Thursday, February 2, 2012

Kill the Dragon Breath

You can look smoking hot, but if you have bad breath, people will find any fast excuse to run away from you. Bad breath is ... one of the most socially embarrassing things to have.  But you can correct it and prevent it naturally! Dr. Mehmet Oz recommends the following:

  • Fish oil:  EPA and DHA have been shown to reduce bacteria in the mouth that cause bad breath.  So, enjoy fish three to four times a week and take an Omega 3 supplement.
  • Cinnamon:  a cinnamon gum (watch for too much sugar, though) will release the plant's natural essential oil -- cinnamic aldehyde -- which does not mask breath odor, but actually has been shown to attack and reduce the amount of bacteria in saliva by 50%.
  • Celery, carrots and apples:  their high fiber content helps produce saliva, which helps wash away plaque, which in turn causes halitosis.
  • Black Tea: This hot beverage is rich in polyphenols that also prevent plaque from building up plus inhibit bacterial growth in your mouth.
  • Magnolia Bark Extract: This botanical ingredient found in toothpastes and mints is a powerhouse for oral hygiene: its abundant antibacterial compounds (magnolol and honokiol) are so potent that the extract was shown to kill odor-causing bacteria in only a half an hour.
  • Vitamin C:  This popular antioxidant/immune-support vitamin can also help prevent gum disease and gingivitis, which are significant causes of funky breath. You can take vitamin C supplements such as fizzes, or enjoy eating oranges and grapefruits, which also make your mouth feel clean.

MedPodium Recommends:  Zapi Toothbrush Sanitizer. Zapi uses germicidal ultraviolet light to kill 99.9% of germs on your toothbrush in just minutes.  Simply insert your favorite toothbrush, press the button, and Zapi goes to work, turning off automatically. Your toothbrush is germ free and safely stored inside Zapi ready for the next time you brush.

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