Trouble with Keto?

Why do I have a dry mouth on keto?

The amount of saliva that an adult produces a day is between .5 and 1.5 liters a day. That’s 2 to 6 cups of saliva every single day!

On keto you are no longer consuming starches, breads, potatoes or sugar, hopefully. So the need for amylase, the enzyme that helps to break down starches goes way down, and so does the need to produce the fluid that contains it, saliva.

Another cause for dry mouth has to do with your electrolytes. On keto the need for certain minerals goes up, especially potassium and magnesium.

A lot of times when someone cuts down on carbs, they cut down their vegetable carbohydrates as well. So potentially they are not getting the minerals that they need from their foods. You would have to consume about 7 to 10 cups of salad per day to meet your potassium requirement, which is 4,700 mg. When doing keto, people often are not emphasizing doing more vegetables as Dr. Berg does in Healthy Keto®. On a Healthy Keto diet you would consume more vegetables and wouldn’t have a problem with electrolytes.

To prevent dry mouth when doing keto you can increase the amount of vegetables that you are consuming, take a good electrolyte powder, and increase your sodium chloride in the form of Himalayan sea salt. That’s because all of these minerals help to establish better hydration and decrease the dry mouth that you may experience on keto.

Last updated: Oct 22, 2023 19:16 PM