The taboo health topic we MUST address
October 16, 2012 By Billy
The American Dental Association conducted a study confirming that 65% of our population has some degree of Halitosis – bad breath! None of us know because no one tells each other! The is IMPORTANT, and below are the 2 keys to fix it!!!
While we know this isn’t one of the more popular subjects that people gather around cocktail parties to eagerly discuss, it is, nonetheless, a major issue to be aware of…especially considering friends, business, and love life. Ask a near and dear friend to be truthful with you! Who wouldn’t want to know if they had bad breath? I sure would!
So, let’s just get right in to it. Half the time bad breath a temporary issue that originates in the mouth and is caused by eating raw onions or garlic, coffee, not brushing your teeth for a few hours, dehydration, etc. Halitosis is the chronic condition of bad breath and may be more than just a deep tooth-brushing session can remedy. There are different types and severities of halitosis- intra-oral (inside the mouth- usually tooth and food-related) and extra-oral (outside the mouth- caused somewhere along the digestive tract).
Let’s talk about how to fix it. There are 2 major components that both need to be addressed in order to knock it out: dental hygiene and diet.
Dental Hygiene- brush, floss, scrape, repeat
Does this one really come as a surprise to anyone? If you eat food, then you have to brush your teeth- pure and simple. When we eat, food gets caught in our teeth, and yep, it then begins to rot. So, not only should we be brushing after every meal, but flossing that food out of your teeth will only help keep that breath stink-free.
Fluoride – I know, I know… there is great debate about it. The good thing is it hardens the enamel on our teeth – thus our teeth last longer!…an essential to our longevity! Here’s the thing, fluoride is really only bad for you when you ingest it (yes, city water companies, we are talking to you). I compare drinking fluoride for your teeth to eating soap for cleaning your skin- doesn’t make sense to me. Fluoride can be toxic, however fluoride in toothpaste is A-OK,…assuming your not eating it. (And get yourself a home water purifier that uses reverse osmosis technology to remove unnecessary (and harmful) things like fluoride, chlorine and heavy metals from your drinking water.) It won’t completely eliminate it, but it will at least remove it to some degree – your liver will take care of the rest.
The essential tongue brush and scraper – My friends, this is a handy tool. Our tongues act sort of like a sponge- food gets caught, and without constant cleaning and rinsing out, it ain’t pretty. The white and yellow build-up that you can see on top is a lovely concoction of mucus, plaque and toxins. I like the G.U.M. brand – a brush on one side, scraper on the other. A tooth brush just doesn’t cut it – the bristles are too soft and the post scraping is essential!
Of course go see your dentist every so often. Brushing, flossing and scraping will keep decay at bay, but having that deep clean is a little like what a steam cleaning does for your carpet- you won’t believe the conditions you have been living in when you see what gets pulled out.
Diet- Garlic, Onions and Cheese- oh my!…and a bunch of other things too…This will unquestionably make a significant difference.
1. Hey, some foods just stink- certain foods will make your breath bad no matter how you spin it: raw onions and garlic, coffee, pungent cheeses.
2. Digestibility- foods that are naturally harder on the digestive tract or are slow to digest can have adverse affects on the breath.
• High-lactose products- low-fat milk! Dairy products that are lower in fat, tend to be higher in lactose (essentially, sugar) to enhance taste. They tend to be harder to digest and create more stomach acids (a very unpleasant odor, no matter where they are emitted).
• Processed sugar and artificial sweeteners cause a major overstimulation of stomach acids. It also promotes an overstimulation of salivary glands, which ultimately leads to dehydration (cotton mouth anyone?)
• Alcohol is a diuretic and major source of dehydration- and we’re not just talking about booze. Think of all the things we ingest for our breath that contain alcohols….sugar alcohols count- gum, mints, breath strips, and/or mouthwash? If you need a quick 2 minute fix, sure- but all those alcohols and processed sugars do more damage by over stimulating your salivary glands than anything. Afterwards it will unquestionably be worse than before! Do yourself a favor- rinse your mouth out and drink a glass of water (with lemon if possible), if you’re in dire straits.
• Dense proteins- This can mean meat or cheeses. Not only do they easily get stuck in our teeth (and when they start to putrefy a few hours later- whoa…steer clear), they are hard to digest, creating stomach acids that seep out of the esophagus. No need to be hard core and eliminate all of these things from your diet…it’s a matter of balance.
• High fiber- We love fiber! However, just some things to take into consideration if you plan on watching a movie at someone else’s house… high fiber foods can take longer to digest. Beans, legumes, and raw cruciferous vegetables (e.g. broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage) all run in this High Fiber circle. You know the old saying, “Beans, beans good for your heart, the more you eat, the more you…”- well, you know the rest. High fiber = slow digestibility = gassy stomach acids = bad breath (amongst other things). Just sayin’. But again, just balance. Of course fiber is a health essential!
Helpful hints in preventing halitosis
1. Water- Considering our bodies are 70% water, it’s always a safe bet. Pure water is detoxifying, hydrating and helps keep that breath neutral.
2. Greens- The greener, the better. Chlorophyll (the green color in food) acts as a strong negative ion-charged particle that bonds to heavy metals, acids and residual toxins, and then flushes them from your bloodstream, alkalinizing your blood and balancing your body’s chemistry. The food with the highest content of chlorophyll? … Blue-green algae! – it’s only the number one ingredient in the Infinity Greens formula. Not to brag or anything…it’s just the facts. More greens of all kinds is the key! In addition to your Infinity Greens smoothie, pile up on kale, spinich, arugula, chard, collards, sprouts, ect!
So, a big sigh of neutral breath relief- halitosis and bad breath don’t have to ruin your life (or your game) anymore! As in all areas of life and health, being aware and understanding how our actions (or non-actions) affect us, is the first step towards enlightenment. Create good dental hygiene habits, be aware of what you are ingesting = staying on top of your health!
As always, I wish you the best!~ Good luck with your health!!!