How to Get Rid of Bad Breath in 4 Simple Steps

[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 for getting rid of bad breath fast, including diets and supplements you can incorporate, along with certain vital essential oil uses.

Bad breath is something that absolutely nobody wants and can sometimes be a sensitive topic. But if you want to take care of bad breath, first we need to get to what the actual cause of bad breath is. 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.


Steps on How to Get Rid of Bad Breath

1. Skip Sugars and Grains 

sugar

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

Coconut Oil

Also make sure you’re consuming more healthy fat — that’s healthy fat that is especially present in things like 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. So taking a tablespoon or two of coconut oil a day or eating a lot of coconut products can help bad breath as well.

3. Add Supplements and Essential Oils 

Peppermint oil

The next thing you want to do is add certain foods and supplements you can take to help out with 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

bunch of fresh parsley

Another food that can really, really help in improving your breath is parsley. 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 isn’t just a pretty garnish; it can be used to effectively treat bad 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.

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. Then simply drink the water or gargle with it. If you’re unable to do either of these, simply place a drop of lemon on the tip of the tongue. Lemon stimulates saliva production, which helps combat bad breath.

Having a dry mouth is commonly associated with bad breath, too. A dry mouth is a breeding ground for bacteria that produce sulfur compounds — one of the most common causes of bad breath. Drinking at least eight eight-ounce glasses of water per day is one of the best ways to keep these bacteria’s actions to a minimum and decrease your bad breath.

Of course, you can combine the two and get all the benefits of lemon water in addition to improving breath. If you follow those tips, I guarantee you’re going to have fresher breath.


Causes of Bad Breath

Bad breath - Dr. Axe

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 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 biggest 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.

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