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How To Get Rid Of Bad Breath With Apple Cider Vinegar

How To Get Rid Of Bad Breath With Apple Cider Vinegar

Bad breath can be an embarrassing condition for those who suffer from it – and despite many products like toothpastes, mouthwashes and powders being out there, it can be a condition which is difficult to treat. Fortunately, apple cider vinegar offers a natural and inexpensive way to help take care of this problem and get your breath fresh again!

Read on to find out more about curing bad breath with apple cider vinegar.

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    The Lowdown on Bad Breath

    While everyone understands what bad breath is, not many know much about its causes. The truth is, there are many things that can cause this problem. The Mayo Clinic notes that many of the usual suspects include:

    • Particles of food that get stuck in the nooks and crannies of and around the teeth
    • Bacteria build-up on the teeth and tongue
    • Certain medications
    • Eating certain foods, such as those with onions or garlic or which are heavily spiced (like a curry dish)
    • Some medical issues/conditions like gum disease, sinus infections, poor digestion or even cancer
    • Use of tobacco products

    If you do find that your breath is not fresh, one of the first things you should do is to review your oral hygiene habits. Are you brushing 2-3 times a day, especially after meals and/or before you go to bed? Are you flossing? Do you make sure to brush your tongue along with your teeth? Are you using mouthwash? The answer to all these questions should be “yes” if you want to make sure that your mouth is both healthy and odor-free.

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    If you already do everything suggested above but are still having problems, consider adding apple cider vinegar to your daily routine.

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      How To To Erase Bad Breath with Apple Cider Vinegar

      So how can apple cider vinegar help you win your battle over bad breath?

      First, apple cider vinegar has a high concentration of malic and acetic acid and because of these acidic properties, it can create an environment that is unfriendly to bacteria. This can help to kill off the bacteria on the teeth and tongue that could be causing the bad breath to begin with.

      Second, apple cider vinegar contains a rich blend of minerals – including calcium, potassium, sodium, magnesium, copper, sulfur and other trace minerals that are all important to support the overall health of the mouth and teeth – as well as providing the rest of the body with these important nutrients.

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      Third, apple cider vinegar can help improve overall digestion, one of the possible causes for bad breath mentioned above.

      How to Use Apple Cider Vinegar

      The best thing about apple cider vinegar is that not only is it cheap and available at nearly every grocery store, it really is affective at conquering the issue of bad breath. Below are various recipes for apple cider vinegar drinks, gargles and mouthwashes to help improve this problem:

      Apple Cider Vinegar Daily Drink Recipe

      • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
      • 1 cup (8 ounces) water

      Stir the apple cider vinegar together and drink this daily after meals to help improve digestion and kill the bacteria that causes bad breath.

      Apple Cider Vinegar Gargle Recipe

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      • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
      • 1 cup warm water

      Use this as gargle and then swish the liquid around in your mouth before spitting it out. Be sure not to swallow this mixture as it can just make bad breath worse.

      Apple Cider Vinegar-Parsley Chew

      • Small handful of fresh parsley
      • 1 cup apple cider vinegar

      To combine the antibacterial properties of parsley and apple cider vinegar, simply dip the parsley leaves in the vinegar itself, chew them thoroughly and then spit them out.

      Apple Cider Vinegar Mouthwash

      • 1/2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
      • 1 cup warm water

      Stir the apple cider vinegar into the water and use as a mouthwash, swishing it around your mouth and then spitting it out.

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      Baking Soda/Apple Cider Vinegar Brush

      • 2 tablespoons baking soda
      • 2-3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
      • 1 cup water

      Mix the baking soda and apple cider vinegar into a paste and brush your teeth with it as you would brush them normally, then rinse with the water, swishing and spitting the water out.

      There is no best way to do this – it will depend entirely on your own preferences. However, all the recipes given above are effective ways to help cleanse your teeth of the bacteria and improve your digestion, both of which can, in turn, help improve your bad breath with apple cider vigar, and also your overall health.

      The takeaway here is that while bad breath can be a complicated problem, apple cider vinegar can be the answer you’ve been looking for. And even better is the fact that it can be bought at any supermarket for mere dollars and it will save you a ton of money while freshening your breath once and for all.

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      Last Updated on October 5, 2020

      Intermittent Fasting Weight Loss (The Ultimate Weight Loss Hack)

      Intermittent Fasting Weight Loss (The Ultimate Weight Loss Hack)

      Intermittent fasting weight loss is a type of diet that’s rapidly growing in popularity and becoming the way to lose weight. Scientists and nutrition experts like it, too. New books and articles on the topic are being published daily. Intermittent fasting is also popular with followers of the Paleo diet since our ancestors appear to have eaten this way for thousands of years.

      I’ve been following this type of diet myself for 2 years. Doing so helped me lose and keep off 70 pounds without ever having to count calories, limit carbohydrates, or eat 6 to 7 meals a day.

      This article teaches you all about intermittent fasting weight loss and details why it is one of the best weight loss diet hacks around. Once you finish, you will be able to implement into your diet and experience the benefits it offers almost immediately.

      What Is Intermittent Fasting?

      As you may have figured from its name, intermittent fasting weight loss is a diet plan where you set fasting periods during the day. This is usually between 16-20 consecutive hours, but it can be as little as 12 hours or as much as 24 hours (or even 36 hours).

      While fasting you can eat and drink low calorie or calorie-free foods. Think coffee, tea, water, and vegetables.

      The more time you spend fasting every day, the better your results. You can do these fasts as often as you like. Again, the more often you do so, the better[1].

      Getting Started With Intermittent Fasting

      Following this diet plan is super simple. All you have to do is choose a period of time during the day that you will fast. This should be between 16-20 hours.

      The longer you fast each day, the better. Don’t worry about calorie restriction or measuring carbohydrates. Just focus on going about your day until it’s time to eat.

      It’s best to choose a set period of time to conduct your fast. I like to fast from 8 PM to 4 PM the following afternoon. I’ll then have my first meal of the day and a snack or two a few hours later. Once 8 o’clock rolls around, it’s back to fasting.

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      My experience with intermittent fasting is that it’s best to start with a 16 hour fast (i.e. 8PM one evening to 12PM the next day) for the first 1-2 weeks. Once you are comfortable with this schedule, you can increase the amount of time you spend fasting. Do this by adding 30 minutes to each fast until you get to where you are fasting for 20 hours at a time.

      You don’t have to fast every day in the beginning either. You may be more comfortable breaking in slowly with 2 or 3 days per week, or trying alternate day fasting. Add additional days of intermittent fasting as you become more comfortable with this style of eating.

      Tips To Make Intermittent Fasting Easier

      1. Drink Plenty of Water

      Squeeze a little lemon or lime juice into your water to help get rid of any cravings you experience. You can also drink coffee, tea, or other calorie-free beverages. After a few weeks, you will find that intermittent fasting keeps you from craving sugar entirely.

      2. Take in Caffeine in the Morning and Early Afternoon

      The caffeine in coffee and tea may actually make intermittent fasting weight loss a little easier since it’s good for curbing your appetite. Be careful not to overindulge as this may lead to you feeling a little too wired. I also recommend these natural energy boosting tips to keep you going during the day.

      3. Avoid Artificially Flavored Drinks

      One type of calorie-free drink that should be avoided are diet sodas and other beverages that use artificial sweeteners like Splenda and Sweet & Low. Studies show that the can actually stimulate your appetite[2] like a drink that contains sugar and cause you to overeat.

      4. Don’t Gorge at Your First Meal

      The first meal after your fast should be the amount of food you typically eat. Binging will only make you feel awful and diminish the benefits you get from the fast.

      To avoid this, try creating meal plans, at least for the first few weeks. This will help you get into the rhythm of eating regularly portioned meals during your eating window.

      5. Minimize Processed Carbohydrates and Sugars

      While intermittent fasting does make it possible to eat a little looser than normal, you should still eat as little bread, pasta, rice, etc. as possible.

      Focus instead on eating protein from beef, fish, or pork, carbohydrates from vegetables, fruit, and sweet potatoes, and healthy fats from foods like almonds, avocados, fish, and olive oil.

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      You can find some carb sources that will aid your weight loss journey here.

      How Intermittent Fasting Helps You Lose Weight

      Eating this way has many benefits with regard to weight loss. The first is that when you’re fasting, your body will be forced to use its stored body fat for energy. Burning calories this way, instead of from the food you’re eating throughout the day, will help you experience significant weight loss, but specifically lose weight from any excess body fat you’re carrying.

      This means that you won’t just be thinner, but you will also look better and be much healthier than if you lose weight the old-fashioned way[3].

      Intermittent fasting can help optimize the release of the key fat-burning hormones in your body. This is especially true for the two most important hormones: human growth hormone (HGH) and insulin.

      Human growth hormone plays a key role in turning on your body’s fat-burning furnace so that it gets the calories you need to work and play from stored body fat. Studies show that fasting can significantly increase the production of HGH[4].

      The influence intermittent fasting weight loss has on insulin is just as impressive and possibly more important. Keeping your insulin levels low and steady is key to losing excess fat and keeping it off.

      Diets that are rich in processed carbohydrates (bread, pasta, rice) and simple sugars (candy, cookies, and soda) have the opposite effect. They cause your insulin levels to rapidly spike and then crash every time you eat one of these foods. The net result of this phenomenon is that your body will store more of what you eat as excess body fat instead of burning it off as energy.

      Chronically elevating your insulin levels like this can also lead to the development of type II diabetes, obesity, and other chronic health problems. Intermittent fasting easily solves this problem.

      One study found that men who participated in intermittent fasting had “dramatically lower insulin levels and significantly improved insulin sensitivity”[5].

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      This happens because you’re not giving your body food, so it will not produce insulin, allowing insulin levels to balance out until you eat again. This helps your body stay in a calorie and fa-burning state. You’ll also find that it gives you more energy throughout the day.

      Another great weight loss benefit of intermittent fasting is that hunger pangs and cravings that may normally plague you throughout the day will be reduced, if not altogether eliminated. This is probably due to its ability to balance your insulin and blood sugar levels and, in turn, help correct other hormonal imbalances.

      Intermittent Fasting Weight Loss FAQs

      Now that you know what intermittent fasting is and how to get started, it’s time to answer your other questions.

      Below are answers to the questions frequently asked about intermittent fasting. These answers should help you and make getting started a lot easier.

      How Much Weight Will I Lose?

      The amount of weight you lose with fasting is determined by how often and long your fasts are, what you eat afterward, and other factors. Fasting for 16-20 hours a day can help you safely lose 2-3 pounds of fat every week.

      While losing this much weight every week is great, it’s how it makes it happen that’s really cool. Losing weight with intermittent fasting means that you will never have to count calories or plan and prepare several meals a day.

      Can I Work out While Fasting?

      Yes, you can. In fact, doing the right type of workout while fasting will help you lose weight faster and even build muscle.

      The best workouts to do while fasting for weight loss are 3-4 intense strength training workouts weekly. This means anything from standard strength training to kettlebell or body weight workouts.

      Focus on doing 3-4 total body exercises per workout with as little rest as possible between sets. Doing this will help you burn more calories during and after your workout. You’ll also build muscle, which will help you look and feel better as the weight comes off.

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      Won’t I Lose Muscle When I Fast?

      First of all, you aren’t fasting long enough for your body to start breaking down muscle for energy. You have, perhaps, hundreds of thousands of calories from your stored body fat to use before that will begin to happen. Studies actually show that even after fasting for 3 days, no muscle is lost.

      Is Fasting Safe?

      As long as you are healthy, not pregnant, and aren’t taking medications, fasting is safe. Like all diets, you should discuss it with your doctor before beginning an intermittent fasting style of dieting.

      I also feel that it may not be smart to follow this type of diet when you’re especially stressed. Since this diet can be a little stress-inducing at first, doing so when your ability to be relatively stress-free and rested probably isn’t a good idea.

      Are There Any Supplements I Can Take to Make Fasting Easier?

      As with any other weight loss plan, it’s a good idea to take a few nutritional supplements to ensure that your daily requirements are met. This includes a once or twice daily multi-vitamin, fish oil, and vitamin D.

      I’ve also found taking 10 grams of branch chain amino acids before and after my workouts really helps, too. They’re great for giving you more energy during your workout and decreasing post-workout muscle soreness.

      For supplements to specifically help with digestion, check out this article.

      Conclusion

      Now you know what intermittent fasting is and how it can help you lose weight quickly, safely, and pretty much effortlessly.

      If you want to give it a try, find a fasting schedule that fits with you lifestyle and give it a go.

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