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halitosis cause, I: bacteria in the mouth, set e
6 November 2007, 12:48 am
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Halitosis and the Diet
No, this blog entry is not the typical Halitosis /Diet notation; it’s not about abstaining from garlic and onions, and using freshening essential oils, which I’ve already blogged about. It’s about the impact your diet may effect on halitosis, and the general harm that you might be unaware of. And the harm in your diet that your doctor most likely isn’t telling you…because for most Western doctors, except for concerns of cholesterol and blood pressure, the diet isn’t integrated as a major componet of health. Not really. Your perfectly sensible, and acceptable American diet that everyone says is “healthy” could be feeding your halitosis instead of your health. If you eat the typical American diet, absent of McDonalds, but still filled with sugar, red meats, and low quality breads, it’s a sure bet that your body is a prime target for halitosis. After all, it’s estimated that up to 65 million Americans have halitosis.
The average American body is too acidic, addicted to sugar, prone to excess yeast, high toxic load, insufficient fiber intake, excessive meat intake, deficient in vitamins, all of which combine to create a veritable playground for halitosis, as well as a host of other symptoms of ill-health, such as low energy, constipation, acne, and disease. Please remember that your body is a chemical / electrical formula. Your body and your food are interconnected. You truly are what you eat. If you make a choice to eat poorly, you’re making a choice against health, and possibly a choice for halitosis. It sounds dramatic; but unfortunately, it’s true. On the other hand, it’s also fortunate …because what you eat is something you can control; and therefore a way to control the halitosis.
If you’re having a problem getting rid of your halitosis, then check yourself; check your diet. Break it down. The food that you’re putting in your mouth…what is it really doing for you? What will it turn into? Will it turn into halitosis?

Tomorrow: Sugar – Bacteria – Halitosis 


halitosis: what really causes it?

What a good question. What IS the real cause of halitosis? According to reports and medical opinions I’ve read documenting the root causes of halitosis, the reasons vary. Everyone has a different opinion, and no one truely agrees on the cause: there’s only one cause of halitosis – no, there’s multiple causes; halitosis is all about the mouth – no, it’s the sinuses, or the GI tract, or….
Obviously, there’s a lot of dissension about how and why halitosis exists. And therefore, there’s not much clarity or solidarity about  halitosis solutions.
Sure, everyone agrees that bacteria is somehow involved, and better oral health care is required – cleanings, brushing, flossing, toungue and cheek scraping. But if you or someone you know has ever had halitosis, you know that the extra effort – and less oral bacteria – doesn’t necessarily make a difference in improving the abhorred malodor associated with halitosis.
So if the standard of “brush more & gargle” doesn’t work, what do you do?
Over the next couple of days, I’m going to summarize the differing opinions and documentation on the true cause of halitosis. Perhaps you’ll see something you haven’t read before, and have new options to banish halitosis from your life forever.

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.