- Chewing a sprig of celery or parsley after meals is an excellent treatment for bad breath. Parsley and celery are rich in chlorophyll, the active ingredient in many popular breath mints.
- Other herbs that may be helpful for bad breath include star anise, cloves, and fennel (saunf).
- Drink generous amounts of water.
- Avoid spicy foods, whose odours can linger for hours. Foods like garlic, onion, some cheese, salami and tuna leaves oils in the mouth that can release odours for up to twenty-four hours, no matter how much you brush or gargle. Beer, coffee, whiskey, and wine leave residues that stick to the soft, sticky plaque on teeth and get into the digestive system. Each exhalation releases their odour back into the air.
- Avoid foods that get stuck between the teeth easily or that cause tooth decay, such as meat, stringy vegetables, and sweets, especially sticky sweets and toffees.
- Brush your teeth and tongue after every meal.
- Use a tongue scraper to help remove bacterial plaque and shed dead cells and food debris from the surface of the tongue.
- Replace your toothbrush every month, as well as after any infectious illness, to prevent bacteria build-up.
- Use dental floss and a chlorophyll mouthwash daily.
- Keep your toothbrush clean.
- Do not use commercial mouthwashes. Most contain nothing more than flavouring, dye, and alcohol. While they may kill the bacteria that cause bad breath, the bacteria soon return in greater force. Mouthwashes can also irritate the gums, tongue, and mucous membranes in the mouth.
- Have your teeth professionally cleaned every six months.
Tuesday, 27 February 2018
Halitosis (Bad Breath)
Have you ever had that awful feeling when you’re at a fancy party and the person talking to you has really bad breath? Or even worse...do you have bad breath? If yes, the read on...
Halitosis is typically caused by poor dental hygiene. However, other causes could include gum disease, tooth decay, heavy metal build-up, infection of the respiratory tract (throat, lungs, nose, and windpipe), improper diet, constipation, smoking, fever, diabetes, foreign bacteria in the mouth, indigestion, inadequate protein digestion, liver or kidney malfunction, postnasal drip, stress, and too much unfriendly bacteria in the colon.
Dieting, alcohol abuse, or fasting can cause bad breath as well. “Morning breath” results from dehydration and reduction in the amount of saliva, which is needed to wash away bacteria in the mouth.
Bad breath may be the sign of an underlying health problem. Consult your health care provider for a thorough check-up if our suggestions do not improve the condition.
Stay blessed with good health .…always !!!
Tuesday, 13 February 2018
An extremely common disease, gout is a kind of arthritis that occurs when uric acid builds up in blood and causes joint inflammation. Acute gout is a painful condition that typically affects one joint, while chronic gout is repeated episodes of pain and inflammation, which may involve more than one joint.
Gout is caused by having higher-than-normal levels of uric acid levels in your body. This may occur if:
- Your body makes too much uric acid
- Your body has a hard time getting rid of uric acid
- If too much uric acid builds up in the fluid around the joints (synovial fluid), uric acid crystals form. These crystals cause the joint to swell up and become inflamed.
People with diabetes, kidney disease, obesity, anemia, leukemia and other blood cancers are susceptible to gout.
The big toe, knee or ankle joints are most often affected. The pain starts suddenly, often during the night and it is often throbbing. The joint may appear warm and red. It is very tender...it hurts to lay even a thin cloth over it.
Gout can be prevented by:
- Drinking plenty of water to flush out uric acid.
- Eating foods rich in folic acid, like cabbage, spinach, methi, mint, coriander etc
- Eating vitamin C -rich foods grapefruit, celery, pineapple, cherries and citrus fruits
- Avoiding liver, kidney, red meat, fish, shellfish, oats, yeast, mushrooms, vinegar and alcohol
Remedies for Gout:
- Make a mix of equal parts of dried mint powder, cumin powder, flax seed powder, dried parsley, fennel and turmeric powder.Have 2 tsp of this mix after lunch and 1 tsp after dinner.
- Drink 2 liters of water infused with 15 mint leaves and 10 basil leaves.
Stay blessed with good health .…always !!!