So last week for a variety of reasons I ended up not eating any food for about five days (started out with a stomach bug the first day, but that passed pretty quick, just ended up not very hungry plus traveling with nothing on offer that whetted my dulled appetite). Probably not super healthy, but hey, I guess the cool kids would call it an inadvertent “cleanse.”
I was well hydrated, etc., and actually felt pretty good – not light-headed. And while I’ve heard of ketosis and the side effects of burning stored fat, I never had a bad taste in my mouth, etc.
But . . . on about day 3 I was talking to a friend face-to-face and started thinking . . . dude, did you just eat a clove or garlic or something? I got a really strong sulfurous/garlic smell, from a foot or more away, off his breath (not a guy I usually associate with halitosis). By day 4 and 5, I reached the conclusion that all of my acquaintances had not suddenly abandoned oral hygiene and taken to an all-kimchee diet or something, but that’s sure what it smelled like – everyone I talked to had breath that smelled (to me) that way.
When I started eating again, this phenomenon receded, and now most people don’t give off any perceptible odor when talking face to face (excepting chronic smokers or known halitosis sufferers).
What was going on here? Anyone else ever have that experience?