What is Bad Breath?
Whether one has indulged in a slice of pizza covered in garlic or eaten a salad filled with raw onions, most people have experienced bad breath at some point in their life. While many of these symptoms can be remedied with brushing the teeth, scraping the tongue, and a variety of other forms of oral hygiene, chronic bad breath or halitosis is a condition that a quarter of the United States population suffers from. Halitosis is thought to be caused by bacteria and is often treated with antibiotics.
How can I treat Bad Breath?
Traditional Chinese medicine considers bad breath to be a reflection of excessive heat in the stomach and digestive system. As a preventative measure, eat a diet filled with fresh fruits, leafy vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains. Eat smaller meals, and foods such as garlic and onions should be eaten with parsley or anise to neutralize the foods’ odiferous qualities. General oral hygiene, such as brushing the teeth and gargling hydrogen peroxide with warm water, will help prevent gum disease and chronic bad breath. A regular, daily program of healthy walks, tai chi, or qi gong is beneficial to the digestive system, which will in turn help with halitosis.
What should I avoid in my lifestyle for Bad Breath?
Those with chronic bad breath should avoid refined and processed sugars, other processed foods, deep fried and greasy foods, and highly acidic foods such as lemons. They should also avoid stress and other emotions that create heat in the digestive system and the body as a whole.
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