me from the diet. Assuming your health is otherwise good (no gluten problems), try a cheat day with few pizza slices or something higher carb and see how you feel afterwards.

Oh, and 2 liters of water a day is on the low end. Especially if you're low carb because it will just pee out.

8e6767fbce0b66c5c12e739b4da5535d

(65)

on March 10, 2013
at 05:05 PM

I have gluten issues, that's why this diet works great for me. As per comment above, I am adding gluten free carbs to my diet to see if that helps.

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