Cure Bad Breath. There is nothing more embarrassing than finding out you have bad Breath or halitosis. Halitosis is a foul sulfurous odor coming from the mouth and nose as we speak and breath. The mouth is one of the most germ-filled parts of the body. Most of the time halitosis is nothing dangerous, but it is embarrassing and can hinder your desire to socialize and be with other people. There are times when halitosis can be a symptom of something more serious going on with your health. It is always good to see your physician make sure you are healthy and no underlying medical issues. Can you cure bad breath? Yes!
What Causes Bad Breath?
Everyone has experienced temporary bad breath at one time or another. Like when you are sick, have a cold, flu or sinus infection. If halitosis is a daily occurrence, it is time to find out where it is coming from and address the problem. You don’t want to lose friends or even a business deal because your breath smells.
Common Causes of Bad Breath
- Digestive problems – Acid reflux, lactose intolerance, bacteria in the gut
- Candida – An overgrowth of fungus in the body caused by too much sugar, and medications
- Dental decay – Cavities and broken teeth produce bacteria and inflammation
- Medications – Medication like antihistamines, antidepressants and high blood pressure can cause dry mouth.
- Pregnancy – Hormonal changes in pregnant women can cause bad breath
- Dry mouth – This can happen if you take certain medications or you are chronically dehydrated.
- Gingivitis – This is a gum disease causing inflammation and bleeding gums
- Foods you eat – Many foods can leave a bad odor in your mouth. Use mouthwash or brush your teeth and tongue
- Bleeding gums – Result of gum disease
- Smoking – Tobacco smells clings to you closes, home and your breath
- Sinus Infections – A sinus infection and post nasal drip can cause halitosis.
How to Check if You Have Bad Breath
The first steps to improving your bad breath are to realize that you have it. It is hard to tell yourself if you have a problem with breath odor. You can ask a close friend or spouse to check your breath or check it yourself. Scrape your tongue with a spoon. Allow the film on the spoon to dry and sniff. If it smells, you have bad breath.
I remember a commercial in the 60’s, where a grandmother came to visit, and after greeting her grandson, he looked at her and said, “Gee grandma your breath smells funny!” That is not the way you want to find out you have a problem. Use the methods below to make sure your breath is always fresh.
Quick Remedies for Halitosis
- Take probiotic supplements – kills bacteria can organisms that cause bad breath
- Peppermint essential oils – a few drops in a glass of water kills bacteria in the gut
- Baking soda – alkalizes the body. Take a pinch of baking soda between means
- Drink more green juices – wheat juices, celery, cucumber, cilantro, celery
- Parsley – neutralizes odors, high in chlorophyll. Check, add to a salad or juice.
- pH 2.5 Alkaline Water: Rinse with alkaline water. Kills most bacteria, germs
- Probiotics(2): Probiotics also balance bacteria in the digestive system, and treats constipation, which can help improve breath.
- Chlorophyll, alfalfa, charcoal: Ingesting these will help with your breath from the inside out.
- Brush or scrape: Brush or scrape your tongue with a tongue scraper or toothbrush.
- Drink water: Water prevents dehydration, and flushes impurities from the body
- Treat constipation: Deodorize the mouth.
- Oil pulling – Swish coconut oil in your mouth for 10 to 15 minutes. Detoxifies gums, prevents bacteria built in the mouth and breaks down plaque.
- Wheatgrass – Mix 1/8 of a teaspoon and a shot glass of water and swish for 5 minutes. High in chlorophyll, kills bacteria, heals gum tissue, stops odors, heals sores, sinus problems.
- Water – Drink 1/2 your body weight in ounces of water.
Dehydration can cause bad breath. Water cleans the tongue and removes toxins from the body. When toxins build up in the body, it can create a foul mouth. The human body is mostly water; it is necessary for users to consume enough of it, to enable our body to detoxify itself. Dehydration can be a significant cause of breath odor. Water helps digestion and elimination. A lack of water in the diet can cause difficulty in digestion as well as constipation. Make sure to drink, at least half your body weight in water to help with fresher breath.