Halitosis is the term given to having continually bad breath.
If you suspect that this problem may be affecting you, the first thing to do is check that you don’t have a chronic low grade sinus or throat infection, if you haven’t already done so.
If you suspect that this may be the case then the use of a good herbal remedy containing herbs such as Propolis, Golden Seal, Horseradish, Marshmallow, Sage or Thyme will usually sort it out.
See page on ‘Throat Infections’
If you are a smoker, stop smoking!! Smokers always have bad breath!
Avoiding drinking too much coffee can also help. Coffee often causes unpleasant breath.
The other very common cause of bad breath in many people is poor digestion, which can also cause a very sour, unpleasant taste in the mouth, especially in the mornings.
Poor digestion can also be accompanied by gas in the digestive system, making its presence known often by causing burping after meals or an uncomfortable stomach at night, often in the early hours of the morning.
Inadequate digestion can be corrected in several ways. The most effective that is to take food enzymes capsule with each meal to ensure that the meal is fully digested.
See page on ‘ Enzymes – facts’.
This can be further improved by introducing a lot more raw, fresh foods into the diet, especially those that contain high enzyme levels such as kiwi fruit and papaw and pineapple.
To further improve the situation be sure to remove all refined, processed foods from the diet.
It would also be advisable to have a look at the way in which you combine your foods. Ideally fruit and raw veges should be kept separate from proteins as proteins require an acidic environment for digestion to take place and fruit and raw veges create a more alkaline environment in the stomach.
Try and keep salads separate from other meals or have them prior to the main meal.
If the bowel happens to be causing a problem as in motions may be irregular, sometimes sluggish, constipated but also at other times too loose, then you will need to address this also, possibly by adding psyllium powder to the diet to insure a better bowel motion.
See page on ‘Bowel – Improving Action’
If none of the above suggestions help adequately it may be a good idea to visit your dentist as poor oral hygeine can also be a problem.