If your breath could use a pick-me-up, try these five natural alternatives to sugared chewing gum or mints made with artificial sweeteners: 1. Herbs. And not just peppermint! Many easy-to-find herbs will fight bad breath. Parsley, coriander, spearmint, tarragon, eucalyptus, rosemary, and cardamom all promote a fresh, kissable mouth. The highest marks go to cardamom and eucalyptus for their antiseptic properties, and parsley, due to its high levels of chlorophyll, which rids the body of toxins and has a strong de-odorizing effect.
2. Probiotics. If your breath is damaging your love life, it could be due to the presence of hydrogen sulfide in your mouth. Probiotics remedy that situation, especially Lactobacillus salivarius, which is also known to help bleeding gums, tooth decay, and canker sores while also encouraging the production of vitamin B, enzymes, and lactic acid.
3. Fiber. Yup, fiber has myriad benefits, including fighting bad breath. Many breath issue originate in the gut, and fiber helps keep your digestive tract in prime working order. Crunchy fiber-rich foods such as carrots and apples encourage your mouth to produce more saliva, which battles bacteria.
4. Vitamin C. Foods high in vitamin C such as kiwi, oranges, grapefruit, asparagus, kale, and broccoli reduce mucus and toxin levels in the body, which are a major cause of funky breath. Secondly, they fight bacteria. If you’re a smoker, you’re way out of luck because smoking kills the benefits of vitamin C.
5. Water. An obvious choice! If you become dehydrated, your body attempts to conserve moisture by producing far less saliva, and saliva is what dilutes the bacteria that causes bad breath. More water, more saliva, less bacteria, more good dates!