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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 September 16, 2019

      How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

      How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

      You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

      We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

      The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

      Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

      1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

      Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

      For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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      • (1) Research
      • (2) Deciding the topic
      • (3) Creating the outline
      • (4) Drafting the content
      • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
      • (6) Revision
      • (7) etc.

      Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

      2. Change Your Environment

      Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

      One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

      3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

      Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

      Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

      My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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      Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

      4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

      If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

      Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

      I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

      5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

      I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

      Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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      As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

      6. Get a Buddy

      Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

      I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

      7. Tell Others About Your Goals

      This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

      For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

      8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

      What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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      9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

      If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

      Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

      10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

      Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

      Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

      11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

      At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

      Reality check:

      I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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