I can think of fewer things more embarrassing than to be a victim of bad breath–either coming from your own mouth or someone else’s mouth. It’s not a subject we like to think about or talk about, but I am sure at some point each of us has caught a whiff of our breath and wrinkled our nose. No amount of teeth brushing and flossing and gargling with mouthwash will cure bad breath if the root cause is not determined and fixed. Let’s talk about this unpleasant cause of embarrassment and try to determine possible sources.
Gut Bacteria (No Surprise Here!)
Take a look at your tongue. If it is thickly coated, this is a sign of weak or malfunctioning digestion. If the balance between the good and bad bacteria and yeast/candida in your gut is nonexistent, then you may experience not only digestive discomforts but bad breath as well. You may observe that your breath gets worse when you’ve eaten too much sugar. This is because the yeast, candida and bad bacteria feeds on sugar and thrives when our diet is loaded with the sweet stuff.
Toxic Overload (Sound Familiar?)
Bad breath can be a sign of toxic overload in our bodies. This is a good indication that we should begin cleaning up our diet and avoiding chemicals in our food and all around us as much as possible Toxins can take a toll on our organs like the liver, GI tract and skin, which all work to detoxify the body. If they cannot perform this detoxification process, bad breath is one of the resulting symptoms. There are several other symptoms of toxic overload which I have covered in previous posts.
Dry Mouth Sufferers……..
Dehydration and stress can be factors in causing bad breath. When you have dry mouth, dead cells stick to the tongue and the inside of the mouth. When bacteria feeds on these dead cells, a bad odor is produced.
What Can Be Done To Eliminate Bad Breath?
As you can see, treating the underlying cause by balancing gut flora should be the initial step taken but this cannot work overnight. There are some immediate remedies you can consider to help relieve bad breath:
- Take a high dose of probiotics to help your body better digest foods, repopulate the gut with a healthy flora and fight off yeast and other bad bacteria troublemakers. Also, include fermented foods like sauerkraut, kimchi and kefir to your diet which all contains lots of delicious and healthy good bacteria.
- Help the detox process and digestive system along by eating enough fiber. It helps you stay regular and actually remove the toxins as they get processed by the body.
- Use a tongue scraper to remove the white coating on your tongue. Bacteria and food can linger there and cause less than fresh breath.
- Try chewing on some cloves which are antibacterial and can help relieve bad breath. You might also try having a cup of ginger tea 20 minutes before a meal to get your digestive juices flowing.
- Consider taking digestive enzyme supplements with your meals to assist your body in breaking down the food you eat. Our bodies do not absorb the actual food we eat, but rather nutrients from the food. Digestive enzymes are responsible for breaking down the food to extract the nutrients.
- You might use baking soda to brush your teeth. Baking soda changes the pH level in your mouth, thereby making it a less desirable environment for bacteria to grow. Brush your tongue along with your teeth with a dampened toothbrush dipped in baking soda.
- DRINK PLENTY OF WATER!!! This keeps you hydrated and avoids dry mouth. You might also drink green tea. It’s high antioxidant content helps fight bacterial growth in the mouth.
These short term remedies are just that–short term actions to provide immediate assistance to control bad breath. But as is the case with so many other illness and afflictions I’ve discussed in other posts, your primary goal should be to get to the root cause of any problem. Time after time, the root cause for so many illnesses and diseases lies within an unhealthy gut.
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