Bad Breath: Fight It With Food!


There are many causes of bad breath – and it’s no surprise that certain foods can keep your mouth fresh.  Bad breath is something we can take steps to prevent, by cleaning our mouths and being careful of the foods we eat but basically, a combination of diet and dental hygiene is the best defense against bad breath.

Again, you may want to take a look at your diet.

Here’s a compiled a list of the best foods that will help you fight away halitosis.

1. Strawberries

Strawberries, like many other fruits, are high in water content, and will put off dry mouth. They’re also very high in vitamin C, and will create an environment hostile to those bacteria and germs that cause halitosis. In addition to that, the fast healing process of Vitamin C will boost our immune system, too.

2. Parsley and Basil

Parsley and basil help kick garlic breath (and worse breaths). Combine garlic and either basil or parsley in the same dish, such as making a pesto dish or salads, so the the polyphenols (compounds that act like antioxidants) in these two herbs will pwoerfully break down the sulfur compounds in bad breath.

3. Ginger

Ginger is an ancient remedy for upset stomachs and morning sicknesses, which can lead to halitosis. While it’s great for settling the stomach, ginger also has the powerful effect of neutralizing bad breath.  There’s almost nothing a ginger can’t do when it comes it to health!

4. Tea

Suffering from bad breath… Try a cup of tea. Studies suggest that drinking unsweetened black or green tea may help ward off bad breath. Both types of tea contain antioxidants called polyphenols (also found in parsley and basil as mentioned above) that can help destroy the growth of bacteria that cause bad breath.

5. Lemon

Chew a piece of lemon for a mouth- freshening burst of flavor. The citric acid will stimulate the salivary glands—and fight bad breath. Or you can squeeze lemon juice into a glass of water, using it as a mouth wash.


Incorporating nutritious foods into your diet will help eliminate bacteria in your mouth as well as flush out the toxins from your body, but along with a practice of good oral hygiene, you are bound to get the quickest results.

In rare cases, bad breath can be attributed to stomach disorders, so it’s best to talk to your doctor if the problem persists after making some of these diet changes.


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