How to Get Rid of Bad Breath in 4 Simple Steps

How to get rid of bad breath - Dr. Axe
[Below is my transcript of my video on how to get rid of bad breath fast, along with supplemental information on the topic.]

Today, I’m going to share with you my top tips on how to get rid of bad breath fast, including diets and supplements you can incorporate, along with certain vital essential oil uses.

Bad breath — also known as halitosis — is something that absolutely nobody wants and can sometimes be a sensitive topic. But if you want to know how to get rid of bad breath, first we need to get to understand the actual cause of bad breath. Typically, it’s caused from the bad bacteria buildup within your body. Now, sometimes certain foods like garlic can give you temporary bad breath, but chronic bad breath on a regular basis is caused from yeast and candida overgrowth in your body.

About 50 percent of Americans suffer from bad breath. Bad breath is not only embarrassing; it can also be a sign of a serious problem, although in most cases it’s not. Once you rule out any serious problems possibly causing your bad breath and are still left with the stink, you have a few options to consider for ridding yourself (and your loved ones) of this all too common problem. (1). Read on to learn more about how to get rid of bad breath.


What About Mouthwash?

One of the most common ways people think of when they wonder how to get rid of bad breath is mouthwash. However, most mouthwashes contain alcohol among other ingredients that the consumer should approach with caution. In some mouthwashes there’s as much as 27 percent alcohol. That’s more than an entire six pack of beer!

But that’s not all you’ll find in many of the popular mouthwashes today. The ethanoyl contained in mouthwash is reported to allow cancer-causing agents to invade the delicate lining of the mouth and cause problems. Additionally, acetaldehyde — a by-product of mouthwash — is thought to be cancer-causing as well.

And if you find a mouthwash without these ingredients, they’ll often contain dangerous artificial colors and flavors you simply don’t want in your body. These types of bad-breath treatments simply mask your problem as is so common with Western treatments. They don’t get to the root of how to get rid of bad breath.


Causes of Bad Breath

At one time or another in life, everyone suffers from at least a few cases of bad breath. Sometimes the cause is something you’ve eaten; other times it comes from the bacteria found in your mouth.

One common misconception about bad breath is that it originates in the gut or stomach. This is a myth. Generally speaking, bad breath comes from the back of the tongue, throat and tonsils. This is where naturally occurring bacteria are found that put off sulfur compounds resulting in bad breath.

Bad breath is caused by those sulfur-containing compounds generally found in food and resolves within 24 hours after the food is fully digested. Chronic bad breath is a symptom of an underlying problem, such as poor oral hygiene, poor diet, gum disease, tooth decay, or other more serious medical conditions such as liver disease or diabetes.

When you wake up with morning breath, it’s because these bacteria have become dry overnight, and this makes them respond with increased activity.

The following foods are some of the main culprits of bad breath:

  • Onions and garlic — These are the most problematic foods for bad breath; use them in moderation while cooking and don’t eat them raw.
  • Fried foods or other high-trans-fat foods — These foods take a long time to move through the digestive system, therefore producing halitosis.
  • Sugar — Sugar leads to tooth decay and gum disease, contributing to halitosis.
  • Sticky foods — Avoid caramels or other types of “sticky” food that can stick to teeth and cause decay.
  • Sweetened beverages — Sugary drinks coat your teeth with sugar, and many of us don’t think to brush after we consume them.

No matter what is causing your bad breath (ruling out any serious health issue) you can avoid the dangers of mouthwash and solve it all naturally. If you are plagued by a persistent case of bad breath, then try any one or more of these solutions to discover a mouth of freshness and learn how to get rid of bad breath naturally.

How to get rid of bad breath: 6 natural ways - Dr. Axe


How to Get Rid of Bad Breath: 6 All-Natural Steps 

1. Skip Sugars and Grains 
The first thing we’ve got to address is getting rid of yeast and candida symptoms. You do that by following a diet that’s lower in sugar and higher in probiotic-rich foods. So if you’re consuming too many processed sugars, grains, white bread, white rice and even wheat products — grains that over time store starches, which break down into sugar — then that’s likely the biggest culprit, as yeast and candida feed off of sugar and grains.

Sugars and grains promote the action and growth of many bacteria. Eliminating or reducing your intake of sugar, sugar-laden products and grains will help to eliminate bad breath. This move can help you to lose weight and improve your overall health too.

I recommend, for a temporary period, going completely grain-free and eliminating sugar from your diet and replacing those foods with:

Some of the best probiotic-rich foods you can add in are things like 24 to 29-hour fermented homemade probiotic yogurt, buying goat milk kefir, sauerkraut, kimchi, kombucha and coconut kefir. Really load up on the probiotic-rich foods.

Treating candida with fermented vegetables, which are full of probiotics, allows that good bacteria help overcome the yeast and candida in your body and help balance out those microbes in your body. That’s going to help breath very, very quickly.

2. Consume More Healthy Fat
Also make sure you’re consuming more healthy fat — that’s healthy fat that is especially present in things like organic, virgin coconut oil — because the truth about saturated fat is that it can be beneficial.

Coconut oil contains specific types of fatty acids called medium-chain fatty acids — like lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid — which are antimicrobial in nature. If you have a liver or gall bladder condition, check with your doctor first before consuming more saturated fats such as coconut oil.

3. Add Supplements and Essential Oils 
The next thing you want to do is to add certain foods and supplements to your diet to help get rid of bad breath. The first is a probiotic supplement. The second thing you can do is use peppermint essential oil.

In fact, I make my own Homemade Probiotic Toothpaste with a mixture of baking soda, coconut oil and peppermint oil. Just a single drop of peppermint oil on your tongue or in your water can help freshen up your breath.

4. Eat Parsley
Another food that can really, really help in improving your breath is parsley. Parsley isn’t just a pretty garnish; it can be used to effectively treat bad breath. Part of the reason parsley benefits breath is because it’s so alkaline in nature. If you are making vegetable juice at home, consuming vegetable juice can actually help give you fresh breath if you’re using things like parsley and green leafy vegetables such as kale, spinach and Swiss chard. Also drinking cucumber and celery juice can improve breath.

Parsley is rich in chlorophyll to neutralize bad breath and acts as a deodorizer and anti-mutagen. An anti-mutagen is simply a substance that interferes with mutagen actions of a substance. Mutagen is a mutation or chemical or biological change within a substance.

If chewing on a sprig of parsley doesn’t do the trick, then consider dipping it in vinegar first. However, if you like the way mouthwash works but don’t want the associated health risks, try this all-natural remedy for bad breath: Simply boil parsley sprigs and cloves; cool and strain; then use this all-natural mouthwash daily.

5. Suck on a Lemon
Lemon and water also play important roles in getting rid of bad breath. You can suck on a lemon slice or squeeze a fresh lemon into a glass of water, and get all the benefits of lemon water. This technique is particularly effective when it comes to combating bad breath from onions, garlic, and the like. Suck on a lemon slice or squeeze a fresh lemon into a glass of water. Then simply drink the water or gargle with it. If you’re unable to do either of these, simply place a drop of lemon juice on the tip of the tongue. Lemon will stimulate saliva production which will help to combat bad breath. Having a dry mouth is commonly associated with bad breath too. This leads to the next all natural solution for bad breath.

6. Drink Lots of Water
Having a dry mouth is commonly associated with bad breath, too. A dry mouth is a breeding ground for bacteria which produce sulfur compounds which are one of the most common causes of bad breath. Drinking at least eight, eight ounce glasses of water per day are one of the best ways to keep these bacteria’s actions to a minimum and decrease your bad breath. Often people whose jobs are to do a lot of talking, sales people, teachers, lawyers, find they have bad breath as a result of a dry mouth. Drink up to combat bad breath from a dry mouth.

Top Foods for Bad Breath

High fiber foods — Foods high in fiber help improve digestion and help your body expel toxins.
Water — Drink at least 8 glasses of water to flush toxins.
Parsley — This decorative green leafy vegetable is a natural breath freshener since it is high in chlorophyll.
Citrus fruits and vegetables — These provide vitamins A and C, antioxidants that are necessary for healthy teeth and gums.
Foods high in probiotics — Include kefir, natural yogurt, amasai, kimchi or sauerkraut for natural probiotics and a healthful digestive system.

Read Next: What Causes Receding Gums? + 10 Home Remedies


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