Having someone tell you that you have bad breath can cause an acute embarrassment that is not easily forgotten. The trouble is, there are several factors that bring about bad breath and if stomach problems are involved, no amount of brushing your teeth or gargling large quantities of mouthwash will cure it. Bad breath caused by stomach ailments falls under the true category of "halitosis" and specific steps, including natural remedies or cures, can be taken to improve the situation.
Good and Bad Bacteria
The human gut is full of bacteria, both good and bad. When an imbalance of these bacteria occurs, bad breath can result. To restore a healthy bacterial balance, eat yoghurt. Make sure the yoghurt has live acidophilus cultures in it, or take a daily probiotic supplement such as bifidus or acidophilus. These supplements are available in tablet or liquid form at just about any drugstore, health food store or pharmacy. Probiotics provide a form of "good" bacteria that can quickly restore balance to an ailing digestive system. Older adults may be prone to a lack of essential digestive system enzymes. Enzyme supplements can also be taken daily to help boost digestion and eliminate problems with bad breath.
Water and High-Fiber Foods
The medical community and nutritionists have touted the proven benefits of drinking eight 236ml. glasses of water every day, but few of us actually do it. Constipation can be a direct result of not drinking enough water, and can cause bad breath because of putrefying food that remains stagnant in the digestive system. Cleansing the bowels by drinking water and eating fibrous foods ensures that food moves quickly through the stomach and intestines. Sparkling water or water with a small amount of baking soda (used sparingly), will also bring relief after a bout of overeating or drinking too much alcohol, conditions that can definitely cause bad breath.
Foods high in fibre, such as fruits, vegetables and whole grains, as opposed to foods high in proteins and fats, boost digestion, and help process food faster through the digestive system. Keeping your gastrointestinal tract flushed and moving is critical in the battle against bad breath.
Identify and Make Changes
Sometimes lifestyle can bring about bad breath. Smoking, over doing alcoholic beverages, drinking mass quantities of acidic coffee, and poor diet can all cause stomach upsets and problems that can easily be rectified with few changes in behaviour. Try stopping or cutting way back on the consumption of any of the above and see if it has a favourable effect on your breath. Too much sugar, garlic and spices such as curry in your diet can affect your breath. In fact, too much of anything can alter the balance of enzymes and bacteria in your gastrointestinal tract, ultimately causing a wicked blast of halitosis. Eat more enzyme-packed fruits like kiwi, strawberries, pineapples and papaya, plus deep green, leafy vegetables. Excessive vomiting from psychological disorders like bulimia can certainly cause bad breath. Seek the treatment and help you need for this condition.
Some stomach problems can be treated, some cannot. Ulcers, diabetes, liver diseases, acid reflux disease cause long-term stomach problems that can effect a person's breath. Make sure you're getting enough vitamins C and B, as well as zinc, since deficiencies of these can also cause halitosis. Take supplements, in commonsensical amounts. Try taking a pepsin tablet (available over the counter) before meals to help counteract poor digestion and stimulate the action of hydrochloric acid in your stomach. Chewing on fennel, parsley, cardamom or filberts can temporarily and quickly sweeten your breath. Add lemon juice to your eight 227gr. glasses of water, as lemon juice can eliminate odours in your mouth and oesophagus. Make a cup of peppermint tea; peppermint tea soothes an upset stomach while freshening breath at the same time. Finding the underlying reason for the stomach problem that is causing bad breath is crucial. It's the first step to curing bad breath.