A Little-Known Cause of Bad Breath

by
Filed Under: Digestive Health
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

A Little-Known Cause of Bad Breath

Bad breath is not just embarrassing…it can be a good predictor of digestive health.

If you’ve tried everything you can think of to alleviate your bad breath (you’ve had your teeth, gums, throat, and sinuses checked for infection; you brush and floss regularly; and you’ve tried breath fresheners like herbs, mints and cinnamon) and nothing seems to work, you may need to look a little lower for the answer to your problems.

In your colon or large intestine, bacteria breaks down undigested food and produces certain gases (hydrogen, carbon dioxide and methane to name a few). Some of the gases are absorbed into the blood and exhaled through the lungs. In fact, as much as 20 percent of the hydrogen produced in the colon is exhaled in your breath.

If your digestive system is not working properly, your breath may end up smelling pretty bad. I would first recommend using some foods or supplements that help nourish and replenish the good bacteria in the colon. Lactic acid yeast and yogurt are two things that work well. If you also have a problem with intestinal gas, add a digestive enzyme complex as well.

Now it's your turn: Do you have a surefire cure for bad breath?

You May Also Be Interested In

Related Articles & Categories
Enjoy What You've Just Read?

Get it delivered to your inbox! Signup for E-News and you'll get great content like you've just read along with other great tips and guides from Dr. Williams!

blog comments powered by Disqus