Can you smell that? The horror of bad hygiene

The Good Life Letter 

Friday 27th June 2014

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How do you tell someone that their breath is melting your face?

There must be people out there who think that everyone else has problems with watery eyes – because that’s what happens
when they talk to them.

The whole topic of raising personal hygiene is fraught with angst.

There just isn’t an easy way to tell someone that their breath or body really hums is there?

In the delight of a few warmer days of late chances are you’ve sat next to someone on the bus who seems a stranger to soap.

But can you really tap them on the shoulder and say “sorry to tell you but your armpits are putting me off my cheese and pickle sandwich”; not with any chance of escaping with your life.

Of course the big worry is...
...what if it’s you that is making folk back away with clothes pegs on their noses?

How do you ensure that you remain fragrant and approachable?

For our bodies there is no substitute for a daily wash and a dab of chemical free deodorant.

But what about bad breath?

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Before getting down to a few handy tips about keeping your mouth pong-free it is worth mentioning that bad breath can be a sign of underlying problems.

Particularly liver, mouth and gut pathologies, so if you have any concerns please get to see your GP as soon as possible.

Fortunately though, most issues are caused by bacteria which live in the mouth proliferating and giving off noxious odours.

Naturally then the first place to look is how to control these pesky blighters.

Commercial breath fresheners tend to use alcohol to help rid the mouth of unwanted creatures, but this is not necessarily a good thing.

In fact if you are beginning to crave your seven a.m. fix of mouthwash I suggest you have a problem!

More importantly alcohol dries out the mouth, and a dry mouth is one that is at risk.

Our saliva is naturally anti-bacterial, so restricting its production is a bad thing.

Certain foods will do this too such as tomatoes and coffee; whereas cucumber, celery, carrots and apples increase saliva production and will help to clean your teeth – chew well.

Of course, those of us with a penchant for curries and Asian sauces will know that onions, garlic and spices can leave the breath slightly rich!

But they are not necessarily causing bacteria to build up, and often aid digestion and gut balance, so keep eating them but brush your teeth well afterwards – and a top tip is to eat a handful of parsley or mint leaves. Alternatively a mix of fennel and cardamom seeds can be chewed which further enhances digestion as well as clearing your breath.

Lastly, have a look at the side effects of some of your medications.

Chances are dry mouth will be listed – about 75% of prescribed medications make mention of it including antihistamines for allergies.

Giving your teeth a good scrub morning and night, and especially after big meals will always yield benefits, and I’m pleased to see that our sales of Fennel & Propolis Toothpaste are continuing to rise. 

I’m proud to think our readers have the freshest breath around!

Don’t worry – I’m on it!

Talking about the great and good out there in Good Life Letter Land (sounds like the sort of theme park I would go to!)...

Since I raised the issue about Alzheimer's last week you have been writing in droves with messages of support and advice for the whole family.

So many of you have e-mailed that I just haven’t been able to get round to you all.

For those that I have missed out I apologise, but please be assured I have read all that you have said and passed your kind wishes on.

Others of you have also written in about the state of care for those with dementia.

This is a much more depressing subject.

I have been reading with horror about your experiences and doing a huge amount of fact finding for myself and I can’t tell you how angry it makes me.

Rather than just rail against the injustice and biased care programme though, I have decided to act.

Even as I write this to you I am actively engaged in a plan to help ALL of us fight back.

In a few weeks I hope to offer you some really practical advice to head off some of the horrors of the care system.
Watch this space.

I’ll be back on Sunday with something a little more light hearted though – I need to calm down after all.

Today I raised the topic of good foods for fresh breath...

...well on Sunday I want to highlight just how easy it is to eat for health – all year round.
Until then.

Yours, as always


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