Bad breath can be very embarrassing and more than 80 million people suffer from it worldwide. While a simple rinse can put it at bay, you cannot carry a sink to a job interview or on a date. However, carrying a fresh apple or chewing gum is certainly a possibility.
To enable you to smile without worrying about stinky fumes from your mouth Bright Side made a list of 10 food items that can keep bad breath miles away.
1. Munch on a carrot, a stick of celery, or an apple.
Apples and carrots improve digestion and keep the digestive system healthy. So this means that there will be no more gas formation in the stomach, which if released through the mouth can cause a foul odor. Also, fresh fruits and vegetables encourage saliva production in the mouth which can wash away bacteria that cause bad breath from the teeth, the tongue, and the gums.
An empty stomach can also cause bad breath because it leads to acid build-up. Therefore, munching on fruits and vegetables is a healthy way to keep your stomach full and keep foul breath at bay.
2. Eat your veggies.
Bad breath can be a symptom of acid reflux or other digestive disorders. These problems will rarely occur if your immune system is strong and eating veggies is a great way to boost your immunity.
Also, green veggies are rich in chlorophyll, the pigment that plants use for photosynthesis to absorb energy from sunlight. Chlorophyll is also an effective natural deodorizer and can remove any smell from the mouth.
3. Save a little garnish to munch on later.
Garnishes like mint help in easing indigestion and heartburn, which can result in a bad mouth odor. Also, garnishes like mint, parsley, and cilantro are powerful mouth deodorizers.
So, save a little of them for the end of the meal. Chew them after you finish eating to neutralize any odor that could’ve been caused by the food you ate.
4. Make friends with yogurt. But stay away from the sugary ones.
The good bacteria present in yogurt aid digestion, especially the digestion of dairy products. This keeps the digestive system healthy, thereby reducing the chances of bad breath.
Apart from a bad digestive system, accumulation of sulfite compounds in the mouth can cause bad breath. The good bacteria present in probiotics, as many studies have shown, lower the level of sulfite compounds present in the mouth. While buying yogurt, just be sure that you skip those with added sugar.
5. Cherish cherries.
Methanethiol, a rotten-cabbage-smelling compound is often responsible for bad mouth odor. Eating cherries has proven to be an effective antidote against this smell. Lettuce is effective for this as well.
6. There’s nothing like a cup of green tea.
Drinking green tea has many health benefits which include improving brain function and reducing the risk of certain forms of cancer. It also helps in detoxing the body and thereby reduces both bad body odor and foul breath. Green tea also contains a natural antioxidant known as catechin which helps fight the bacteria in the mouth that cause bad breath.
7. Citrusy fruits are bad for the bacteria and good for you.
The citric acid in citrus fruits makes conditions incongruous for bacterial growth in the mouth and the digestive tract. These are the bacteria which cause a foul odor in the mouth. Therefore, no bacteria means no odor.
8. Ginger lemon tea is a great mouth deodorizer.
Ginger has many medicinal properties. Adding it to your diet can treat an upset stomach that can be causing you to release stinky fumes from the mouth. Even if you don’t like tea, you can just rinse your mouth using this. The ginger will help in masking the odor and the citric acid in the lemon will make it hard for bacteria to grow.
9. Spare the beer and grab a glass of water.
By keeping your mouth hydrated, you are actually rinsing away food particles and dead cells. This will help prevent bacterial growth in the mouth. Drinking water is also essential for many other metabolical processes. So don’t skip it.
Do you know of any other food item that can keep bad breath away? If you do, let us know in the comments below.