Be it a hot date or an important business meeting, having to worry about the potential for bad breath is enough to throw you off of your game. Widely considered as a social faux pas, having less than ideal smelling breath can lead many to avoid certain foods and people simply out of fear. We all deserve to live better than that.
The odour associated with bad breath is a direct result of bacteria found within our mouths and gastrointestinal tract as they break down food particles we consume. As always, the best treatment is prevention and strong oral hygiene habits form the bedrock upon which great smelling breath is built. Although even the most diligent floss users are not immune to bad breath, the following foods and beverages do a fantastic job of masking and preventing bad breath.
The green sprigs are more than just a garnish. Loaded with the naturally antibacterial chlorophyll (flashback to high school chemistry), the flavourful herb not only combats the bacteria that cause bad breath but replaces the unpleasant odour with a fresh and fragrant one. Not sold? Parsley is also rich in antioxidants and a respectable source of Vitamin C. Other herbs and spices that have similar effects to parsley include coriander (also known as cilantro), tarragon, eucalyptus, rosemary, basil and cardamom. A little bit goes a long way with all of these items.
The overall health benefits of green tea have been well documented over the past few years, but did you know that it can actually fend off bad breath? Naturally occurring antioxidants found in the delicious brew called Green Tea Catechins (GTC) put odour causing bacteria in their place while also aiding digestion and overall health.
Probiotic bacterial cultures found in various yogurts are bacteria that work for you, neutralizing the foul smelling gases created as bacteria on the back of our tongues and along our gum lines. This is just another case of good trumping evil.
Apples and Pears
Crunchy, nutritious and delicious apples and pears are excellent fruits to include in your daily diet. Although they do not neutralize bad breath by impacting bacteria directly, eating the fibrous fruits aid in the production of saliva; our body’s natural means of battling the bacteria and acidity that causes bad breath and oral health issues.
Vitamin C Rich Foods (Oranges, Berries, Melons)
Fruits and foods that are rich in Vitamin C neutralize the adverse effects of odour causing bacteria while also proactively boosting gum health which only compounds the benefits for your breath.
Crunchy Green Vegetables
Akin to pears and apples, crunchy and leafy green vegetables including spinach, kale, cucumbers, green peppers and celery aid in the production of saliva while also acting as natural toothbrushes to remove plaque.
Second verse, same as the first. Nuts like the vegetables mentioned above aid in our natural production of saliva and are deliciously helpful in cleaning our teeth as we chew.
Ginger is far and away one of the best things to consume for optimal digestion. The root is commonly pickled and eaten after meals in Asian countries to prevent and neutralize bad breath before it even has a chance to get started.
Fennel seeds have been used on the Indian subcontinent to aid in the battle against bad breath for generations. The flavourful seeds neutralize the odours caused by oral bacteria via their antibacterial properties. If that weren’t enough, chewing the seeds also aids in digestion meaning the things you ate earlier in the day won’t come back to haunt your conversations later in the day.
The importance of remaining hydrated cannot be lost as it benefits each and every cell in your body. Water is also a natural way to flush the mouth and body of waste and toxins while also keeping your mouth moist and balanced.
If none of the above foods and beverages seems to help your bad breath or if it is a problem that is constant and smellier than usual, you should visit your dentist to determine the root cause.
Source: Everyday Health