Bad breath is something that absolutely nobody wants and can sometimes be a sensitive topic. But if you want to take care of bad breath, first we need to get to what is the actual cause of bad breath. Typically, it's caused from the bad bacteria buildup within your body. Now, sometimes certain foods like garlic can give you temporary bad breath, but chronic bad breath on a regular basis is caused from yeast and candida overgrowth in your body.
So the first thing we've got to address is getting rid of yeast and candida. You're going to do that by following a diet that is lower in sugar and higher in probiotic rich foods. And so, again, if you're consuming too many, not just processed sugar, but grains and white bread and white rice and even wheat products, but grains that over time, starches that break down into sugar, that's the biggest culprit and problem. Really yeast and candida feed off of sugar and grains.
So I would recommend for a temporary time going completely grain free and eliminating sugar from your diet and replacing those foods with lots of protein, fiber, healthy fats, and probiotic rich foods, and, last but not least, alkalizing foods. Some of the best probiotic rich foods you can add in are things like 24 to 29 hour fermented homemade yogurt, buying goat's milk kefir, sauerkraut, kimchi, kombucha, coconut kefir, but really loading up on the probiotic rich foods. That good bacteria is going to help overcome the yeast and candida in your body and help balance out those microbes in your body. That's going to help breath very, very quickly.
Also, again, consuming more healthy fat. Healthy fat, especially coconut oil. Coconut oil contains specific types of fatty acids called medium chain fatty acids, like lauric acid, capric acid, and caprylic acid, which are antimicrobial in nature. So doing a tablespoon or two of coconut oil a day or eating a lot of coconut products can help bad breath as well. And then, the next thing you want to do is there are certain foods and supplements you can take to help out with bad breath.
Again, the first is a probiotic supplement. The second thing you can do is use peppermint essential oil. In fact, I make my own at home toothpaste with a mixture of baking soda, coconut oil, and peppermint oil. Just a single drop of peppermint oil on your tongue or in your water can help freshen up your breath.
Then a food that can really, really help in improving your breath is parsley. Part of the reason is parsley is so alkaline in nature. So if you are making vegetable juice at home, consuming vegetable juice can actually help give you fresh breath, especially if you're using things like parsley and green leafy vegetables like kale, spinach. and chard, also doing things like cucumber and celery juice. But if you start doing a green juice daily and also consuming parsley, those are specific foods that will have a profound effect on improving your overall breath. So again, if you follow those tips, I guarantee you're going to have fresher breath.