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Taste buds are off - plain water tastes sweet! Why?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 14, 2013 at 10:37 AM

Ok, quick background. I'm 28, 1.75m, and before this started I was about 67kg (roughly 5ft 9 and 148lb), sedentary. Was on paleo close to whole30 standards for almost 7 months, and my occasional cheat/treat is closer to "chicken with half plate of rice" rather than pizza&soda. My weight has been stagnant for about 3 months or so. I was on VVLC but I doubt I was in ketosis as I was on large amounts of protein (each meal about 250-300gms). Couldn't stomach enough fat to stay sated.

At the start of April (like exactly 1st April) I fell sick, with a couple of days of really bad stomach pain, weakness, loss of appetite, and diarrhoea. Although the symptoms stopped after a couple of days, the weakness and loss of appetite persisted for much of the month. I could only manage to consume half my normal portions for everything, and some meals I could not even finish one bowl of bone broth. In fact, I only started recovering both strength and appetite a couple of weeks back, and they are certainly not back to previous levels. I also started on low fodmap at the same time, so no carbs and very minimal vegetables.

Now, strange thing is... About a week into this condition, plain water started to taste sweet. Like someone mixed a tablespoon of sugar into my water. It's definitely not an issue about dirty cups, since it tastes that way even when I drink straight from the tap (it's potable over here in Singapore). I've been bringing water around with me, so I haven't tried out with bottled/mineral/distilled water yet.

Anyone knows what's happening to me? Is this something to be concerned? Also, Any tips on recovering energy will be much appreciated.

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Will look at the links, thanks! The taste issue seems to be linked to my salt intake though - I happen to be using a lot more salt in my cooking (roast pork belly and salt baked fish. Yum!) and the sweet taste seems to be less obvious this couple of days. Energy levels are still messed up though. I had half a potato on Thursday night and I've been suffering from bloating, really toxic gas and stomach problems since.

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Water is critical to this........but what your status is lab wise and physiology wise is really germaine to this question. Sweetness is tied to fluoride blockade of the taste bud neural pathways in the nucleus tractus solitarius. When taste is off it tells you something is off in physiologically in your brain's energy transfer pathways. Specifically, in two specific semi conducting doping ions in the body used in neurons......Zn and copper. I would not jump to carbs.......until you know precisely where you are now metabolically and physiologically. Some of the info in these blogs will help you. I talk about the copper doping mechanism used in bone here: http://www.jackkruse.com/emf-8-quantum-bone/

1.http://www.jackkruse.com/quantum-biology-3-queer-water/

2.http://www.jackkruse.com/quantum-biology-4-coherent-water/

3.http://www.jackkruse.com/emf-4-why-might-you-need-carbs-for-performance/

4.http://www.jackkruse.com/quantum-biology-2-quantum-pcos/

Good Luck in your search........for answers.

Ac1be7d044a82c85cee039f3435a550f

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on May 19, 2013
at 07:20 AM

Will look at the links, thanks! The taste issue seems to be linked to my salt intake though - I happen to be using a lot more salt in my cooking (roast pork belly and salt baked fish. Yum!) and the sweet taste seems to be less obvious this couple of days. Energy levels are still messed up though. I had half a potato on Thursday night and I've been suffering from bloating, really toxic gas and stomach problems since.

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on May 14, 2013
at 11:45 AM

Some options:

  1. Spring tap water always tastes sweeter (at least here in the Mid-Atlantic) due to the increased mineral content of the soil as new stuff is growing

  2. Ketosis can make things taste different

  3. Recovery energy by eating more carbs

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on May 14, 2013
at 09:06 PM

Very interesting links and I am not sure why you got a bad vote?

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on May 14, 2013
at 07:02 PM

Hmm well this is just a theory, but I've often heard that when people finish the 21 day sugar detox that regular foods taste very sweet. You mention that you haven't had many vegetables and I'm assuming you didn't have much fruit if you were on low carb. It could be that you've been eating savory food and you're just not used to anything that's not savory. Also sometimes when I'm dehydrated I notice that water tastes sweeter.

If you don't start feeling better in a week or so consider seeing your doctor just in case. Hope you're feeling better soon!

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