Is Dry Mouth a Sign of Ketosis?

Drinking Water

When you go through a keto diet, your body will start to go through changes as a result of the reduced carb intake. Going into ketosis is not the most comfortable journey, especially for people who are doing a keto diet for the first time. One common question that people have is if dry mouth is expected when you go into ketosis.

The short answer is yes. Dry mouth can be a sign of ketosis. It’s quite dreaded among people who have gone through the experience before. Increasing your fat intake and keeping your carbs below 50 net grams a day can definitely impact your body hydration level. The changes in electrolyte and fluid balance will make you more thirsty. Keto dry mouth is a fairly common side effect of going into ketosis.

In addition to dry mouth, some people may also feel the urge to urinate more frequently. The reason you can get these side effects is due to the following. The carbs you eat get stored as glycogen in the body. Every gram of glycogen contains 3 grams of water. If you take up keto and start losing all the glycogen in the body then this will also result in a loss of water, which leads to thirst.

If you are affected by dry mouth then start reaching for a glass of water. Listen to your body when it becomes thirsty. It’s also a good idea to bring a bottle of water with you whenever you step outside. In some cases, adding salt to the water may help because it is a natural electrolyte enhancer.