What NEVER to take for this embarrassing health problem

The Good Life Letter

17th January  2010

  • Why mouthwashes make your breath smell worse

  • What never to put in your mouth if you're worried 
    about bad breath

  • How not to clean your teeth

  • 4 homemade, natural mouth cleansers

  • Important PS  - I don't want you to miss this!

I remember at school we had this teacher...

His breath could strip paint. When he shouted at you, it was
your face had been forced into a giant car exhaust. If you can
imagine stepping into a poly-tunnel full of cooked cabbage...
you'll get the idea of the kind of smell.

He was a bit of a grumpy old sod, and as ruthless kids we had
no mercy on him.

Bog Breath, Death Breath, Stink of The Dump.... just some of
the things we called him.

But now I think "poor guy".
I don't know anything about his dental hygiene. He was a
teacher and may as well have been a Lizard Lord from the
planet Thargon, for all I knew or cared about him at the time.

However, what I can tell you is that this was the early 80s. And
at the time the solution to the problem was to slosh around
some mouthwash.

Turns out, that's the worst thing you can do.

If you're a user of mouthwash, or suffer bad breath, you'll be
really interested in today's letter. Read on and I'll show you why
mouthwashes don't work, why breath fresheners are bad for
you, and some natural, effective ways to solve the problem for

Why mouthwashes don't work

These days, many experts believe that mouthwash does not
get rid of bad breath.

At best, it just masks the problem for little while without curing
the root problem. At worst, it makes things worse.

Dr. Phillip Tierno is a germ expert at New York University. He
says that mouthwash works at first -- killing some of the germs.
But the alcohol in many mouthwashes dries your mouth out.

When your saliva glands become dry, they can't then wash
away bacteria. So mouthwash actually hampers your mouth's
natural defences.

Another popular solution is chewing gum - or these popular
breath freshener sweets, which are really just chewing gum
wearing a different outfit.

Some of these contain high levels of sugar. So after the initial
freshness you'll feel, the sugar causes the build up of MORE
bacteria, causing MORE bad breath.

The logical alternative, then, is to try a sugar-free version...


Now you're consuming artificial sweeteners like aspartame.
This sweetener has been linked to many health problems,
including abdominal pain, anxiety attacks, arthritis, asthma,
chronic fatigue, depression, hypertension, impotency and

Sucralose is another sweetener you'll find in mints, breath
fresheners and chewing gums. And it is also a very suspect

So my advice is to NEVER resort to chewing gum and similar
breath fresheners to solve bad breath.

Instead, try this...

The surprising truth about tooth brushing

After you eat, swill your mouth out with fresh water. This helps
clear away a good deal of the food that bacteria will thrive on.
Do this regularly throughout the day.

You'll notice significant improvement.... without using any
products whatsoever. Marvellous.

You can also brush your teeth after meals. But be aware that if
you brush your teeth too hard, you'll cause more problems.

Many people go mad on their gums and teeth, thinking it's a
good cleanse. But for people with bad breath, the advice is to
brush with a soft toothbrush for just two minutes after every
meal. When you brush you should apply pressure of no more
than 150 grams to your teeth and gums, which is similar to the
weight of an orange.

WARNING: Please don't misread this tip and replace your
toothbrush with an orange. The effect will be comical to watch,
but ineffective.

Bad breath can be a symptom of something called 'xerostomia',
or 'dry mouth'. This condition can result in thick saliva, mouth
sores and split skin.

In this case, swilling your mouth out with water regularly, and
soft brushing will help. But talk to your doctor.

And finally, good old FOOD could be the answer...

Food that freshens your breath

Quite often, bad breath is nothing to do with what's in your
mouth, but the stuff that's churning away in your stomach. So
your diet could be the key.

If you suffer from bad breath avoid low carb or high fat diets.
They can make matters worse. Try and eat a balanced daily
diet that includes some carbohydrates, protein and fat. The
more health, raw fruit and vegetables the better.

Up your intake of B vitamins. They are essential for breaking
down your food properly. Especially vitamin B1, which you can
get in whole-grain cereals, red meat, green leafy vegetables,
beans and peas, brown rice and berries.

Also make sure you get enough Vitamin B6, which is important
for the breakdown of carbohydrates, proteins and fats. Foods
with B6 include liver, brown rice, fish, whole grain cereals, and

And if you really want to clean and freshen your mouth without
drying it out... try these homemade remedies for size...

5 homemade mouth cleansers

  • Chew fresh parsley. It contains chlorophyll, which sweetens 
    your breath. And by chewing, your saliva glands are activated.
    This saliva then washes away the bacteria.

  • Take a teaspoon of whole cloves, a teaspoon of ground 
    cinnamon and 2 teaspoons of parsley.  Add them to a mug of 
    boiling water. Let it sit for 15 minutes, then gargle with it

  • Boil two teaspoons of anise seeds in water for a 3 minutes. 
    Strain it and drink, or swill round your mouth and spit it out. Up
    to you. Either way this licorice flavored potion has natural anti-
    microbial properties.

  • Take a large glass of lukewarm water. Add a teaspoon of salt.
    Gargle this in your mouth and spit it out. (Don't swallow it!)

  • Every morning and afternoon, bite into some hard, crisp fruit
    and veg like apples, cucumber, celery and raw carrot. These
    will naturally clean your teeth. The only side-effect you'll get is
    a rush of health raw nutrients!

Hope that's given you something to chew on, if you'll pardon the embarrassing Dad-pun. I could have said, "food for thought", but I'll save that for another time.

PS I didn't want to tell you about this until it was 100% ready...
but I just can't resist giving you a little preview, because this is
something that could have a huge impact on your health.

Arthritis, cancer, dementia... all of these terrible ailments could
be tackled in a really unusual way. And I'm just putting the
finishes touches on a new report that reveals all!

Seriously, this could be something you could use every day
(happily!) to ward off a whole host of illnesses and diseases in
the simplest way possible.

I'll reveal everything next week. Don't miss it!

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