Apart from oral hygiene, food can cause halitosis. We tell you what to eat to avoid bad breath.
Although we all know that one of the main causes of bad breath or halitosis is not brushing your teeth correctly and when you play, what perhaps we are not so clear is that when it comes to having fresh breath, our diet is also important.
The origin of bad breath are the billions of bacteria that roam freely in our mouths and that produce sulfur compounds that are responsible for this embarrassing situation. But there are also some foods that aggravate the situation and it is good to know them to know what to eat to avoid bad breath.
What to eat to avoid bad breath: What to eliminate
· Foods’s rich in volatile sulfur compounds, such as garlic or onion, or cheeses such as blue or highly cured, as these compounds are absorbed into the bloodstream and then expelled when breathing.
· Ketogenic diets (with a high protein load and very little carbohydrate intake) that lead the body to a state of ketosis in which ketone bodies are generated that are also released when we breathe, that is, in our breath.
· Foods that reduce saliva secretion - they leave our mouth dry - such as coffee and alcohol, which also create an environment conducive to the proliferation of bacteria in our mouth.
What to eat to avoid bad breath: The best allies
· Fruits and vegetables, especially those that are high in vitamin C, such as broccoli, red peppers, and citrus fruits, which create a hostile environment for the growth of bacteria that cause bad breath.
· Yogurts, unsweetened and preferably probiotics. According to a study by a group of Japanese researchers, taking 100 grams of yogurt twice a day reduces the production of sulfur compounds. In addition, yogurt contains vitamin D that helps reduce the number of bacteria.
· Herbs and spices rich in chlorophyll, which are attributed a deodorizing effect that helps mitigate bad breath. Among the most popular herbs are parsley, basil and coriander and among the spice’s cloves, anise or fennel. Although it is true that there is no scientific basis on its effectiveness, it is a remedy that does not hurt and has been used forever. Another option also popularly used is to drink infusions that refresh the mouth, such as mint or spearmint. After all, even if science doesn't show it, chlorophyll is always something that has been associated with fresh breath.
· Sugar-free chewing gums, because they stimulate the production of saliva, drag residues from the tongue and teeth and the xylitol used as a sweetener inhibits the proliferation of bacteria.
· Water, because it also stimulates the production of saliva.
Obviously, apart from all these recommendations on what to eat to avoid bad breath, we must not forget that we must maintain proper oral hygiene if we do not want to get a bad taste in our mouths.
begins in your mouth, where saliva starts to break down food when you chew. When you swallow, your chewed food moves to your esophagus, a tube that connects your throat to your stomach. Muscles in the esophagus push the food down to a valve at the bottom of your esophagus, which opens to let food into the stomach.