We’ve all been there. Trying to have a conversation with a person until it happens. The moment you take in the harsh odor from their smelly breath. It is so harsh you don’t know how to avoid it without being obvious. Or maybe you are the one with smelly breath and you don’t realize it. Well, if you notice an abrupt end to the conversation, or an offer for a breath mint in the middle of talking, then that is your cue – your breath stinks and you need to do something about it.
But why does it stink in the first place?
One reason can be indigestion. Is your food being digested properly? Gastritis, gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD), and acid reflux, usually referred by most of us as ‘indigestion’ are prevalent medical conditions with symptoms such as heartburn, regurgitation, and bad breath. Yes, indigestion causes bad breath! Have you ever thought of a solution to it? You can start by making some simple changes now.
Where does it come from?
When undigested food is flowed back into your esophagus, acid reflux is created. A weak lower esophageal sphincter (LES) remains open after food has been swallowed and allows acids to flow back into the mouth. This regurgitation causes bad breath. White substances on the tongue can be a sign of indigestion, smoking or dehydration – all of which can make breath smell, in addition to indigestion caused by acid reflux from a hiatus hernia.
Prevention and Cure
There are many over the counter medications for indigestion, which are filled with artificial ingredients. Reading the ingredient label of these medications will give you new words to add to your vocabulary. In order to digest food properly, foods that are rich in fiber should be eaten. If you can’t stay away from certain foods, then you can use natural herbs to help improve your digestion. One natural solution is fennel, which is used as a digestive aid along with possessing many other health benefits including remedies for flatulence, colic, constipation and diarrhea. It is widely used in mouth fresheners and toothpastes. Fennel is known to help with digestion and also freshen breath. Stop looking for the industrial strength breath mint (does that even exist?) and start at the root of the problem. Fennel is a natural ingredient that you know is safe and helps with digestion.
So lay low on that offensive breath and stop it at the source. Fixing digestion will reduce bad breath odors that accumulate in your mouth, and you’ll find less offers of breath mints being made to you.