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The keto diet is one of the most common eating modes, but like almost every other diet, there are some drawbacks as well. One of the side effects that people talk about is something called "keto-step." "What is keto-step, you ask? Well, after Women's Health some women have said that her vagina has given off a strong odor after the start of the keto diet, even though the keto-step phenomenon is not official. " The women's health expert Dr. Jennifer Wider told HelloGiggles that Keto could definitely produce more, fragrant vaginas.
Many people have shouted from the rooftops the weight loss benefits of the keto diet shouting celebrities like Sherri Shepherd and Jenna Jameson who have shared their keto-based weight loss stories on Instagram. But a stinking vagina is a big disadvantage. If you are interested in this high-fat, low-carbohydrate diet, it may be a deterrent to the keto-step. And unfortunately, it could be a legitimate side effect. "It is not confirmed in the medical books and not by science, but it is definitely something that people have been talking about on the keto diet," Dr. Contrary.
Like Dr. Cons stated that the goal of keto diet is the goal Let your body enter the metabolic state called ketosis, where your energy comes from burning fat rather than carbohydrates. Therefore, the keto diet includes animal and nut fats and recommends that dieters consume only a very small amount of sugar and carbohydrates. (Related: The Keto Meal Plan for Beginners)
One of the reported effects of the keto diet is "keto-breath," in which your breath smells of acetone. Understandably, the keto-step is not as well known or widely discussed as the keto-breath, but Dr. Wider explained how these smelly body symptoms could be related. "People may have keto-diet breath, which is described by some as a nail polish remover," she said. "At the same time, your step may give off a smell based on the diet and an altered vaginal pH of the diet."
"Foods can change the smell of our body fluids," Dr. Contrary. "For example, certain vegetables such as asparagus, brussels sprouts, and cauliflower are known to do so, but it has been reported that citrus fruits in both men and women (besides cinnamon and nutmeg) cause a pleasant odor of the body's sexual fluid. Other spices such as garlic and Onions, tobacco, and certain types of alcohol can have the opposite effect. "[See also: Why This Nutritionist Is Completely Against The Keto Diet]
It makes sense that your vagina's pH changes dramatically Diet of the keto diet has a negative impact.
According to CDC, the normal pH is around A vagina ranges from 3.8 to 4.2 (the lower the number, the more acidic) and a change in pH may indicate a vaginal infection and cause a change in the pH vaginal discharge. So if you have other symptoms, such as itching, you should see your gynecologist to make sure the smell is not a symptom of a vaginal infection. But if it's just "keto-step," take some comfort in the fact that some women on Reddit noticed that the smell eventually disappeared once their bodies got used to the keto diet. And for the love of your vagina, you should not do any harm to your vaginal health, such as showering, while trying to solve your keto-step problem.
This story originally appeared on HelloGiggles.com by Caitlin Gallagher.