Bad breath, or halitosis, is a problem that has plagued human kind for centuries. There are few things less pleasant and comfortable in social situations than talking to someone with bad breath. Commonly most individuals would choose a mint, a piece of gum or alcohol mouthwash gargles as their go-to solution, as it quickly masks the problem.
Here are some natural ways to kick bad breath.
Oil Swishing / Oil Pulling
Oil pulling / Oil Swishing is an ancient Ayurvedic method of cleansing, used to cleanse the mouth of bacteria and other microbes. It has both short term as well as long term positive effects on both oral health and general health.
- Take a few tea spoons of oil (Coconut, sesame or olive)
- Swish in the mouth for 20 Minutes
- Spit it out
- Rinse well
More often than not, bad breath is usually a sign of dehydration. Drinking some plain ol’ water will help to reduce the stench.
In order for your body to produce enough bacteria-fighting saliva, you must be drinking plenty of clean, fluoride-free water throughout the day. – foodmatters.tv
Green Tea, besides its benefits of antioxidants and great aroma, can also help to reduce bad breath, due to its antibacterial compounds that reduce germs and other bacteria in your mouth! Brew it & drink it, the natural way.
If you’re serious about combating bad breath, chase your meal with green tea or sip it throughout the day. Green tea helps keep your breath fresh because it has antibacterial compounds that fight the germs in your mouth. – Howstuffworks.com
A lot of mouth odor comes from way further down the gastrointestinal (GI) track, and is caused by how the bacteria that inhabit your GI track metabolize the food you send down there. So changing your bacteria can often change the odors from your mouth. – Huffington Post
So what exactly are Probiotic foods?
Probiotics are organisms such as bacteria or yeast that are believed to improve health. They are available in supplements and foods. The idea of taking live bacteria or yeast may seem strange at first. After all, we take antibiotics to fight bacteria. But our bodies naturally teem with such organisms…
… “Probiotics can improve intestinal function and maintain the integrity of the lining of the intestines” – Web MD