A breath to detox?

Could your body tell you it’s time for a cleanse? 

If you don’t smoke, if you haven’t eaten garlic, onion or Roquefort, if you are not fasting, and you still have a smelly breath or a coated, heavy tongue, read attentively.

1- Halitosis or bad breath is a tangible sign of toxin build-up

a.    Odorous bacteria have a sweet tooth

Bonbons, milk chocolate, pastries contribute to bad breath in the long run. Simple sugars support the proliferation of certain bacteria in your mouth that release volatile sulfur compounds that smell bad. These bacteria, long term, form a biofilm on the tongue, teeth, and gums (including in inaccessible zones).

Your solution: Adopt the dark chocolate attitude and avoid sweets: odorous bacteria have a sweet tooth! – Or enter a detoxification program to give your oral bacteria the opportunity to regenerate.

b.    Dairy products may create havoc

Dairy intolerance or dairy sensitivity leads to poor digestion of casein or lactose, leading to sinus congestion or digestive issue. Sinus congestion dries your mouth. While not thoroughly flushed with saliva, odor-forming bacteria accumulate in your mouth cavity. At the same time, digestive problem lead to building up intestinal gas and volatile sulfur compound in the breath.

Your solution: If you suffer from sinus congestion or abdominal symptoms such as stomach ache, bloating or gas, assess any dairy intolerance or sensitivity. During detoxification, you get the opportunity to evaluate and address potential food sensitivities.

c.    Protein – Do you digest well?

A  large amount of animal-based proteins are heavy to digest and prolong digestive time. Too much, too frequent protein ingestion leads to ammonia release from partially digested food. Its typical smell goes through your urine as well as your breath.

Your solution: Limit your portions and the frequency of animal-based protein and chew thoroughly. Adopt a plant-based protein diet more often. Detoxification gives your digestive system a rest.

d. Stress, anxiety and breath connection

You may ask what your mood has to do with your breath and the need to detox? Stress and anxiety affect saliva production, a key component to flush toxins. Stress and anxiety also affect your breathing, drying your mouth. A dry mouth with less saliva is an ideal environment for Gram-negative smelly bacteria to proliferate.

Your solution: Remember to drink water regularly and to take regular deep breaths. Detoxification will balance your nervous system and increase your stress resilience.

2. Coated heavy tongue, the mirror of internal toxicity

A thin mucous membrane lines your entire digestive tract. This membrane diffuses toxic residue from colon to mouth. Therefore, a coating on your tongue is a sure sign that toxicity is internally building up and that it’s time for a cleanse and digestive repair.

Few people have a fresh breath in the morning. However, if you notice your breath is constantly foul when you wake up, or you observe a thick coating on your tongue, you know you have some cleansing work to do.

If you haven’t sorted a solution to get your breath and your tongue better from this article, I encourage you to plan a dedicated time for detoxification.

Yours in health and wellness,

Valerie

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