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11 Surprising Causes Of Bad Breath You Didn’t Know

11 Surprising Causes Of Bad Breath You Didn’t Know

No one likes bad breath. It’s embarrassing, annoying, and people around the world try to get rid of it or hide it as best as they can. The number one thing people do to get rid of bad breath is brushing their teeth, but did you know that brushing alone may not be able to get rid of bad breath? Sometimes you can floss, brush and use mouthwash and still suffer from bad breath. Scientists are still studying the causes of bad breath, and they have found a few surprising ones.

1. Don’t Skip Breakfast

    Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and now we can add fresh breath to the list of reasons why. When you skip breakfast, your saliva glands aren’t as active in the morning and this can dry out your mouth, causing bad breath. Even if you brush and gargle before leaving the house, your breath will not be as fresh as it would be if you had eaten breakfast.

    2. Coffee – Stainer of Teeth and Saboteur of Breath

      Coffee lovers aren’t likely to give up their morning jolt over minor tooth stains or bad breath, but they can help the bad breath problem by drinking less coffee. This beverage will dry your mouth out, and the more you drink, the worse the problem will get. Try cutting back to one or two cups per day and drink a glass or two of water after each cup to keep your mouth from becoming too dry.

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      3. Bad Bacteria Will Make Your Breath Smell

        You may be surprised to learn that your mouth is home to both good and bad bacteria. The bad bacteria is one of the causes of bad breath, and studies show that one in particular, H. Pylori, is linked to halitosis. Since it mostly lives on the tongue, make sure you brush your tongue each time you brush your teeth. If you can, brush more than 2 or 3 times per day.

        4. Surprisingly, Gum is One of the Causes of Bad Breath

          Usually, as soon as you are aware your breath is bad, you pop some gum in your mouth, thinking that it will cure the problem. If your gum is sweetened with Xylitol, it should help to freshen your breath. Studies show that only sugar-free gum sweetened with Xylitol can prevent bacteria that causes cavities and bad breath.

          5. Forgetting to Floss

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            You can brush your teeth often, gargle with mouthwash and stay away from coffee, but if you continualy forget to floss, those food partivles between your teeth will still create bad breath. Put a note on the bathroom mirror so you won’t forget to floss. It only takes 21 days to build a habit, so if you can remember for 21 days, you should be set for life.

            6. Breathing Through Your Mouth

              Some people breathe through their mouths only when they are too stuffed up to breathe through their noses. Others, however, have fallen into the habit of breathing through their mouths all the time. When you have bad breath to begin with, mouth breathing does not help your case! Those who didn’t start out with bad breath will soon find that by breathing through their mouths, they have given themselves bad breath. When your mouth is open for long periods of time, it dries out and a dry mouth is one of the causes of bad breath. Practice breathing through your nose as often as you can, and soon you’ll become more aware of your mouth breathing. After a while, you’ll be breathing through your nose all the time.

              7. Eating too much Protein

                Protein-rich foods are a food trend right now. Protein has become the number one food to eat while on a diet because it keeps you full for a long time, and companies are adding protein to foods that don’t naturally have it to make more money. Protein is necessary for your body and very good for you, but like anything else, too much of a good thing is not good. If you are limiting your carbohydrates and filling up on protein, it will have an effect on your breath. This type of diet can actually make your breath smell very foul! If you are trying to lose weight but are not enjoying the bad breath, try a more balanced diet instead and add in some exercise. No diet should push you into eating too much of one food group. The best motto for healthy eating and healthy living is “everything in moderation.”

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                8. Medication Can Cause Bad Breath

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                  No one should ever stop taking medication simply because of bad breath – always talk to your doctor before making these decisions! If you aren’t happy about this particular side effect from your meds, chewing Xylitol gum and drinking lots of water will help you. Buy yourself a nice, sturdy water bottle and mke sure you always have it with you. Try to drink at least 2 or 3 of these throughout the day and you will be healthier along with helping to eradicate your bad breath.

                  8. After Work Cocktails

                    There’s nothing like a relaxing drink after a stressful day at work, but if your one drink usually turns into 3 or 4, you might have a problem with bad breath that isn’t going away. Alcohol has a negative affect on saliva glands and will cause a dry mouth. In smaller quantities, it doesn’t cause a problem but if you have too much, you will have bad breath. As mentioned earlier, everything in moderation!

                    10. Afraid of the Dentist?

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                      Many people hate the thought of going to the dentist for regular check-ups, but if you don’t go, you could have cavities, gum disease, or even infections that you don’t know about. These will all cause you to have bad breath. The best solution in this case is to face the music and go to the dentist. If you schedule regular checkups and cleaning appointments, you are less likely to have major issues with your teeth and gums.

                      11. Lack of Fruits and Vegetables

                        Your mother always told you to eat your vegetables, and she was right! If you don’t eat enough fresh fruits and veggies, it can cause bad breath. Fresh produce is the best choice because your mouth will have to increase saliva production to chew and digest the fruits and vegetables, and the extra saliva will clean odor causing bacteria out of your mouth.

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                        Published on March 22, 2019

                        14 Healthy Easy Recipes for People on the Go

                        14 Healthy Easy Recipes for People on the Go

                        Greasy hamburgers at lunch or a buttered bagel is not everyone’s idea of a dream lunch. Healthy eating is important but not always so easy when you have little time on your hands. You may be forced to eat snacks that you do not enjoy in a rush.

                        However, there are recipes that do not involve spending a lot of time or having special culinary skills. Try these 14 healthy easy recipes for busy people on the go.

                        1. Green Salads

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                          Salads are super easy to make and require no cooking at all. Just chop up the ingredients and put it in a Tupperware and you are good to go. You can make a lot at once and keep for later.

                          Ingredients:

                          • Kale
                          • Lemon
                          • Olive oil
                          • Salt
                          • Pepper

                          How to make it:

                          1. Chop kale into small bite-size pieces. Squeeze out the lemon juice and whisk in olive oil, salt, and pepper.
                          2. Toss kale in the mix and add bean sprouts or cheese

                          2. Chickpea Slaw

                            Photo credit: Unsweetened Caroline

                            Ingredients:

                            • ¼ cup plain yogurt
                            • 1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
                            • 1 tbsp. water
                            • Salt
                            • Black pepper
                            • 1 can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
                            • 2 ½ cups of sliced green cabbage
                            • 2 stalks celery (sliced)
                            • 2 shredded carrots
                            • 2 tbsps. sesame seeds (toasted)

                            How to make it:

                            1. Stir together yogurt, vinegar, water, salt, and pepper.
                            2. Add in chickpeas, cabbage, celery, and carrots.
                            3. Toss and sprinkle in sesame seeds.

                            3. Juice Your Greens

                              Photo credit: Loving it Vegan

                              Ingredients:

                              • A handful of kale
                              • A handful of cabbage
                              • A handful of parsley
                              • A stalk of celery
                              • An apple or a pear

                              How to make it:

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                              1. Place the ingredients one at a time into your juicer.
                              2. Put it in your favorite bottle and you are done!

                              4. Steamed Veggies And Meat

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                                This recipe includes meat but does not take years to prepare. Steaming cooks the meal really fast. If you are a vegan, you can use tofu to substitute the meat.

                                Ingredients:

                                • Broccoli
                                • Meat (of your choice)
                                • Olive oil
                                • Salt
                                • Pepper
                                • Apple cider vinegar

                                How to make it:

                                1. Steam broccoli and meat in a steamer while drizzling the meat with olive oil and apple cider vinegar.
                                2. Remove the broccoli when it becomes soft and the meat when it is well cooked.
                                3. Remember to sprinkle on some salt and pepper.

                                5. Seared Meat and Vegetables

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                                  A skillet will come in handy for this dish. And yes, it is another meal with veggies and meat, you cannot go wrong with this. It is a mix and matches meaning you can switch up the oils, seasonings, and vegetables according to your taste.

                                  Ingredients:

                                  • Ground meat (of your choice)
                                  • Vegetables (anyone you fancy)
                                  • Organic oil/butter
                                  • Store bought sauce/dressing
                                  • Salt

                                  How to make it:

                                  1. Cook meat with heated organic oil/butter in a skillet over moderate heat for 3 to 4 minutes.
                                  2. Add in shredded and chopped vegetables and stir until the meat cooks and the vegetables are semi-soft.
                                  3. Put your salt or dressing to give it some extra flavor.

                                  6. Green Smoothie

                                    Photo credit: Yummy Mummy Kitchen

                                    Smoothies are quite filling and combine fruits and vegetables for a healthy breakfast if you need to rush out in the morning.

                                    Ingredients:

                                    • 1 tbsp. Spirulina
                                    • 1 banana
                                    • 1 cup blueberries
                                    • Milk/Soy milk
                                    • Blend till smooth and enjoy. To make it thicker, add ice in with the ingredients.
                                    • A tea smoothie

                                    Note: If you like green tea, then try out this smoothie that uses your favourite tea and fruits:

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                                    • ¾ cup green tea
                                    • 1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
                                    • 2 tsp. lemon juice
                                    • 2 tsp. Agave nectar
                                    • 1 small pear
                                    • 2 tbsps. fat-free plain yogurt

                                    How to make it:

                                    Blend until smooth.

                                    7. Feta Omelet and Toast

                                      Photo credit: Improved Health Club

                                      Toast and eggs will definitely taste different from this recipe.

                                      Ingredients:

                                      • Chopped broccoli
                                      • 2 eggs
                                      • 2 tsp. Feta cheese (crumbled)
                                      • 2 slices toasted bread
                                      • Olive oil

                                      How to make it:

                                      1. Cook broccoli for three minutes in heated skillet.
                                      2. Mix feta, eggs, and dill in a bowl and cook in the pan for 3-4 minutes.
                                      3. Eat with toast.

                                      8. Banana and Almond Toast

                                        Photo credit: Dolly and Oatmeal

                                        This recipe is sure to keep you full until lunchtime.

                                        Ingredients:

                                        • 1 tbsp. almond butter
                                        • 1 slice rye bread
                                        • 1 sliced banana

                                        How to make it:

                                        Cover toast with almond butter and put banana slices.

                                        9. Quinoa

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                                          You can cook the quinoa the night before to reduce the amount of time spent on the dish.

                                          Ingredients:

                                          • 1 cup cooked quinoa
                                          • 1/3 cup black beans, drained and rinsed
                                          • 1 small tomato (chopped)
                                          • 1 scallion (chopped)
                                          • 1 tsp. olive oil
                                          • 1 tsp. fresh lemon juice
                                          • Salt
                                          • Pepper

                                          How to make it:

                                          Gently toss all the ingredients in a bowl and voila, you are done.

                                          10. Hummus and Beans

                                            Photo credit: Pinch and swirl

                                            Mashing your beans to create hummus takes just a few minutes.

                                            Ingredients:

                                            • ¼ cup canned white beans
                                            • 1 tbsp. chopped chives
                                            • 1 tbsp. lemon juice
                                            • 2 tsp. olive oil
                                            • Assorted Vegetables (chopped)

                                            How to make it:

                                            1. Combine beans, chives and lemon juice in a small bowl and mash till smooth.
                                            2. Add assorted vegetables.

                                            11. Egg Sandwich

                                              Photo credit: Home Sweet Eats

                                              Ingredients:

                                              • 2 cooked eggs (chopped)
                                              • 2 tbsp. Greek yogurt
                                              • 2 tbsp. red bell peppers (chopped)
                                              • ¼ curry powder
                                              • Salt
                                              • Pepper
                                              • Rye bread
                                              • ½ fresh spinach

                                              How to make it:

                                              1. Combine eggs, yogurt, bell pepper, curry powder, salt, and pepper and stir well.
                                              2. Place the spinach on the rye bread and egg salad.

                                              12. Swiss Sandwich and Ham

                                                Photo credit: My Recipe Magic

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                                                Whip up a simple but tasty sandwich.

                                                Ingredients:

                                                • 1 tbsp. Greek yogurt
                                                • ¼ Tsp. dried dill
                                                • 2 slices bread
                                                • 1-ounce lean sliced ham
                                                • 1 pear (sliced)
                                                • 1 1- ounce slice Swiss cheese

                                                How to make it:

                                                1. Combine yogurt and dill in a bowl and stir until blended.
                                                2. Spread mix on bread slices with ham, pear slices, cheese, and bread slice.

                                                13. Salmon Noodles

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                                                  Noodles take just a few minutes to cook and are extremely tasty.

                                                  Ingredients:

                                                  • 4 ounces noodles or spaghetti
                                                  • 5 ounces asparagus (cut)
                                                  • 1 (6-oz) salmon fillet
                                                  • 1tbsp sesame oil
                                                  • Zest and juice of 1-2 limes
                                                  • Salt
                                                  • Fresh pepper
                                                  • 4 ounces cucumber (cut)
                                                  • ½ avocado

                                                  How to make it:

                                                  1. Cook noodles for 6-8 minutes until soft.
                                                  2. Strain and then add asparagus to boiling water.
                                                  3. Cook for 2 minutes then rinse with cold water.
                                                  4. Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat and cook for 2-3 minutes.

                                                  14. Spaghetti Squash

                                                    This is one of my favourite recipes on the go (all it takes is 20 mins)! I substitute pasta for spaghetti squash. No plate needed.

                                                    Ingredients:

                                                    • 1 spaghetti squash
                                                    • 2 tsp of olive oil
                                                    • 2 pinch’ of salt
                                                    • 2 pinch’ of pepper

                                                    Steps: 

                                                    Check out the detailed steps in this full recipe here.

                                                    All these recipes can be prepared with ease and have carbs, proteins and fat to keep you energized until your next meal.

                                                    Featured photo credit: Brandy S via unsplash.com

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