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!
It can be downright confusing trying to navigate through the world of supplements. There is literally a pill, potion, or powder for everything! Each herb, vitamin, mineral, and superfood is sold as a way to increase your vitality and improve your health. But which ones are effective and are they necessary?
There are certainly contradictory studies out there, some in support of supplements while others negate them. From my perspective, they are necessary and vital.
In today’s world we don’t eat a varied enough diet and our soils are depleted and so while eating a balanced diet is the best way to boost your health, it’s not always possible to get everything that we need in food alone. This is why I believe in supplementation.
When buying supplements research ones that are from organic, non-GMO sources. Also look for vitamins that are derived from whole foods whenever possible. While some drugstore brands are okay, often it pays to invest in a quality product that has a good reputation from a company with a strong track record.
While each person’s health profile is unique and so too are their vitamin requirements, there are certain supplements that I recommend to almost everyone in my wellness coaching practice.
Here is a list of some of the vitamins, minerals, herbs, and superfoods that I suggest to people who are seeking to turn back the clock, increase their vitality, and for those interested in improving the odds of living a longer life:
Multivitamin with Minerals – I liken a multivitamin to an insurance policy. We take it just in case. It’s difficult to know where we are lacking in terms of vitamins and minerals and it is rare that blood tests will give us a full breakdown. Therefore taking a potent multivitamin with minerals from whole food sources is a great option. Ensure that your multivitamin has adequate Vitamin D3 levels, approximately 5,000 IU per day and a significant level of antioxidants.
Probiotic – Our gut is our second brain. Everything that occurs in our body including our brain function, digestion, and immunity begins in our stomach. Therefore, taking a probiotic supplement daily is a great way to build up the vital stomach flora, which acts to strengthen our overall system. Look for one with numerous strains of probiotic and at least 30 billion live cultures.
Krill Oil/Omega Oils – Many of us receive an abundance of Omega 6 oils from food but less Omega 3 fatty acids. We require a balance of both in order to support proper brain and heart health and to reduce overall inflammation in the body. Krill oil in particular contains a high level of Omega 3 oils and Astaxanthin, which works to reduce sunspots and provides an extra layer of sun protection. Krill oil is found to be the most potent and absorbable version of these healthy Omega 3 oils. For vegetarians or vegans, consume flax, hemp, or walnut oil daily.
Turmeric/Curcumin – One of the most researched herbs for anti-aging is Turmeric. There is a long list of benefits from daily consumption of it’s active ingredient Curcumin including a possible lowering of Alzheimer’s risk, a reduction in joint inflammation, and increased immunity. This potent spice can be taken in powder or supplement form and for the most protection 3-4 grams per day is recommended.
Oil of Oregano – This powerful herb works to boost immunity especially during cold and flu season. People with asthma, allergies, sinusitis, and bronchitis have noticed impressive results using oil of Oregano. 3-5 drops under your tongue followed by some water provides maximum antioxidant and antifungal protection.
Raw Greens Superfood – It’s a challenge to eat enough fruits and vegetables throughout our day which is why a raw, greens superfood powder is an amazing alternate. One scoop normally provides anywhere from 15-40 servings of fresh fruit and vegetable extracts along with numerous other immune-supporting vitamins, minerals, herbs, phytonutrients, prebiotics, probiotics, and fiber.
Green Tea – Green Tea is known for it’s powerful anti-cancer benefits. The potent Polyphenols and Epigallocatechin Gallate (EGCG) in Green Tea make it an ideal antioxidant, which fights free radicals in our body. Green Tea is also a thermogenic meaning that it can help to speed up the metabolism leading to increased fat burning effects.
Mushroom Medley – Mushrooms contain powerful compounds known to boost immunity. For those interested in extra cell protection, consider taking a powder or supplement containing Cordyceps, Turkey Tail, Reishi, Maitake and other medicinal mushrooms.
Ashwaganda – Ashwaganda is part of the adaptogen herb family. It works to boost overall energy and vitality, increase libido, lower the overall stress responses within the body, and helps many people to get a deeper and more restful sleep.
*Always consult with your physician before starting any supplement regimen as some may interfere with current medications or pre-existing health conditions.
Jay Bradley is a Youthful Aging, Wellness & Lifestyle Expert Living in Los Angeles.
He is the Best-Selling Author of LIVE LOOK FEEL, The 12-Week Guide to Live Longer, Look Younger & Feel Better!
Did you realize that we actually have two brains? Our gut is often referred to as our second brain because everything that happens in our body begins and ends in our stomach. The majority of Americans are moving through life with an unhealthy digestive system thus making them more prone to a myriad of possible diseases and health challenges.
There are numerous reasons why our stomachs are off balance with prescription drugs and antibiotics being number one. Stress also plays a huge factor in lowering digestive health, as does overconsumption of sugar and alcohol.
Some signs that you may have an unhealthy gut are skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis, rosacea or acne, anxiety and/or depression, lack of energy, bloating, gas, diarrhea or constipation, acid reflux and heartburn, and arthritis or inflammation of the joints.
When I work with clients we look at what they’re doing to promote a healthy gut and then get down to some serious business of improving their system even more by using the following life-changing suggestions:
Fermented Foods – Kimchi, kefir, sauerkraut, and kombucha tea are just some of the fermented foods which offer an incredible amount of gut-healthy bacteria. Make it a goal to consume some fermented products daily to optimize the healthy flora in your stomach.
Probiotic – More important than a multivitamin is a probiotic. Choose a probiotic supplement with at least 30 billion live cultures and commit to taking it daily indefinitely. Within a short period of time you’ll begin to see the positive benefits of this live product going to work! If you’ve recently consumed a round of antibiotics, it can take up to 6 months to regain your healthy stomach flora.
Sugar and Alcohol – Sugar, alcohol, and refined carbohydrates like processed foods can feed unhealthy gut yeast that attacks our systems. Often a short detox is required to get things under control and regain balance. Eliminating sugar, alcohol, and processed foods and sometimes even fruit and dairy products while consuming fermented foods and a probiotic supplement will re-boot your system and get you back to feeling great.
Meditation – Stress actually affects our entire body including our immune system and digestive health. Taking time each day to meditate will benefit your overall health in ways that you can’t even imagine. Take a class in transcendental meditation or join a meditation group near you. Also create time each morning for quiet reflection to de-stress and reconnect with your spirit.
When we begin to truly understand that our gut is like the operating system for our entire body, we start to make it a priority. If you aren’t feeling your best, work on regaining a healthy gut and you may just realize where the problems have been all along.
Jay Bradley is an anti-aging, wellness & lifestyle expert living in Los Angeles http://jaybradleylifestyle.com
He is the author of LIVE LOOK FEEL The 12-Week Guide to Live Longer, Look Younger & Feel Better!