Okay we’ve all been there. We go on a date, lunch with a friend, or we meet somebody at an event and all we can notice is their bad breath! How do we react? Do we tell them or do we just pretend not to notice?
I have certainly met people on numerous occasions where each time they have had halitosis and I am often left thinking “I wonder if their spouse, mother, best friend, or somebody has ever told them? I know I for one would want to know.
While how and when to speak with somebody about this touchy subject is important, let’s focus on ways we can improve our own breath and how to avoid future bad breath scenarios and awkward conversations.
The truth is, bad breath can be caused by numerous issues within the body including disease, infection, indigestion, and from the simple act of fasting. It may also be exacerbated by vitamin supplements or medication. If you’re concerned with ongoing halitosis, see your doctor and get to the root of the problem. In the meantime, here are some of the best options that will help:
- Neti Pot – Often halitosis is caused by sinus infections or congestion due to a cold or allergies. Ongoing buildup in the sinuses can draw bacteria to itself and cause an unpleasant odor. An ancient tradition that involves rinsing the nasal cavities with a lukewarm saline solution can help to rid your body of bacteria, germs, and even infection.
- Tongue Cleaner – Sometimes food buildup can remain on our tongues which may cause an offensive odor. Find an effective tongue cleaner from the drug store and use it daily. Getting rid of excess accumulation on the tongue with this speedy process will help.
- Smart Mouth – This mouthwash was first promoted on the television show The Apprentice many years ago. It works! Smart Mouthhas a patented zinc technology that helps to offset bad odor and eliminate it quickly and effectively with the positive effects lasting for up to 12 hours. It does have food coloring which I don’t like but in small amounts, it’s fine.
- Floss & Brush – These are obvious suggestions but worth mentioning. Flossing daily not only helps to fight bacteria and plaque below the gum line, but it may also reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke. Replace your toothbrush every 2-3 months to avoid bacteria overload. Also get your teeth cleaned and checked at least twice per year at the dentist.
- Liver Cleanse – Serious bad breath can be caused from toxicity within the liver. This may be the time when a diet change and detox should be considered. There are many herbs and plants that you can take daily including Milk Thistle, Wheatgrass, and Chlorella, but a 7-14 day intensive cleanse is recommended to help clear out excess sludge and possible chemicals and toxins within the liver and gallbladder.
- Oil of Oregano – This super immune booster will not only help to lower your incidence of getting sick, it also assists in killing odor-causing germs and bacteria in the mouth and nose. 3-5 drops of oil of oreganounder the tongue regularly will definitely help. You can also add the drops to water and gargle for a thorough rinse.
- Get your Gut Healthy – Most people are walking around with poor gut health and digestion. Imbalances in our gut can lead to bad breath due to improperly digested food. Take a probiotic supplement daily, eat fermented foods such as kefir, kimchee, kombucha, and sauerkraut, and consider Biome Medic, the breakthrough product that helps to rebuild gut health within 6 weeks! Use your personalized $50 discount code jaybradleylifestyle.
- Oil Pulling – This amazing practice helps to kill excess bacteria in the mouth and gums and has been shown to whiten teeth and help receding gums as well. Try swishing with coconut or sesame oil daily for up to 20-minutes making sure to pull it between your teeth and gums. Do it while sending emails or scrolling through Facebook.
Jay Bradley is a Youthful Aging, Wellness & Lifestyle Coach Living in Los Angeles. http://www.JayBradleyLifestyle.com
He is the Best-Selling Author of LIVE LOOK FEEL, The 12-Week Guide to Live Longer, Look Younger & Feel Better!
Ingredients (Organic Only)
1 1/2 Cups Almond, Rice, Hemp or Coconut Milk
1/2 Cup Brewed Coffee
1 Ripe Frozen Banana
4-6 Pitted Dates
1-2 Tsp Cinnamon
1 Tbsp Ground Chia or Hemp Hearts
1 Tbsp Virgin Coconut Oil
1 Tbsp Favorite Nut Butter
1 Scoop Vanilla Vegan Protein Powder
Dash Pink Himalayan Sea Salt
1/2 Cup Ice
Add ingredients to a Vitamix or blender and blend until smooth. For a HOT latte, skip the ice, use a non-frozen banana, and either warm mixture on the soup setting of your Vitamix OR warm the almond milk before blending.
Sprinkle with cinnamon and serve.
Ingredients (Use Wild-Caught Fish only, not Farmed)
4 Pieces of Fresh Cod or Mahi Mahi Filets
2 Cups of Full-Fat Coconut Milk
3 Tbsp Coconut Oil
1 Cup Coconut Flour
½ Cup Almond Flour
3 Tbsp Ground Chia Seeds
6 Tbsp Shredded Coconut
½ Tsp Paprika
1 Tsp Garlic Powder
2 Tsp Sea or Himalayan Salt
1 Tsp Ground Pepper
1 Tsp Ground Ginger
Marinate fish pieces in coconut milk anywhere from 5 minutes to 1 hour
Mix the coconut and almond flour and all spices into a shallow bowl or a rimmed plate
Once marinated, coat the fish thoroughly with the coconut, almond batter
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Heat a frying pan with the coconut oil on medium high heat and pan fry the fish for approximately 2 minutes on each side until golden brown
Put them into the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes depending upon the size of your fish filets
Serve with baby organic broccoli and red and white quinoa with colorful peppers.
You are going to LOVE this! It is SO simple and SO delicious, you’ll wonder why you haven’t heard about it sooner!
Ingredients (Organic when Possible)
1 Large Avocado
1 Ripe Banana
3 Tbsp Organic Coconut Oil
4 Tbsp Cacao Powder or Unsweetened Baking Cocoa Powder
3 Tbsp Maple Syrup
1/8 Tsp Pink Himalayan Sea Salt
1. Place all the ingredients in a food processor or blender. Process until extremely smooth
2. Spoon the mousse into individual dessert dishes layered with sliced strawberries and top with fresh mint. You may also garnish with dark chocolate chips or cacao nibs. Best served room temperature immediately after preparing.
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Summer is here and who doesn’t want more beautiful, vibrant skin just just in time for the beach or your upcoming pool parties? Here are 5 foods/herbs that will help give you that youthful, healthy glow from the inside out and the outside in. You’ll also receive numerous other health benefits!
- KRILL OIL – Krill are tiny crustaceans that live deep in the ocean. The ones from the Antarctic are best because they are mostly free of toxins and chemicals. They are packed with a powerful antioxidant called Astaxanthin which helps to lower your risk of sunburn and works to reduce sun and age spots. Krill also has loads of Omega 3 oils which reduce inflammation and soothe fine lines, wrinkles, and puffiness. Take 1000mg of Krill oil capsules everyday, eat sardines, wild-caught salmon, and flax and chia seeds.
- COCONUT OIL – Coconut is everywhere and for good reason. It is one of the worlds most potent superfoods! It contains Vitamin E and Essential Fatty Acids which literally soothe your skin from the inside out. Coconut also has anti-fungal effects so it may soothe skin rashes including psoriasis and excema. Use Coconut Oil topically as a moisturizer and put 2-3 Tbsp in your smoothie, with your eggs, or spread it on toast instead of butter.
- ASHWAGANDA & TURMERIC – These two herbs have been used for thousands of years in the Indian Ayurvedic tradition. They are known to reduce inflammation in the body which helps reduce fine lines, wrinkles, and puffiness. They also reduce stress and lead to a deeper, more restful sleep. We all know how much better we look after a great night’s sleep right? Topically they can both be used as a facial mask along with raw honey, and coconut oil to help alleviate acne and rosacea. Take 1-3 grams per day in capsule form.
- KOMBUCHA TEA – Why not sip on iced Kombucha Tea this summer instead of regular? This fermented tea is a powerful probiotic which helps to bring back important healthy bacteria to our gut. Our gut is our second brain and everything that goes on there including our skin’s condition, starts with our gut. Kombucha reduces inflammation which helps with more beautiful skin and will lower the risk of rashes and other imperfections.
- BRAZIL NUTS – All nuts and seeds are great for our skin but Brazil nuts are packed with the antioxidant mineral called Selenium which fights free radical damage and may lower the risk of sunburn. Brazil Nuts also contain Essential Fatty Acids which literally moisturize our skin from the inside out. One handful of Brazil Nuts gives us 10x our daily allowance of Selenium.