6 Little Known Bad Breath Remedies
Bad breath is another example of how the body has a limited number of ways to respond to an infinite number of “insults” or problems.
Let me explain…
The conventional wisdom is that halitosis is caused by something in the mouth. But just as skin blemishes are more commonly the result of imbalances inside your body, so is bad breath.
For example, a metallic smell on the breath can indicate heavy metals in the body, in which case a detoxification program would be beneficial. Milk intolerances can also lead to bad breath. As can a wide variety of other systemic imbalances.
But frequently, it’s a problem in the gut.
Bad Breath Starts in the Gut…
Poor digestion is probably the chief culprit of halitosis. This is because poorly digested foods let off smelly gasses that escape through your mouth.
Problems with digestion primarily arise when you don’t have enough digestive enzymes (which is a possibility for anyone over 40), when you don’t have enough hydrochloric acid (HCL) in your stomach, or when the flora in your small intestines are out of balance.
So to get rid of your bad breath, you’ll want to improve your digestion and gut function.
Here’s how to do that…
A 2-Step Solution for Bad Breath…
For most, eliminating bad breath comes down to two steps…
Step 1: Go on a Bad Breath Diet…
When gut ecology isn’t properly balanced between the “good” and the “bad” bacteria, it’s like having a garden that’s overgrown with weeds. The weeds in this case are yeast like Candida albicans, which can cause all sorts of health problems, including bad breath.
To get rid of these yeast, you want to starve them. Since they live on sugar, an “anti-yeast” diet is the ticket. That means no sugar, bread, pasta, rice, cereal, or even fruit for a couple of weeks. Protein, vegetables, and good fat are the way to go.
Getting more fiber in your diet—always a good idea—feeds the good bugs and promotes the elimination of toxins from the body.
Since highly processed foods loaded with bad fats and sugar can contribute to digestive problems (and to bad breath), the more whole foods you can incorporate into your diet the better.
Vegetables and fruits help rebalance the system by providing a nice alkaline balance to our highly acidic, overly processed standard American diet. So make sure you’re eating enough. I’ll give you an easy solution to get more veggies in your diet in a moment.
You can also add natural breath mints to your daily regimen. For example, chewing parsley or mint leaves has been used as a natural remedy for thousands of years. Parsley also happens to be very high in chlorophyll which is a natural deodorizer and will help with that acid/base balance I mentioned a moment ago.
Leaves from the peelu tree have cleaning agents that kill microbes and germs and a scent that makes breath naturally fresh. And herbs like coriander, ginger, cumin, and fennel are helpful as well. Indian restaurants usually provide a little bowl of fennel seeds for customers. Chewing on them freshens the breath in the nicest and most natural way.
Step 2: Rebalance Your Digestion and Freshen Your Breath with Supplements…
Taking digestive enzyme supplements help improve digestion for many, and benefit most people over forty regardless of whether or not they have bad breath. Not only do the enzymes address some of the root causes of bad breath, they also help us break down and use protein, which can become a lot more difficult for people over forty.
While many people are worried they produce too much stomach acid, the fact is many don’t produce enough. Taking HCL may help bad breath as well as myriad other health problems associated with low stomach acid including bloating, gas, and even fatigue.
And because overall gut health depends so heavily on the proper balance of bacteria in your small intestine, a good probiotic supplement is always a great idea. It’s especially important if you have bad breath.
Below you will find out favorite digestive enzymes, HCL, and probiotics. These should be the core of your bad breath supplement program. But I’ve also included a few recommendations on natural breath fresheners and other supplements that may be helpful as well.
Designs for Health is one of our favorite supplement manufacturers, because they make some of the cleanest and most clinically useful products on the market. Digestzymes is a combination of the most important enzymes for digestion of proteins, fats, and carbohydrates.
We like this product because it contains the ideal dose of HCL to start experimenting with. Here is what to do: Take one HCL capsule before a big meal. At the next big meal, take two capsules, and at the third big meal take three capsules, and so on. Continue doing this until you feel a warming sensation in your stomach. Then back off one capsule. That’s the dosage you need to help you with digestion.
This probiotic contains human-derived strains of probiotics. Why is this important? Because they have been shown to adhere better to the human gastrointestinal tract. Pharmax makes the only line of probiotics that contain human-derived strains of probiotics. All other brands are made from animal or dairy strain which may not have the same effects.
Activated charcoal absorbs toxins and is a natural purifier. It may also sweeten your breath. Take it alone, between meals.
Barlean’s Greens contains a nice amount of chlorophyll-containing grasses. Chlorophyll is nature’s deodorizer, and, according to some naturopaths, a great blood purifier, meaning it helps support detoxification.
This organic greens drink also makes it extremely easy to get more servings of veggies into your diet which is always a plus.
This is great for killing microbes in the gut. Take 2 capsules, three times a day.
With a few simple changes to your diet and these supplements, you may say good bye to your embarrassing bad breath (and a variety of other symptoms) for good.
Wishing You Health and Wellness,
The Rockwell Nutrition Team