If you suffer with bad breath, you know that it can be embarrassing, to say the least. But do you know that there are some foods that can help in the fight against bad breath?
Bad breath results from two key issues – poor oral hygiene and gastrointestinal health. This means that bad breath odors originate not just inside the mouth but also from your digestive tract. And the culprit in both cases is largely bacteria.
Doctors will tell you that if you experience bad breath, you should first make sure you are eating right and brushing and flossing after every meal. But that doesn’t necessarily mean the end of your bad breath.
Here are some things you can ingest that can help.
- Chew on this. Coriander, spearmint, tarragon, eucalyptus, rosemary and cardamom are all good for fighting bad breath. You can chew on fresh herbs or make tonics by steeping them in hot water (as you would when making tea). They are also great for your digestive system.
- Get some active culture. Recent studies revealed that a serving of yogurt each day reduces the level of odor-causing hydrogen sulfide in the mouth. It also appears to reduce bacteria in the mouth-plaque and gum disease was reduced in the study’s yogurt eaters as well. (Note: Be sure to get the kind of yogurt with active cultures, not the overly processed or sugar-added varieties.)
- Add some crunch. Basically any fiber-rich fruit or vegetable – such as apples, carrots and celery – is your friend when it comes to fighting halitosis. Inside your mouth, plaque build-up causes odors. Eating foods that increase saliva production keep the mouth moist and rinsed out.
- Masking techniques. Sugarless gum shouldn’t replace brushing your teeth after a meal, but in a pinch it can freshen breath and is another way to increase saliva production to rinse away plaque and bacteria. Sugarless mints can mask as well, but only briefly.
- High Vitamin C’s. Eating berries, citrus fruits, melons and other vitamin C-rich foods create an unfriendly environment for bacteria growth. A diet rich in vitamin C is also is important for preventing gum disease and gingivitis-both major causes of halitosis. Get your C in foods, not supplements, which can upset your stomach and aggravate bad breath.
If you are embarrassed about your bad breath and want to get to the bottom of what’s causing it – don’t wait another minute.
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