Many people suffer with bad breath (also known as "halitosis") but people rarely talk about it. In addition, many people with this problem don't even know that they have bad breath because they are no longer sensitive to the smell of their own breath. Bad breath is more than just a hygiene problem – it's also a medical condition. The important thing is this: It's very simple to prevent!
Approximately 50 to 60 per cent of people in industrialised countries suffer with chronic bad breath (medical name: "halitosis"). Bad breath happens when bacteria break down protein compounds in the mouth or large intestines. From this process, which is called "microbial decay", foul-smelling gaseous sulphur compounds are created. These sulphur compounds not only smell unpleasant – they can even be toxic to the tissue that they come into contact with, given a high enough concentration. This can lead to inflammation and related health problems like periodontal disease. Moreover, these gases can also damage the intestinal tract and at the same time lead to inflammation, which equates to conditions like ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease.
Foul-smelling sulphur compounds cause bad breath
The cause of all of the foul-smelling sulphur compounds is for the most part the diet – and the chief culprit is animal-based foods. Of the 20 amino acids (proteins) that are present in nature, only two of them contain sulphur: methionine and cysteine. Both of these amino acids are found in high concentrations in animal-based foods. If you would like to reduce the amount of sulphur in your diet, then you should cut down on the amount of animal products that you consume, and increase the amount of starchy foods, vegetables (except for garlic and onions) and fruits you are eating.
Gases from microbial decay in the intestines can enter the bloodstream and exit the body via the lungs
What many people do not know is the fact that the breaking down of protein compounds in the food eaten leads to sulphurous gases in the large intestines, and these can likewise cause bad breath. These gases pass through the walls of the intestines and enter the bloodstream, and eventually end up in the lungs, from where they are eliminated from the body when one exhales. In research into the cause of bad breath, it was determined that indeed most of the bad smell originates directly in the mouth, but it is not uncommon that bad breath also can arise from the roundabout route that includes the intestines, circulatory system and lungs.
How can one avoid having bad breath? What can someone who already has bad breath do?
You can have fresh and healthy breath in 10 steps:
- Eat a mostly plant-based diet.
- Reduce the amount of animal-based products in your diet to a minimum, as they contain the most sulphur!
- Avoid onions, garlic and "hot" spices.
- Avoid tobacco, coffee and alcohol.
- Use a brush or tongue scraper daily to clean your tongue.
- Floss your teeth at least once per day.
- Brush your teeth well 2 or 3 times per day.
- Visit your dentist twice per year to get your teeth professionally cleaned.
- Use a good mouthwash, ideally our 100% natural mouthwash. This is the only mouthwash that deals with foul odours in the mouth AND intestinal tract.
- For fresh breath when you're on the go, use a 100% natural fangocur mouth spray.
First and foremost, the foundation for fresh breath is eating a healthy diet that is primarily vegetarian, and second, proper oral hygiene. The big advantage of following the above advice is that you'll be eliminating the causes of inflammation in the mouth and intestinal tract at the same time.
Source: Dr. John MacDougall, The MacDougall Newsletter, "Halitosis is More Than Bad Breath", Dr. Mc Dougall's Health & Medical Center, USA.
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