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Geriatric Breath vs. Halitosis

Geriatric Breath is NOT Halitosis
Just a sidebar: although the following is not halitosis, it’s a good example of breath as an indicator of health. Geriatric breath (typically found in older people), is not due to age as most think. This non-halitosis breath is actually due to poor health condition, specific to organs loosing functionality, and the break-down of the body’s processes (usually associated with old age). If you’re older, and in good health with fully-functioning organs, etc., then this particular geriatric, non-halitosis breath won’t develop.

Tomorrow: Great Unknown Halitosis Factor: Body Abuse


Halitosis / ill-health 3

Halitosis: Different Causes = Same Symptom
Although many people have halitosis, the halitosis symptoms could have developed due to different factors of “ill-health”. For example, if your immune system is weak, bacteria may run rampant in your mouth; the result: halitosis. Or you may have digestive weakness and improper balance of flora in the gut; not enouth pro-biotics; the result: halitosis. Or, perhaps your PH levels are too acidic, weakening your body in general, and unable to properly control bacteria in the mouth; again, halitosis. Or maybe your body can’t keep up with your current intake of sugar and breads, which feeds bacteria, and could result in halitosis; sugars also upset the PH in the mouth – again, halitosis. Or, as already discussed in this blog, chronic constipation may have set your body on a track of auto-toxification; a combination of typical detoxing and reduced efficiency of elements above, and you’re a candidate for halitosis.

Neem is a natural bactericide, fungicide, and virus killer and can help improve your health under many different conditions and symptoms, including various culprits of halitosis.

Tomorrow: Halitosis vs. Geriatric Bad Breath

halitosis cause, I: constipation

Constipation = Backed-Up Plumbing = Playground for Bad Bacteria = Halitosis
Constipation (fewer than 2-3 bowel movements per day) is a serious threat to health, and will affect every condition in the body, including halitosis, toxic load and susceptibility to systemic candidiasis (yeast mutated to resemble fungus, pervades entire body). High toxic load (which can happen to anyone with these conditions) means a challenged lymph system, liver and kidneys, and typically results in halitosis at some point.

Poor liver and kidney health have shown to cause halitosis, too. If you have excessive yeast or candidiasis, the strength of your immune system is assuredly low. Which means that you also lack the proper balance of flora in the gut, a major defense against sources of halitosis.

And all of this contributes to….a population explosion of the bad bacteria, fungus. A side-effect of these is additional mucous along the intestinal lining (which turns into black tar-like plaque and will provide a home for these nasty beasties, parasites, and some theorize disease such as cancer, too; as well as reduce absorption of nutrients. And increase the probably of catching colds, and virus outbreaks. And, of course, halitosis.

Tomorrow:  Halitosis / Constipation Summary

halitosis cause, I: bacteria in the mouth, set f

…and now, back to our regularly scheduled programming…info on Halitosis 
Sugar – Bacteria – Halitosis 
There is an undeniable link between sugar and bacteria, and thus between sugar and halitosis. But if this halitosis connection isn’t enough motivation to stop consuming sugar, know that sugar also throws off your entire processes and hormone production, mutiliates your immune system, and causes weight gain, in addition to feeding bacteria and yeast. And I mean all sugar is considered bad when you’re in a halitosis predicament: bread, white rice, wheat, flour, fruits, and alcohol (except tequila). Most carbs all turn into sugar, which keeps halitosis sticking around. The same can be said of the relationship between candidiasis (yeast) and sugar. Do a search on my blog for sugar substitutes to maintain good health and keep halitosis at bay. They’re good for you, AND good tasting. Xylitol has the double bonus of killing bacteria, so it’s an excellent choice for battling halitosis. My favorite is Agave syrup. Both are obviously excellent sugar substitutes for diabetics, too.

Tomorrow: Acidic Body is Prone to Disease, and Halitosis 

halitosis cause, I: bacteria in the mouth

Halitosis from Bacteria
Halitosis is commonly attributed to malodor created by bacteria. Specifically, halitosis is attributed to bacteria in the mouth. Experts attribute between 85-90% of halitosis to sources in the mouth. In the human population, there are 700 possible germs that may decide to set up shop in your mouth, and may or may not produce halitosis.  Of these, only 300 are known to scientists. The average person has 75 – 100 of these germs inhabiting their mouth and contributing to / or fighting halitosis. To date, six types of bacteria (SIX!) have been linked to halitosis, and three of those were absent in fresh breath! 1

Which means that scientists have possibly narrowed the field of halitosis bacteria to three. (Of course, they have 300 more types of bacteria to investigate. But still; it’s good odds. Which also means that those three are some powerful nasty buggers.) 
Why do I write that bacteria also fights halitosis? Because there’s good and bad bacteria, just like the witches of Oz. Similar intrinsic qualities, with totally different results, and often at cross-purposes. In proper proportions, the good bacteria will choke the halitosis causing bacteria out of real estate and favorable conditions. Of course, the opposite is true, too. The halitosis producing bacteria can shove the good bacteria out of the neighborhood just as fast. Your body is a constant war-zone; territorial battles every day. And what you do to assist that battle against halitosis can make a difference. Every day.

1 Bruce Paster, Forsyth Institute in Boston and the University of Michigan School of Dentistry. ABC, “Bad Breath and the Battle of Bacteria,” Gary Gately, 2007.

Tomorrow:  Where Do These Halitosis-Causing Bacteria Live?

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 ACV

So, if halitosis is a symptom of other conditions, attack the root issues of ill-health to get rid of your symptom: halitosis.

Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) is an excellent treatment for halitosis. Not only will it change health from the inside out to improve the root cause of the halitosis, it can also be used to directly relieve halitosis, the symptom: excess bacteria, imbalance of flora in the mouth, bad odor, dry mouth.

I recommend getting yourself some raw, organic Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV); Bragg’s brand is what I use.  Every day, make a 50/50 solution of warm water and ACV, 8 oz. total. Gargle the solution, about 30 seconds, then spit. Never swallow. (insert joke here).  The ACV pulls a lot of toxins from the throat and mouth, and you don’t want to swallow the toxins.  The solution should provide enough for about 3 gargles.  If there’s any solution left, then drink it down.  For even more benefits, make the solution 10 oz., and drink the left-over.  It’s super good for you, even if it doesn’t taste all that good. 

This treatment is excellent for sore throats, too. And many report that drinking ACV has remarkable effects on a multitude of issues, not just halitosis, but energy, weight loss, cholesterol, skin elasticity, and more. It’s one of the “stay young” secrets that Jack Lalanne did everyday, after learning about it from the Bragg family.  ACV is also a natural remedy for yeast infections, just like neem.