If you woke up this morning with the worst breath ever, I might have something to help. 

We all know the foods that give us BAD breath... garlic, onions,  you know.  Sadly, most of them are the ones we like best.  Or most of the stuff I end up cooking with a lot of the time. But, did you know there are actual foods you can eat that would turn things around? Yep, the internet said so!  So here's what you can do to reverse things.

1.  Black or Green Tea.

Black and green tea both contain a big word called polyphenols, which fight bad breath by preventing the growth of bacteria in your mouth.  Green tea has a higher concentration, because of how it's processed.  Also, leave out the sugar for best results.

2.  Yogurt.

Unsweetened yogurt is a great defense against bad breath, because the active yogurt cultures compete with other bacteria in your mouth.  Yogurt also gives you healthier teeth.  People who eat it regularly have less plaque and less gum disease.

3.  Water.

The bacteria that cause bad breath live best in a dry mouth.  Drinking water keeps them from growing, and helps with saliva production.  And it also flushes away food particles, which cause bad breath as they break down.  Really, shouldn't you keep hydrated anyway? You know you should.

4.  Parsley, Basil . . . and Spinach.

 Herbs like parsley and basil are also high in...the big word that I found earlier.  I could copy and paste it, but, you know what I mean.  They fight bacteria and help to break down sulfur.  Look for ways to combine parsley and basil in the same dish with garlic or onions.  Spinach works great too. Green looks nice in dishes anyway, right? Right.

5.  Apples.

Try eating an apple after a GARLIC-heavy meal.  Apples also have a lot of..  you know, that word, so they're great for breaking down sulfur compounds that cause bad breath.

Here's hoping you can face the day with fresh breath!

Breathily yours,
Behka

 

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