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Bad Breath or Halitosis

What causes Bad Breath or Halitosis?

Bad breath, medically known as Halitosis, may be the result of improper diet, smoking, tooth decay or abscess, chronic gingivitis, disorders of the tonsils, nose or sinuses, yeast infection of the digestive tract, stomach problems and more seriously, diseases of the lungs and liver.

Correct dental hygiene is an obvious treatment but if halitosis persists, check with your health care provider.

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Common factors which cause Chronic Bad Breath...

Diabetes or nervous tension may be a contributor to bad breath. Other sources are chemicals that may be present in the body such as arsenic, lead, bismuth and methane. Most often however, bad breath can be attributed to putrefactive bacteria living on undigested food caused by poor digestion, which releases gas through expelled air.

Bowel congestion can cause bad breath. If the bowels are not moving at least once a day, you will need to look at increasing your water intake to at least 8 glasses or 2 litres of water a day. Increase your raw food intake to ideally 60-70% of your total food intake. If your bowels do not regulate you may need to take a herbal laxative, such as Cascara, or, add Quick Fibre Plus to your diet. The inclusion of an Acidophilus supplement to combat harmful bacteria inhabiting the bowel is considered essential. Probiotic cultures have long been established as beneficial for creating a healthy bowel. Colostrum is also useful to improve bowel health, and, combined with probiotics, is a powerful treatment for the bowel.

Effective bowel cleansers are herbs and foods containing a large amount of chlorophyll and carotenoids. Chlorophyll contains a large amount of Magnesium, which cleanses the bowel and rejuvenates the blood stream. Carotenoids, naturally occurring antioxidants found in red/orange and yellow vegetables are great alkalisers, purifying the blood directly through the liver, spleen, and gastro-intestinal tract.

A carefully balanced diet is essential for the prevention of halitosis. Avoiding excessive consumption of sugar can help prevent fermentation in the gut, that can cause the breath to smell. Vitamin C is needed to prevent scurvy, which can cause the gums to bleed and become infected and odorous. Vitamin A is necessary for the overall development and health of the gums and teeth. Coenzyme Q10 is an excellent nutrient for gum health. A diet of raw foods may help.

Nutritional and Herbal support for Bad Breath includes...

Broad Spectrum Enzyme Formula - Containing herbs and enzymes to assist in the digestion of proteins, carbohydrates and lipids (fats).

Internal Cleanse - A specific program for improving digestion, liver function and the cleansing of the bowel.

Primadophilus - A probiotic supplement for the establishment of beneficial microflora in the intestinal tract. Medication such as antibiotics reduce the amount of beneficial bacteria, as an undesirable side effect.

Alfamax - A highly concentrated extract of Alfalfa, containing enzymes, minerals and natural chlorophyll for rejuvenating and cleansing.

Cascara sagrada - A herbal laxative that increases the peristaltic action of the bowel and increases bile secretion, making the bowel motion more fluid .

Some interesting points on Bad Breath...

  • Ensure dental hygiene is paramount. Change your toothbrush every 3 months, floss and ensure your toothbrush is not too hard.
  • Eat fresh, raw and high fibre foods to promote cleansing. A five day raw foods diet will stimulate cleansing, include a large amount of water.
  • Avoid refined carbohydrates, sugar and white flour, that promote bacterial growth in the mouth. Other problems foods include fermented foods and drinks, foods containing yeast and other mouldy foods.
  • Improve the digestive process by including herbs that stimulate gastric secretions. These include Ginger, Cayenne, Gentian, Fennel, and Black Pepper.
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The Naturopathic Team
Ideal Health

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