Healthy Eating – How to Get Rid of Bad Breath

by | May 31, 2011 | Health Habits, Nutrition Support, Uncategorized

Bad breath has everything to do with the food we eat and is clearly a bigger dampener than a pot belly. When food is not getting digested properly it leads to bad breath. Here are a few simple rules of thumb:

Drink enough water!

You should also ask yourself if you are drinking adequate quantities of water. We’ve already talked about the importance of water in our diet but let me remind you that minor dehydration leads to bad breath and major dehydration leads to foul body odor. So when traveling always carry adequate quantities of drinking water.

Eat your fruits!

If you have not been eating fruits regularly, you may lack Vitamin C – and it helps so much to combat bad breath.

Visit the dentist at least once in six months!

Decaying tooth cavities not only cause bad breath, it also leads to swallowing improperly chewed food which in turn affects digestion especially of meat and other foods that need to be properly chewed before swallowing. After each meal, gargle and preferably brush your teeth.

Take your protein even after late evening work outs!

A lot of my clients especially the men like to workout after they return home from work. But because they want to follow my principles of eating right, they eat light for dinner and eat nothing pre and post workout. Well, here’s the deal: a pre workout and post workout meal is a necessity irrespective of the time of the day you workout at. So even if its 8:00 pm or 10:00 pm, make sure you have your high GI carbs and protein shake within 10 minutes of working out. Yup, even if the watch reads 11 p.m. you need that vital top-up.

Have some fruit instead of coffee post dinner

Coffee will not only interfere with your digestion, it will also come in the way of your sleep. Coffee prevents the absorption of minerals like iron and calcium. Low levels of iron and calcium increase fat accumulation. Also, coffee increases the acidity in your stomach so when you wake up in the morning you are going to suffer from yes, acidity and a bloated stomach. So skip the coffee post dinner, have fruit and add some more Vitamin C 😉

Lack of digestive enzymes and overeating are big culprits when it comes to making your mouth smell really bad. Bottom line is:

Follow the principles of healthy eating to get rid of bad breath.

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