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halitosis and foods, pt.II

Foods can help you get rid of halitosis. Please read the entry “Halitosis and foods, pt. I” for the first portion of this post.

Teas for Better Breath & Digestion
For teas, drink peppermint tea, fennel tea, and ginger tea. Each will improve your digestive system as well as halitosis. And since some experts are of the opinion that halitosis is caused by issues in the digestive system, you should do whatever you can to improve it. I’m of the same opinion, which is why I recommend getting rid of the excess yeast in the body and digestive tract.
Foods to Run From
Other foods to stay away from include pastrami, salami, and pepperoni due to the spices (essential oils) used; Camembert, Roquefort, and blue cheese; fermented dairy; sugar; alcohol; most mints and alcohol mouthwashes; some fish like anchovies and tuna; coffee.
Some Alternatives to Keep your Breath Sweet
An alternative to mints (which can also dry out your breath and worsen halitosis) is to use peppermint oil. One drop on the tongue is all you need.
Instead of sugar (which feeds yeast and bacteria), check out xylitol, which is a natural powder, very sweet, good taste, AND kills bacteria!! You’ll have halitosis on the run. It’s popularity in dental products is increasing, too.
Or, you could use Agave syrup, which is my favorite for taste. It is, like sugar, tasteless – except for it’s sweet flavor. No aftertaste. And no, I’m not lying – No aftertaste. Xylitol scores approx 7 on the sugar index, and Agave syrup around 10. Sugar scores 100. Obviously, it’s great for diabetics, too.
ps. another tip for reducing bacteria in the mouth and getting rid of halitosis? If you don’t have neem toothpaste, then put a drop of neem oil on top of your toothpaste. It’s very strong tasting, but get used to it. It’s your friend in combating halitosis.  But, like most toothpastes, it’s not recommended that you swallow or consume neem oil.


halitosis and foods, pt.I

Bacteria – Bad
One of the biggest culprits of halitosis is gum disease due to a build-up of bacteria in the mouth. Besides the neem toothpaste and neem mouthwash which will greatly reduce bacteria and oral thrush without drying out your mouth (a dry mouth can also cause halitosis), you can use food and teas to help eliminate halitosis.
Spices – Friend & Foe
Spices are excellent in immediately battling & relieving the bad breath from halitosis. The spices’ essential oils re-circulate in the mouth long after you’ve eaten them, typically up to 24 hours.  But the essential oils of spices can work for and against you.
Good Spices for Bad Breath
Spices to keep handy, for anytime — especially after meals: fennel seed, anise seed, or clove. Fennel and anise seed would be my first choices. They have the double benefit of calming and improving the digestive system. Other options to immediately relieve bad breath or halitosis include chewing on a slice of fresh gingerroot, parsley (frequently on your dinner plate) and mint.
Spices – Flip Side
On the flip side, those same essential oils that keep your halitosis at bay can also make your friends run away – depending on the spice you’ve eaten. So, if you’ve got a meeting tomorrow morning, nix the onions tonight.  Remember the 24-hour rule.  Obviously, stay away from garlic, onions, & hot peppers, which will exacerbate halitosis and cause bad breath in most everyone. Also stay away from fermented dairy.

stuff that’s “good” for you
24 September 2007, 2:41 pm
Filed under: herbs, TCM

Here I am, drinking my herbal tea….and all I can think is “ick, ick, nasty, ick.”  I know some typical herbal teas can be pretty downright unappealing…like Dandelion, or Golden Seal, or Valerian.  I’ve tried and use each, as needed. But MAN!  What I’ve got here is a TCM tea… Traditional Chinese Medicine…medicinal tea “prescribed” by my acupuncturist (Master DOM…makes a difference!)   I know he’d admonish that I’m making a bad name for TCM treatment. I’m not; it’s been super effective. But the stuff that’s “good” for you doesn’t always seem so.  And here in America, we’re so used to sugar and sweet stuff….even the cough-syrup over the counter is packed with corn syrup (which, truly, corn syrup IS the most essential ingredient in making a body healthy, yes?)

Anyway, I’ve been drinking these teas every day for a couple of years…the formula changes according to what my pulse tells him (it’s all very facinating…Yoda-like stuff). And yeah….the tea always tastes pretty darn strong and nasty. But you get used to it. I also add to the tea powdered Ginseng (Ren Shen), as instructed by the Dr.  It tastes like old dust. But as awful as the ginseng tastes, it somehow balances out the herbal tea formula…and mellows out the overall puke factor. Well, last week, I ran out of the ginseng, and I’ve had to suffer in taking my tea without it. Which is where I get to the “ick, ick, nasty, ick” part. It’s Awful. I can’t wait till I go back to pick up more “old dust” to add into my tea. Yum!

I’m supposed to drink it hot, which is fine by me. The hotter the better, because the hotter it is, the less I taste it. A lot of “interesting” and exotic things are ground up as “herbs”.   Animal organs, horns, leaves, roots, berries, etc.  TCM is estimated at 4,000 years old in practice, so there’s nothing off limits. It’s all been explored.  I once asked my acupuncturist if he had ever given me a formula with ground-up insects or animal dung.  He paused in the middle of making my latest formula, set his face in a frown of concentration, and replied, “Not dung.”


Here’s to what’s good for you!

(Renée now drinks what’s left of her tea…COLD)

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yeah….this about covers it.  Except that it’s also very NECESSARY.