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How To Take Care Of Your Bad Breath!

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We all have it once in a while, but bad breath can be a huge inconvenience a lot of the time for some people!

Don't live in fear, though! There are ways to handle it!

Here's what a FitPerezcious reader wants to know:

"I have recently started dating again and I am becoming more aware of the fact that I have a bad breath issue! I am chewing gum, sucking on mints, brushing my teeth, but that nasty smell always seems to come back. Do you have any nutrition tips to help me out? Thank you!"

Luckily we have Margaux J. Rathbun here to field this question!

Her response:

"Stinky breath happens to the best of us. Many of us have such strong “morning breath” that it could peel the paint off the walls! Bad breath is typically caused by poor dental hygiene. However, many other factors are involved including improper diet, inadequate protein digestion, indigestion, and too much unfriendly bacteria in the colon. Avoid spicy foods, anchovies, blue cheese, garlic, onions, pastrami, salami, and tuna. These foods leave oils in the mouth that can release odor for up to twenty-four hours. Try chewing on a sprig of parsley! It has a long history of being used as a natural breath freshener. Go on a five-day raw foods diet. After the fast, eat at least fifty percent of your food raw every day. Drink plenty of good quality water by investing in a water bottle that comes with an internal filtration system, like CamelBak's Groove stainless steel bottle. Keep your toothbrush clean by storing it in grapefruit seed extract (available at most natural food stores). Rinse the brush well before each use and be sure to replace your tooth brush every month. Hope that helps!"

Wow!

We learned some new tips in there — the raw food and grapefruit extract were news to us!

Give these things a try, and if they don't work, see your dentist or doctor!

For more HOT nutrition tips, visit Margaux's website Authentic Self Wellness or follow her on Twitter @MargauxRathbun.

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