7 Ways to Treat Bad Breath Naturally
In this article I am going to share with you ways to treat bad breath naturally. Bad breath occurs when noticeably unpleasant odors are exhaled in breathing. It is estimated to be the third most frequent reason for seeking dental aid, following tooth decay and periodontal disease. The intensity of bad breath differs during the day, due to eating certain foods (such as garlic, onions, meat, fish, and cheese), smoking, and alcohol consumption.
Since the mouth is exposed to less oxygen and is inactive during the night, the odor is usually worse upon awakening. The most common location for mouth related bad breath is the tongue. Tongue bacteria produce compounds and fatty acids, and accounts for 80 to 90% of all cases of mouth-related bad breath. However a great deal of bad breath originates in the gut due to poor digestion.
Here are some effective ways to treat bad breath naturally:
1. Digestive Enzymes and Probiotics – when you have poor digestion, consume digestive enzymes. Digestive enzimes that contain hydrochloric acid (HCl) are highly recommended. Low stomach acid causes to symptomes like bad breath, bloating, gas and fatigue. In these cases HCl can help. The recommended dosage is 1 or 2 with every meal.
2. Probiotic Supplement – Gut health depends also on the proper balance of bacteria. In this case a good probiotic supplement, acidophilus and/or bifidus, is a great idea. The recommended dosage is 1 or 2, three times a day or as directed. You can also take the powdered form with water.
3. A diet for bad breath – if there is no balance between the “good” and the “bad” bacteria in the gut, it can cause bad breath. In this case oil of oregano capsules are a good idea to kill the “bad” bacteria. It is advised to take 2 capsules, three times a day. Since the “bad” bacteria live on sugar, you can have a diet that eliminates sugar, bread, pasta, rice, cereal or even fruit for a couple of weeks. Instead, consume protein, vegetables and good fats such as olive oil. More fibre in your diet is also a good idea to eliminate toxins from the body .The more whole foods you consume into your diet, the better, as processed foods are high in bad fats and sugar that can contribute to digestive problems and bad breath.
4. Charcoal - Another great supplement for helping bad breath and toxins in the gut is activated charcoal. It is recommended to take charcoal tablets between meals with plenty of water, and not at the same time as nutritional supplements or medications, as it may interfere with absorption.
5. Chlorophyll – chlorophyll acts as an active ingredient to eliminate mouth odors. Clorets gum is a line of chewing gum and mints generally contains Actizol, a proprietary ingredient that has chlorophyll within it. Some practitioners recommend taking a few chlorophyll capsules or tablets on an empty stomach to eliminate gut toxins and support gut health. There are also “green drinks” found in health food supermarkets which contain chlorophyll containing grasses.
6. Chewing herbs – Parsley is very high in chlorophyll. Chewing parsley or mint leaves is a natural cure for bad breath. Chewing these herbs is especially good if you ate before garlic or onions. These plants seem to reduce the production of gas in your gut and promoted better digestion. Also herbs like coriander, ginger, cumin and fennel are helpful and chewing them freshens the breath.
7. Peelu – Peelu is a tree whose fibres contains minerals that help oral hygiene and prevents gum bleeding. It also has agents that kill germs and a natural scent that refreshes breath. There are products that contain peelu as dental fibres, toothpaste or chewing gums.
If your bad breath is a result of a gum disease, go to your dentist. Gum disease is a common cause of bad breath and a dentist will be able to advise on treatment if you have gum disease.
Have a fresh breath!
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