Halitosis (Bad Breath)

Halitosis, commonly known as bad breath, is caused by many factors, usually unrelated to the mouth. Although periodontal disease and dental caries can produce odour causing bacteria, regular cleansing of the teeth, gums and tongue can usually overcome this problem. More commonly, halitosis indicates a serious underlying problem involving chemical and metabolic changes within the body. The ‘acetone breath’ of diabetic acidosis, the premenstrual halitosis found in many women and the chronic bad breath afflicting millions with gastrointestinal problems and chronic constipation, are all examples of this type of problem. Masking the odour of bad breath with mouthwash is the equivalent of using an air freshener to solve the problem of a backed-up sewer.

Recommended Action

It is most important to avoid constipation, keeping the bowels regular and rebuilding them with the proper herbs. Exercise and a low mucus diet are also helpful. Concentrated alfalfa tablets, liquid chlorophyll or chlorella tablets taken daily will sweeten the stomach and intestinal tract. Drinking plenty of distilled water daily is often the only solution necessary for some people. Short-term symptomatic relief can be obtained through the use of cloves, parsley and watercress rather than a commercial mouthwash. After a meal heavy with a food such as garlic, one can suck on cloves to have sweet-smelling breath. Also see the Candida Program as candida yeast infection can cause this problem.

Single Herbs: Cloves, Parsley, Watercress (breath fresheners); Alfalfa, Chlorella, odour reduced Garlic.

Combinations: Stomach Tonic, Green Drinks.

Synergistic Vitamins and Mineral: Vitamin B6 (50 mg), Vitamin C (500 mg, twice daily), Zinc (15-30 mg daily), Di-Gest, Pro-biotics.