Is one of your biggest fears when going on a date bad breath? For many, popping a mint or chewing gum before meeting your hot date does the trick, but why depend on mint when you can get rid of the problem altogether? Here are some extremely effective remedies for bad breath, start by giving up poor oral hygiene.
YOGURT FOR YO-GUT
A sluggish digestive system is a prime candidate for foul breath. Probiotics such as yogurt, sauerkraut (fermented cabbage), kimchi and miso, and even pickles are great remedies to help your digestive system. These foods contain lactobacillus, which is a type of bacteria that helps the body absorb nutrients and keep a healthy balance of good bacteria and eliminate the volatile sulfur compounds (VSCs) responsible for causing bad breath odors. They help treat conditions like diarrhea, lactose intolerance, eczema, asthma, vaginal infections, and irritable bowel syndrome. Taking a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar mixed with water will also help your system and reduced bad breath.
MUNCH ON THE CRUNCH
Soft and sticky food tends to get stuck on the teeth leading to tooth decay (and doesn’t help when you give a winning smile on your date and there’s green or brown stuff stuck on your teeth) causing the growth of bacteria in your mouth leading to bad odor. Snacking on fruits and veggies such as apples, carrots, celery, and even cherries, these foods that fight bad breath also scrub your teeth while you eat and help remove the smell of methyl mercaptan, another odorous gas released by mouth bacteria as they digest bits of food. So then next time you go for a lunch or dinner date, order a salad or dish that has one of these foods so you can kiss your date after without food stuck on your teeth and without a worry in the world!
GREENS FOR THE WIN
Parsley, spinach and basil curb bad breath as well because the polyphenols found in them break down the smelly sulfur compounds, which are found in garlic and onions. They are also absolutely delicious, healthy, and full of vitamins! It is also a bonus that these greens also give you a healthy glow!
CURB IT WITH HERBS
Since bad breath can also stem from a buildup of heavy metals and other toxins inside the body, it is important to regularly flush your system via dietary interventions. Herbs such as alfalfa sprouts, peppermint, dill, fennel, sage, wild yam, and lemon help purify the blood and eliminate toxins from the body and also stimulate the lymphatic system, increase the excretion of uric acid through the kidneys, and boost adrenal function, all of which target halitosis at its root.
He simply explained that however advanced our technology is today; there is a very high exposure to blue-light radiating from screens. This affects us both physiologically and psychologically. It’s called computer vision syndrome. When our eyes are staring at the screen for long hours, our pupil tends to dilate, leaving little scope for us to blink our eyes. Blinking restores dryness and hydrates our eyes. Prolonged exposure to blue light cheats our mind to believe that it is yet day, and there’s still time before we can sleep. This leaves us feeling listless and tired, with a blurred vision, owing to dehydration. Yes, indeed our junk diet and erratic lifestyle are also to blame.
Probably the most important liquid in the whole wide world. It cures anything and everything your body suffers including bad breath. Most odor-causing bacteria are anaerobic, meaning they thrive in a dry mouth. Therefore, drinking water helps flush out food particles and bacteria stuck in your mouth. Drinking water also promotes the production of saliva, which acts as a cleansing agent. Always try and get at least 8-10 glasses into your body every day! Daily salt-water gargle will also help remove bacteria from the throat and tonsils.
Good oral health will go a long way (brush and floss your teeth, kids!) but this natural food will give you sweet and kissy breath on your next date!