By Ugochi Obiajunwa
Nobody likes to have a bad breath as this situation could be embarrassing and can lower one’s self-esteem. Bad breath or halitosis are often caused by some lifestyle habits which could easily be checked or dealt with. Bad breath could be as a result of strong smelling foods, smoking, dry mouth, gum diseases/ some medical condition. One common misconception about bad breath is that it originates in the gut or stomach. This is a myth. Generally speaking, bad breath comes from the buildup of bacteria at the back of the tongue, throat and tonsils. This is where naturally occurring bacteria are found that put off sulfur compounds resulting in bad breath.
Chronic bad breath is a symptom of an underlying problem, such as poor oral hygiene, poor diet, gum disease, tooth decay, or other more serious medical conditions such as liver disease or diabetes.
The good news is that there are relatively simple ways to take care of halitosis and they are stated below:
- Cut down on Sugars and Grains
Consuming sugar and grains should be done with utmost moderation. So if you’re consuming too many processed sugars, grains, white bread, white rice and even wheat products. Grains that over time store starches which break down into sugar are likely the biggest culprit of bad breath. Sugars and grains promote the action and growth of many bacteria. Eliminating or reducing your intake of sugar, sugar-laden products and grains will help to eliminate bad breath. This move can help you to lose weight and improve your overall health too.
- Consume Healthy Fat
It is advisable to consume healthy fats especially fats present in foods like virgin coconut oil because the truth about saturated fat is that it can be beneficial. Coconut oil contains specific types of fatty acids called medium-chain fatty acids like lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid which are antimicrobial in nature. If you have a liver or gall bladder condition, check with your doctor first before consuming more saturated fats such as coconut oil.
- Add Supplements and Essential Oils
Add certain foods and supplements to your diet to help get rid of bad breath. The first is a probiotic supplement. The second thing you can do is use peppermint essential oil. Just a single drop of peppermint oil on your tongue or in your water can help freshen up your breath.
- Eat Parsley
Parsley is one food that can really help in improving a bad breath. Part of the reason parsley benefits bad breath is because it has an alkaline property. If you are making vegetable juice at home, consuming vegetable juice can actually help give one a fresh breath. Also drinking cucumber and celery juice can improve bad breath. Parsley is rich in chlorophyll which helps it to neutralize bad breath. Simply boil parsley springs and cloves; cool and strain; then use this all-natural mouthwash daily.
Lemon and water plays a vital important role in getting rid of bad breath. You can suck on a lemon slice or squeeze a fresh lemon into a glass of water, and get all the benefits of lemon water. This technique is particularly effective when it comes to combating bad breath from onions, garlic, and the like. Suck on a lemon slice or squeeze a fresh lemon into a glass of water. Then simply drink the water or gargle with it. If you’re unable to do either of these, simply place a drop of lemon juice on the tip of the tongue. Lemon will stimulate saliva production which will help to combat bad breath.
- Drink Lots of Water
A dry mouth is commonly associated with bad breath. A dry mouth is a breeding ground for bacteria which produce sulfur compounds which are one of the most common causes of bad breath. Drinking at least eight glasses of water per day are one of the best ways to keep these bacteria’s actions to a minimum and decrease a bad breath. Drink up to combat bad breath from a dry mouth.