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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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                        8 Things to Watch for If You’re Considering Being Vegetarian

                        8 Things to Watch for If You’re Considering Being Vegetarian

                        Vegetarianism has been around for a long time, finding favor with many people, including Pythagoras clear back around 580 B.C. It’s been presented as one of the most healthy diets around, including being touted by the Egyptians to the point of abstaining from meat and animal clothing due to karmic beliefs. The vegetarian society (vegsoc.org) defines vegetarianism as:

                        “Someone who lives on a diet of grains, pulses, nuts, seeds, vegetables and fruits with, or without, the use of dairy products and eggs. A vegetarian does not eat any meat, poultry, game, fish, shellfish* or by-products of slaughter.”

                        While it’s pretty obvious that there are multiple benefits to following a vegetarian diet, it’s always good to be informed about the cons of this dietary choice as well.

                        Outlined below are several things you might want to be aware of before you say good-bye to meat forever. Whether you are a current vegetarian, or contemplating making a shift, keep in mind these 8 things to keep yourself healthy.

                        1. You could suffer from B12 vitamin deficiency

                        The B vitamins are especially important for stress management, adrenal health, and brain function. Vegetarians in particularly are at risk for B12 deficiency. Vitamin B12 is attached to the protein in animal products and without enough B12 you can suffer from depression, fatigue, and an inability to concentrate.

                        Due to its attachment to animal proteins, B12 is the hardest for vegetarians to obtain when they don’t eat dairy or eggs in their diet. This essential little vitamin can be found in some algae and has been added to some yeast, but research doesn’t currently provide enough information to say whether or not these forms of B12 are of good quality and can provide adequate supplementation.

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                        The body is unable to make this vitamin, meaning it has to be taken in through food or supplementation. Essential for making red blood cells, DNA, nerves and various other function in the body, a Harvard Health Medical report in January of 2013 found symptoms of a B12 deficiency can present in sneaky ways including depression, paranoia, delusion, and loss of taste and smell.

                        2.  You could suffer from higher states of anxiety/depression, lower sense of well-being

                        According to a CBS Atlanta report, vegetarians suffered from a higher rate of anxiety and depression than their counterparts. Read the full report here. Depression and/or anxiety can be a result of many possible deficiencies including essential vitamins and amino acids you can find only in meat products, including Omega-3s from wild caught salmon.

                        Without the correct supplementation and proper understanding of diet, including the importance of micro and macro nutrients, depression and anxiety can become a serious problem, bringing down the overall health and well-being of vegetarians.

                        Even though reports on health and lifestyle show vegetarians have a lower BMI and lower consumption of alcohol and drugs, it also shows they suffer from more chronic illnesses and more visits to the doctor than their meat eating counterparts.

                        3. You could suffer from excess weight

                        When you go vegetarian it opens up a lot of food, but just because there isn’t any meat in front of you, it doesn’t mean it’s necessary healthy. Though pizza and beer technically fall under the vegetarian diet, it’s not a healthy choice for your waist line.

                        Just because being a vegetarian is associated with a healthier lifestyle in many cases, doesn’t mean it’s always true. Making bread and pasta your staples and not understanding where your protein sources should be coming from, can pack on body fat, which increases your chances of health issues such as diabetes and chronic inflammation.

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                        If the choice to go vegetarian happens on a whim without the proper understanding of food control, portion, and nutritionally dense alternatives you can find yourself reaching for vegetarian foods, which could cause serious problems down the road. Nuts are a good example, but just because something is touted as healthy, it doesn’t mean, your should eat it in excess.

                        Eating too many calories in fat will still cause you to gain weight. Eating too many calories in carbs will cause you to gain weight. Eating too many calories in protein will cause you to gain weight. See a pattern here? Not to mention you’ll miss out on important nutrients the body needs by over-eating in one area and under-eating in another. Re-read number 2.

                        4. You could have a higher risk of heart disease

                        Eating plenty of fruits and vegetables should be a goal we all strive for, but when you cut out meat, you also cut out what is known as complete protein, which you find in animal by-products. Complete means more than just the essential amino acids, it means those amino acids contain dietary sulfur. Without enough dietary sulfur, which is found almost exclusively in fish and pasture feed grass beef, the body will struggle with the biological activities of both protein and enzymes.

                        The effects cascade downward, effecting bones, joints, tissues, and even metabolic issues. In short, a low intake of sulfur associated with a vegetarian diet can result in high blood levels of homocysteine, which may lead to blood clots in your arteries, blood clots raise your risk of stroke and heart attack. To read the full report click here.

                        5. You could suffer from low cholesterol

                        I know, at first you’re thinking, wait, low cholesterol is a good thing. Yes, it is, when it’s LDL cholesterol, which you get from eating an unhealthy diet, but low HDL (good cholesterol) can cause serious health issues. HDL, according to the mayo clinic, is in every cell in our body and can help fend off heart disease, not enough of it though, and too much LDL can go the other way, will be building up plaque in the arteries and leading to heart disease.

                        Cholesterol, the good kind, is actually vitally important to the making of every steroid hormone in the body! There are six, and without cholesterol the body is unable to convert hormones, and it can cause damage in the endocrine system.

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                        A vegetarian without a balanced diet, meaning enough protein, enough veggies, and enough good fats, could disrupt his or her adrenals, which are directly connected to the endocrine system and the body’s ability to make and synthesize the hormones your body needs. The six major hormones in the body help do everything from metabolizing carbohydrates, to the electrolyte balance, to making sure if you’re a woman you can carry a healthy baby through pregnancy.

                        6. You could suffer from lower bone density and osteoporosis.

                        Osteoporosis, the disease where the bones get thinner, weaker, and fractures become a high risk with day to day movements. It’s often associated with the older generation, but your risk for osteoporosis increases with a lower bone density. Bone density can be directly related to diet and lifestyle, along with many other factors.

                        When it comes to eating a vegetarian diet it’s possible to miss getting enough of the right nutrients, causing the bones to begin to break down. If your vegetarian diet isn’t balanced and providing you with the correct nutrients and the means to absorb the correct nutrients, your body could begin to break down.

                        Recently, Professor Tuan Nguyen of Sydney’s Garvan Institute of Medical Research led a review of both Australian and Vietnamese research around the bone density of vegetarian versus their meat eating counterparts. Helping Professor Nguyen was Dr. Ho-Pham Thuc Lan from Pham Ngoc Thac University of Medicine in Vietnam. The review was designed to sort though years of research surrounded by discrepancies and inadequate clinical data.

                        At the end of the review, with vegetarianism rising to around 5% of the populace in the western continents, and with wide spread osteoporosis reports – 2 million in Australia and closer to 54 million in America – the decrease in bone density of vegetarians is a serious issue which needs to be addressed, if you’ve cut meat and animal by-products out of your life.

                        7. You could be at a higher risk for colorectal cancer

                        Cancer seems to be running rampant through America, and it’s within everyone’s best interest to do all they can to keep their body healthy and happy to prevent cancer from finding a place to grow. In most studies it’s been found vegetarians are at lower risk for cancer, but a European Oxford study with over 63 thousand men and women in the United Kingdom found the risk for colorectal cancer higher in vegetarians than in meat-eaters.

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                        Extra care needs to be taken when establishing a diet to ensure the body is receiving and able to up take all the important nutritional benefits and requirements from food.

                        8. You could end up eating more processed food

                        Depending on how deep you choose to go as a vegetarian, it could create the need to substitute a lot of food and recipe ingredients in your diet, but what happens when you cut out meat, eggs, and dairy and your recipe calls for meat, eggs, and/or dairy? You have to end up using a “healthy” vegetarian alternative which include stabilizers, thickeners, and various other ingredients you can’t pronounce.

                        Lauren from Empowered Substance puts it into a great perspective with her comparison of Earth Balance, a vegetarian approved butter replacement compared to butter. She points out the ingredients in Earth Balance consist of: Palm fruit oil, canola oil, safflower oil, flax oil, olive oil, salt, natural flavor, pea protein, sunflower lecithin, lactic acid, annatto color. Meanwhile, the ingredient list in butter, is much shorter. It’s butter.

                        That’s only one example. To appeal to the vegetarian lifestyle food manufacturers have found alternatives which fall under vegetarian, but aren’t necessarily healthy for you. Consider baked goods, which though vegetarian can be filled with more sugars and binders than regular baked goods with diary products. It’s the same with vegetarian items like mac and cheese, without using real cheese you may just be getting oil and thickeners, without even the smallest amount of nutritional value.

                        The reality is, most vegetarian substitutes contain the same junky alternatives which even meat eaters should be avoiding to remain happy and healthy.

                        On one final note, whichever lifestyle you choose to work with, remember anything in excess – including protein and animal by products – isn’t healthy for the body. It takes a wide spectrum of food and nutrients to keep the beautiful body you travel around in all day running in prime condition.

                         

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