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Sweet taste in mouth post work out, taking protein shakes, oats. Normal? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 12-Jun-2013
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Doctor:Dr. XXXXXXX here
Doctor:How can I help you?
User:I have recently resumed working out.. Its been 2 weeks
User:Post work out I feel sweet taste in mouth
User:I workout in morning
User:I take Protein Shake and Oats..
User:and head to gym
User:Is that normal? sweet taste in mouth?
Doctor:Taste alteration happens due to various causes.
User:How can I be sure that it is normal?
Doctor:The type of food consumed, the amount of hydration, presence of infection and various other conditions can alter taste.
User:My age is 24
User:Haven't fallen sick since last year
User:I drink lots of water..
Doctor:Now, it would be extremely difficult to know the cause why you have such sweet taste after work out, as there are no organic medical conditions which can explain such occurrences.
User:And yeah.. I have noticed that I pee a lot.. This is happening after I started gymming
Doctor:It may be due the reduced hydration and changes in the chemical composition of saliva after work out.
User:Is it Ketosis?
User:Read it on net somewhere
Doctor:As long as the symptoms are not persistent and affecting daily life, then it needs no medical attention.
User:Symptoms are persistent.. I mean I experience the same thing everyday
Doctor:Ketosis is associated with diabetes and starvation.
User:Till yesterday it was only for 1-2 hours post workout..
User:But today I still have that taste
User:Any suggestions?
Doctor:You did not mention that you have diabetes and you been starving.
User:Diabetes no..
User:Starving maybe..
Doctor:In the absence of diabetes and starvation, it is unlikely to be related to ketosis.
User:Coz in the morning I only take a protein shake..
User:and my workouts are intense
User:is that harmful?
Doctor:Theoretically, I can consider inadequate food intake and intense work out, a possible explanation, however there are no significant evidence to back up this theory.
Doctor:you can try improving your diet and drink plenty of water before working out and see if the symptoms improve.
Doctor:If it does, then that could be a cause; and you will know how to correct it.
User:hmm.. ok.. but sweet taste..
User:all of no where
Doctor:If symptoms do not change despite taking good calorie diet and plenty of water and reducing the work out, then it may not be related to ketosis.
User:Ok.. so I will assume that ketosis is not a harmful condition?
Doctor:I think you misunderstood me.
User:Just an alarm to improve my diet and water intake?
Doctor:Ketosis needs to be corrected, however I do not feel what you have is related to ketosis.
Doctor:This just could be related to chemical composition of saliva due to reduced hydration.
User:I will try eating something before workout.. and plenty of drinking water
Doctor:Drink plenty of fluids during workouts - probably you can try electrolyte XXXXXXX fluids such as electral or gatorade or simple coconut water - during the work outs.
Doctor:And avoid fasting before work outs.
Doctor:you can also consider reducing the intensity of work outs.
User:Alright.. This will help..
User:Can I drink glucon D too>
Doctor:If symptoms persist despite these changes, then you may consider getting it tested.
User:i mean during working out
Doctor:Electrolyte XXXXXXX fluid as suggested above or plain water is preferable over glucon D.
User:Thank you Doc.. Have a nice day!
Doctor:Thanks for consulting me.
Doctor:Bye for now.
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