Why do we suffer from bad breath and how can we treat it naturally?
Bad breath or halitosis is very frequent, especially in the morning after your mouth has been at rest and has produced little saliva. However, some people suffer from it more often and throughout the whole day. Here are the causes of bad breath as well as some natural remedies, medicinal plants, supplements, and tips on how to avoid it.
- Poor oral hygiene
- Dental problems
- Tooth implants
- Certain medicines
- Throat infections
- Chronic gastritis
- Poor functioning of the liver
When it is frequent and does not improve with any remedy or change in habits or if you can’t determine the cause, you should consult your doctor. There are some serious diseases, like lung cancer, that have bad breath as one of their symptoms.
To treat halitosis, we should first eliminate the possible causes. If it is due to digestion or liver problems, which is the most common cause, we can follow some of the natural remedies. We should help clean the body, as it is showing that there are food remnants that are being broken down in our gastrointestinal tract.
Salads with Chlorophyll
A delicious and natural remedy is to eat fresh salads daily containing parsley, celery, mint, and avocado, with olive oil dressing and a little bit of sea salt. These salads are very cleansing and help the liver. Keep an eye out especially for green foods, rich in chlorophyll, since this substance helps neutralize odors and cleans and refreshes our entire oral cavity.
The juniper is a native species of Europe, which grows in its humid and cool forests, as well as in Northern Asia and North America.
This natural cure is easy to do, but the instructions should be followed closely. They consist of chewing juniper berries a half hour before meals in the following frequency:
- Days 1, 2, and 3: one juniper berry before every meal
- Days 4, 5, and 6: two juniper berries before every meal
- Day 7 and on: 5 juniper berries before every meal
You can do it for fifteen days at different times of the year.
This micro-alga is made up of 60% vegetable albumin, which is very valuable and contains 19 amino acids, 8 of which must be consumed in our diet because our body cannot produce them by itself. Also, Chlorella is a natural source of mineral substances and vitamins, especially the B12 vitamin. In the case of bad breath, the chlorophyll in Chlorella produces an antibacterial effect, and, as a result, neutralizes bad odors. Moreover, it also helps us cleanse our body of heavy metals and other toxic substances. You can buy it in pill form and follow the product’s instructions.
Activated charcoal, which is popular for fighting gas and diarrhea, can be very useful for curing halitosis since it is disinfectant, absorbent, and doesn’t spoil. Just one teaspoon with some water after meals is enough, although we can also buy it in pill form. If you tend to suffer from constipation, it may be better to follow one of the other remedies.
There are certain medicinal plants at our disposal that counteract bad breath and help improve how the digestive system functions. We can prepare a liter of tea with the following herbs and take it throughout the day.
You can sweeten it with Stevia as well as adding the juice from half of a lemon.
Tips for good dental hygiene
Cleaning our mouths well is very important. Not only because of the food remnants that get trapped in there, but also because today’s diet contains a lot of toxic substances. We recommend following these simple tips to avoid bad breath and improve your mouth’s health:
- Floss daily
- Brush your teeth for at least two minutes
- Use natural toothpaste that doesn’t contain sodium laurel sulfate, a substance that is too aggressive for our mouth’s pH
- Gargle with natural teas of sage, thyme, cinnamon, mint, etc.
- Gargle daily with oil
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