July 25, 2013

GOT THE BAD BREATH BLUES? CHEER UP! TRY THESE NATURAL REMEDIES

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Bad Breath

Do people back up when you begin to speak? Do your loved ones gently push you away as if you have the kiss of death? If you answered YES to either of these questions, then you might be suffering from halitosis.

HALITOSIS?  WHAT’S  THAT??

Simply? Halitosis is BAD BREATH. No one is exempt from experiencing bad breath and 25% of the population have persistent (or chronic) bad breath affecting their personal, social and business relationships resulting in increased stress and poor self-esteem. So… for some folks, bad breath is not a joke. We all have bacteria living in our mouths and on our tongues. This bacteria can and does produce hydrogen sulfide giving off the foul odor we recognize as bad breath.

DO  THE  BREATH  TEST

Check for bad breath by cupping your hands over your mouth and nose, give a puff as if blowing into a balloon, and then quickly sniff your breath. You will immediately know if you have bad breath based on the smell.

HOW  DID  THE  ANCIENTS  GRAPPLE  WITH  BAD  BREATH?

As long as humans have been producung saliva in their mouths and eating food, bad breath existed. Today, I would argue to say that bad breath is probably more prevalent due to the poor western diet from processed foods. However, it is interesting to see some of the ancient remedies our ancesters concocted.

  • Egg  Shells The ancient Chinese would chew or scrub teeth with egg shell powder to scour away the bad bacterial odor after a meal.
  • ClovesThe ancient people of the Middle East chewed on cloves to tackle bad breath.
  • Guava Peels This is an olf folk cure from Thailand. People chew on the peels for hours to clean up odor from tooth decay.
  • ParsleyThe ancient Romans chewed on this herb after meals to clean their breath. It is probably the reason parsley is served as a garnish today. NOTE: Don’t leave that parsley on your plate. Chew on it after your meal. In addition to being a  healthy herb, parsley helps fight bad breath.

The Greek physician Hippocrates concocted a mouthrinse cocktail using the ingredients salt, alum and vinegar to treat halitosis. Two other common ancient mouthwash recipes combined these following ingredients:

  • Honey, oil and beer
  • Dill, anise and myrrh

WHAT  CAUSES  YOUR  BAD  BREATH?

There are numerous causes for bad breath; some are simple and some are more complicated. In rare situations, halitosis can be a sign of a serious medical condition. No remedy here is intended to diagnose, treat or cure to prevent any disease. If you are experiencing chronic bad breath, consult your doctor and/or dentist.

  • FoodOf course the obvious potent foods and liquids like garlic, onions, coffee and alcohol are definite contributors to bad breath. Coffee and alcohol are dehydrating, leading to dry mouth creating ugly odors. Insufficient digestion caused by not chewing food completely can also lead to bad breath. NOTE: Extreme dieting or radical diets create major changes in the body that can result in bad breath.
  • Acid Reflux The dictionary says…Gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD/GORD), or acid reflux disease, is a chronic symptom of mucosal damage caused by stomach acid coming up from the stomach into the esophagus. Often, this gastro-intestinal bacteria works its way up into the throat and mouth resulting in nasty bad breath.
  • Poor Oral Hygiene Insufficient brushing and flossing of teeth leaves food particles in-between teeth and leads to plaque build-up. Bacteria feed on these food sugars expelling sulfuric smelling compounds. If periodontal (gum) disease is present in the mouth, then the bad breath odors become stinkier and more constant. NOTE: Unclean dentures and dental appliances such as braces and retainers can be harbors for bacteria growth.
  • Smoking/chewing tobacco Smoker’s breath reduces saliva flow which leads to a built up of bad bacteria. Researchers have found that both smoking and chewing tobacco can lead to periodontal disease and cancers of the mouth.
  • MedicineAlthough the goal of taking any medication is to help cure or subside illnesses,  various medicines are also contributors to bad breath. One of the side effects is “dry mouth” and some of these medicines include antihistamines, diuretics, antihypertensives, sedatives, antipsychotics, anorexiants, anticholinergics and anti-Parkinson agents.
  • Stress Most people (and doctors) would not recognize this cause for bad breath initially. However, a tramatic experience or a series of negative events can trigger gum disease. Years ago I worked with a young woman having problems with her family and then her boyfriend broke off their relationship. She was so devastated and under so much stress, she contracted gum disease and needed periodontal treatment.
  • Tongue or mouth piercings It might be the fashionable thing to do BUT tongue piercing can bring about noxious breath by providing a haven for harmful bacteria. According to researchers, there are higher incidences of yeast infections in persons with tongue piercings.
  • Sinus problems Bad breath can emanate from congestion and illnesses of the sinuses and nose. Nasal mucus, or a continual nasal drip, create a breeding ground for unfriendly bacteria to grow and flourish in the mouth.
  • More serious health conditions Chronic medical conditions destabilizes the body’s natural balance and leads to an environment ripe for unfriendly germs which result in bad breath. Dry mouth is a major symptom of chronic conditions or disesases such as diabetes, chronic acid reflux and liver and kidney disorders. Some serious conditions can actually release bad breath odors through the lungs and enter the mouth.

A REMEDY NOT WORTH THE CONVENIENCE – WARNING!  AGAINST  CHEWING  GUM

Chewing gum might appear as a convenient, quick fix to bad breath. However, please consider these negatives:

  • Sugar gum causes tooth decay and cavities. Sugar is also inflammatory and is nothing but a bunch of empty, non-nutritious calories.
  • Sugarless gum is just as bad as sugar gum but in a different way. Sugar substitutes are chemicals and ingesting these chemicals regularly can be dangerous to your health.
  • If the first 2 reasons NOT to chew gum didn’t convince you, then maybe this reason might do it. Most gum is made from synthetic polymers like rubber and polyelthylene. It is then mixed with latex and injected with artificial sweeteners. YUK!

BE  A  BREATH  OF  FRESH  AIR – TRY  THESE  NATURAL  REMEDIES

  • POP  A  MINT  IN  YOUR  MOUTH Since people pop breath mints by the gazillions, this is a good time to review breath mint labels. I am not promoting or rejecting any particular brand but want you to be aware of the ingredients so you can make an informed choice. Obviously, the more natural ingredients you choose, the better. Think about the quantity of breath mints (or breath spray) you consume. Artificial colors and dyes such as Blue #1 and Yellow #5 can be harmful in the long term.

1.) BLUE  # 1  has been banned in some European countries and/or must carry warnings on labels. Some toxicity studies show chromosomal damage and allergen and ADHD health issues.

2.) YELLOW  # 5  has been banned in Norway and in several countries must carry warnings on labels. Some toxicity studies show thyroid tumors, lymphocytic lymphomas and chromosomal damage. Health issue findings include allergies, anxiety, depression, itching, migraines, general weakness and ADHD.

If you are interested in learning more about artificial colors, SEE Dyes in Your Food-part of a Dr. Feingold study on ADHD and The FDA study on food dyes and general information   NOTE: The FDA link might re-direct to the correct website.

YOU SHOULD KNOW…..In 2011,  an advisory panel for the FDA concluded that although artificial food dyes may trigger hyperactivity in a small percentage of children with behavioral problems such as ADHD, there isn’t enough evidence to claim that food dyes cause hyperactivity in the general population. While the color dyes and their perspective numbers must be on food labels, the panel voted against recommending warning labels on foods with artificial dyes and called for more research.

Read both labels below and decide which mint ingredients you should choose.

Mints Label-VerMintsMints Label-Altoids

  • GENERAL ORAL HYGENE Have regular dental check-ups and get your teeth professionally cleaned regularly to maintain a healthy mouth. Floss teeth daily; in addition, I use a water pik daily and love it. Brush teeth after meals with a toothpaste containing natural ingredients. Lightly brush your tongue and massage your gums with the toothbrush. Some people like using a tongue scraper. DO NOT USE TOOTHPASTE WITH THE INGREDIENT “TRICLOSAN”. Found most often in anti-bacterial products, triclosan is found in many  toothpaste brands. Unfortunately, the United States Environmental Protection  Agency (EPA) classifies triclosan as a pesticide, stating it poses a risk to  both human health and the environment. Scientists categorize triclosan as a  chlorophenol, which is a type of chemical suspected of causing cancer in humans. Use mouthwash WITHOUT alcohol. Alcohol dries the mouth and contributes to building plaque on teeth. Try a mouthwash with zinc and essential oils such as tea tree oil, peppermint oil, lemon oil, orange oil or niaouli oil made from the leaves of a evergreen tree.
    RECIPE: Out of toothpaste? A natural solution is to brush your teeth with a little fine ground salt and apple juice. The salt tightens the gums and the applejuice whitens the teeth. Rinse thoroughly.
  • DRINK  WATER – One of the healthiest solutions to bad breath is to drink 8 (8 oz.) glasses of water daily to keep the mouth hydrated.
  • DIET  CHANGE – Simple food changes from processed foods to more natural foods can keep bad breath away. Do a complete assessment and make necessary changes. Consult a nutritionist or your health care practitioner.
  • CHEW  ON  THIS An apple a day keeps bad breath at bay~~~chew on fresh parsley, spearmint, rosemary, sage, tarragon, coriander and dills seeds up to a minute of chewing~~~chew on one clove after each meal~~~chew on raw carrots and celery to fight plaque build-up and bad bacteria~~~eat probiotics: fermented foods like yogurt and sauerkraut for better digestion and to fight built up toxins from bad gut bacteria that leads to bad breath.
  • DRINK  TEA Research suggests that the polyphenols found in green and black tea may stop the growth of bacteria responsible for bad breath. In addition to the anti-oxidant benefits, drinking tea can prevent the production of hydrogen sulfide that results in bad breath odor. Drinking sage tea is helpful and drinking stinging nettle tea can help eliminate built up toxins and metals which also lead to halitosis.
  • SUPPLEMENT  WITH  ZINC In addition to using a mouthwash with zinc, you might want to supplement with oral zinc if you are deficient in this mineral. Zinc deficiency is a common cause of bad breath and eating zinc rich foods like pumpkin seeds, gourd seeds and cacao seeds can systemically address your bad breath problem.
  • MANAGING  STRESS Most people have their little tricks to reduce stress and anxiety. If you suspect stress is causing your bad breath, then do something about it. Search for any (and all) relaxation techniques, exercise more, reduce caffeine and sugar, watch comedy movies and laugh out loud, enjoy nature and get outside,  join a yoga class and/or take up a hobby that makes you feel happy. You get the picture…right?

So go a head, be confident…… and don’t hold your breath to whisper sweet nothings in your lover’s ear!

 

 

 

 

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