Bad Breath (Halitosis)
If you've ever eaten garlic or
onions - or stood next to someone who has - you know that certain foods
reliably produce a sour or strong odor on the breath. These foods, usually ones
that are pungent or spicy, contain foul-smelling sulfur compounds that are
released not just into the mouth but into the bloodstream and the lungs as
well. Even if you brush and gargle, you'll continue to exhale the sulfur with
every breath until the food is fully metabolized, a process that can take up to
twenty-four hours. This kind of food-induced bad breath can sometimes be
socially troubling (especially if your companions have not eaten the same
sulfur-producing food that you have), but it is in no way a health threat. If
you enjoy eating spicy, strong food, complementary medicine offers some
effective ways to mask the temporarily offensive result.
Persistent bad breath, on the other
hand, is medically known as halitosis and is a symptom of an underlying
problem. Many cases are warning signs of insufficient oral hygiene. If you do
not clean your teeth after eating, bacteria will feed on the food particles
left in your mouth and emit sulfur as a digestive by-product. Eventually, these
bacteria will cause tooth decay andgum disease, disorders that, in turn, lead
to even worse-smelling breath.
If regular brushing and flossing
don't improve chronic bad breath, it's quite possible that you are suffering
from a toxic body system. An improper diet and a poorly functioning digestive
system can lead to the accumulation of toxins, which is reflected in bad
breath. If you are constipated (as are many people who follow poor diets) and
cannot eliminate the poisons via your bowels, the body may try to expel some of
them every time you breathe out. A cleansing program followed by dietary
changes, should help get rid of the toxins and, with them, the cause of bad
Also, undetected infections of the
throat such as tonsillitis, as well as sinusitis can be the underlying cause of
foul breath. These conditions may be the result of food or environmental
allergens causing mucus formation and postnasal drip. Along these lines are
chronic root canal infections, as well as teeth and mercury fillings that are
decaying. The repeated use of antibiotics can wipe out the good flora in your
mouth, which leads to the overgrowth of bad bacteria that cause bad breath.
Smoking is another obvious method of
poisoning your body, and the best way to clear up the breath it causes is to
give up the habit.
In rare cases, halitosis is a
symptom of a serious disease. If the suggestions listed here don't improve your
breath, consult a holistic dentist first and then a doctor, if necessary. It is
possible that you have a dental disorder or even a disease of the kidneys or
liver. Take chronic bad breath seriously, but do exercise some common sense.
Our society places an unnaturally high priority on eliminating body odors, and
many dentists have noted that otherwise healthy patients can become convinced
their breath is offensive, when in fact it is perfectly normal. If your close
friends and health professionals assure you that your breath is fine, it's
probably wisest to trust them.
Bad Breath (Halitosis)
Prescription for Natural Cures by James F. Balch and Mark Stengler
Super Prescription #1 Chlorophyll - LifeSource Product
Take a teaspoonful of liquid chlorophyll after meals. Chlorella, alfalfa, and sprulina are also rich sources. Take as directed on the container.
Super Prescription #2 Xylitol
Use 4 to 12 grams of xylitol in natural gums, mints, toothpastes, or as a mouth rinse. This natural sweetener prevents the bacteria that cause bad breath from sticking to the mucosa of your mouth and teeth.
Super Prescription #3 Parsley
Take 5 drops of liquid parsley extract after each meal to freshen your breath.
Super Prescription #4 Probiotics / Dophilus - LifeSource Product
Take a product containing at least 4 billion organisms. Mix it into water, swish it in your mouth and swallow. It contains friendly bacteria that prevent the build-up of bacteria that cause bad breath, and it improves digestive function and elimination.
Super Prescription #5 Enzymes – Super Enzymes - LifeSource Product
Take a full-range enzyme with each meal to enhance the breakdown and the absorption of food.
Super Prescription # 6 Bitter herbs
Take a digestion formula that contains bitter herbs, such as gentian, to improve overall digestive function. Take as directed on the container at beginning of each meal.
Super Prescription #7 Milk Thistle / Silymarin –
If you are frequently constipated, you probably need to detoxify your liver. Cleanse it with milk thistle (Silybum marianum) extract. Choose a product standardized to 70 to 80 percent silymarin, and take 200 to 250 mg twice a day.
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- Unpleasant odor on the breath
- Pungent or spicy foods
- Inadequate dental hygiene
- Poor diet
- Tooth decay, gum disease
- Chronic infection in the mouth,
throat, or sinuses
- Decaying mercury fillings
- Flora imbalance in the mouth and
the respiratory tract
- Liver failure, kidney disease
Base your meals on healthful sources
of fiber. Whole grains, raw or lightly cooked fruits and vegetables, beans, and
raw nuts and seeds will all improve your digestive system's ability to process
food and expel toxins. Drink a glass of clean water every two waking hours.
You'll keep your digestive system regular and help eliminate poisons.
If you go to a diner or
old-fashioned restaurant, you may notice a sprig of parsley accompanies your
meal. The parsley is meant to be more than a garnish, it's a traditional breath
freshener that really works. Parsley is high in chlorophyll, an agent that
neutralizes odor in the bloodstream and lungs. Other good sources of
chlorophyll include green vegetables, watercress, and alfalfa. If you know
you're going to eat a type of food that causes bad breath, you may want to
incorporate some of these greens into your meal.
Vitamins A and C are necessary for
good dental health. For Vitamin A, consume green or orange vegetables like
carrots, kale, squash, sweet potatoes, and spinach. Eat citrus fruits for
Vitamin C. Cultured products, especially live unsweetened yogurt, will
encourage healthy bacteria to grow in the intestines and will improve
Food to Avoid
- Avoid foods that take a long time
to travel through the digestive system. Red meat, friend food, and processed
food all linger in the system and cause booth constipation and halitosis.
- Mucus slows waste matter in its
passage through the intestines. Cut down on mucus-forming foods like dairy
products, refined flours, chocolate, and bananas.
- Avoid foods that are high in
refined sugar, which leads to tooth decay. Be especially wary of sticky treats
like caramels or hard candies, which can lodge themselves between your teeth
and attract oral bacteria.
- Foods that are most likely to
cause temporary bad breath include garlic, onions, strong cheese, cured meats,
and anchovies. If the resulting odor bothers you, limit or stop your
consumption of these items.
- Brush after every meal, and floss
your teeth before you go to bed. Many people who are assiduous brushers neglect
flossing, but this step is vital to keep food particles out of the spaces
between the teeth.
- Avoid toothpastes that are full of
chemicals and artificial sweeteners. Natural toothpaste is now available at
many drugstores, as well as at health food stores. You can also make your own
with baking soda and hydrogen peroxide. Just before you brush, combine the two
ingredients until they form a paste with a consistency that's to your liking.
You should make a fresh mixture each time you brush your teeth.
- Commercial mouthwashes are just as
bad as most toothpastes. They irritate the soft tissues of the mouth and can
actually encourage bacterial growth. Instead, use a homemade mouthwash of water
and essential oils.
- Even if you keep your teeth
scrupulously clean, see your holistic dentist for regular check-ups. He or she
can remove plaque and other buildup that you may not be able to reach and will
also check for any early signs of decay.
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