Bad breath! Not a cool subject to discuss, but necessary. I run into someone almost every day who has what I call ‘bowel breath’. It’s so unpleasant. Young kids right to seniors can have bad breath and no one wants to smell it. You’ve got your garlic breath which is temporary and then there’s halitosis which is a more chronic condition.
It’s said that about 50% of the population has bad breath; that’s a lot of people. Bad breath is not only immensely embarrassing, it could also be a sign of serious health issues.
Causes of Bad Breath
Bad breath is caused from a bacteria build up, sulfur containing compounds, and yeast and candida overgrowth in the body. Most people think bad breath originates in the stomach, but it comes from the back of the tongue, tonsils and throat. But, chronic bad breath is usually a symptom of a lurking problem, like poor oral hygiene, bad diet, gum disease, tooth decay or medical conditions like diabetes. Stank breath can also be caused by not enough saliva.
♥ It’s obvious that garlic and onions are bad breath culprits, but that usually fades after a day or two. So use them in moderation.
♥ Fried and High Trans Fat foods take a long time to digest so they’ll produce halitosis.
♥ Smoking and coffee can dry out your mouth and leave a nasty pungent odor.
♥ Sugary foods and drinks coat your teeth. Bacteria in the mouth use sugars to produce glycan strands, which cause thick layers of plaque on tooth enamel and gums. These glycan strands lead to tooth decay, gum disease, and bad breath.
Many assume mouthwash it the solution. They claim to kill bacteria and bad breath effectively, but that’s simply not possible. Plus, many brands of mouthwash contain alcohol—as much as 27% which decreases the flow of saliva, which then causes bad breath.
♥ Make sure you brush your teeth twice daily for two minutes with a natural toothpaste.
♥ Floss all of your teeth well, once a day.
♥ Use a tongue scraper daily.
♥ Use non-alcoholic mouthwashes.
♥ Use essential oils like peppermint, spearmint, myrrh and cloves to rinse your mouth.
♥ Replace your toothbrush every 2-3 months.
♥ Drink plenty of water to keep your mouth moist.
♥ Avoid white starches like white rice, bread, etc.; they break down into sugars which yeast and candida feed off.
♥ Eat fermented and probiotic rich foods; yogurt, sauerkraut, kombucha and coconut kefir.
♥ Eat parsley; it’s rich in chlorophyll which has antibacterial and deodorizing properties.
♥ Eat fennel. Chew a tablespoon of chopped fennel to sweet your breath or drink fennel tea daily.
♥ Included cinnamon in your diet. It contains the essential oil cinnamic aldehyde, which not only gets rid of bad breath, it also reduces the amount of bacteria in your mouth.
♥ Cloves. Pop a few pieces of cloves in your mouth and suck on them slowly. It will eliminate bad breath quickly.
♥ Go suck a lemon…literally. The acidic content in lemons prevents the growth of bacteria in your mouth. Suck on a slice of lemon, or add a squeezed lemon to a glass of water. Or add one tablespoon of lemon to a glass of water and swish and rinse your mouth.
♥ Eat high fiber foods — they help improve digestion and aid your body in expelling toxins.
♥ Consume healthy fats like coconut oil – but check with your doctor first if you have gallbladder or liver issues.
If you have chronic bad breath, it’s best to visit your doctor first to rule out any serious issues first.