If you are like most people, you simply want to get rid of bad breath FAST! Read on to learn about seven super effective natural cures for bad breath.
The human mouth is a structure it is particularly easy to take for granted. According to WebMD, the mouth has eight different components, including the lips, tongue, teeth, gums, soft palate, hard palate, uvula and tonsils.
To make already complex matters more complicated still, there are so many possible triggers that can cause bad breath. Bacteria, germs, dry mouth, illness, medication, heartburn…the list goes on and on.
Foods That Cause (& Fight) Bad Breath
In most cases, bad breath is caused by sulfurous compounds that get lodged in the mouth, however in the majority of cases, these compounds come from food and will dissipate within 24 hours.
Of course, who wants to wait 24+ hours for their bad breath to go away?
It is also important to know that some foods are known to be guiltier than others of causing bad breath. Here are Dr. Axe’s two short lists of foods that cause bad breath and foods that fight bad breath.
Bad Breath Foods
These foods are implicated for two reasons: either they are higher in bad bacteria/sulfurous compounds that lead to halitosis, or bad breath, or they are sticky, which means they get stuck in your mouth and then start to break down, leading to bad breath.
- Fried foods.
- Foods high in trans-fats.
- Sugary foods.
- Sweetened drinks.
- Sticky foods.
Sweet Breath Foods
- Citrus (lemon and orange are particularly great here).
- Parsley (high in chlorophyll, a natural antidote to garlic and onion).
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