We all suffer with halitosis to some degree but there are people out there that have really foul breath and do not even know it. A good way to test your breath is to breathe out into the palm of your hand or a hankie and sniff it. Hopefully it is not too odorous and does not make you want to heave. If you find it is odorous then you do need to change a few things in your life.

Causes of Halitosis

* diseased gums - most common cause, as the decaying roots of a tooth can cause a abscess in the gum thus releasing a foul smell caused by pus
* tooth decay - even the smallest of holes in a tooth provide a place for germs to multiply which results in a foul odor

Respiratory tract
* nose - post nasal drip
* sinuses - badly infected
* throat - chronic tonsillitis
* lungs - chronic chest infections

* chronic gastritis
* intestinal sluggishness
* chronic constipation

Natural remedies for Halitosis

1) Fenugreek - making a tea from these seeds and taking the strained tea regularly has proved most effective in reducing the bad breath odor [1 teaspoon of seeds simmered for 15 minutes on a low heat].

2) Avocado - eaten regularly this fruit removes any putrification or decomposition from the intestines [these cause a really bad odor that comes up through the stomach]

3) Guava [unripe] - rich in good nutrients [tannic, malic, oxalic, phosphoric acids, calcium, oxalate and manganese] chewing this fruit [and some of the tender leaves] can assist by curing and preventing bleeding from the gums, as healthy gums mean no bad breath

4) Parsley - make a mixture by boiling two cups of water and steeping a few coarsely chopped parsley sprigs with 2 whole cloves, stir occasionally while cooling. Use this strained mixture as a mouth wash and/or gargle a few times a day

Correcting the diet to assist with reducing halitosis

A well balanced diet is important to everyone, but in the case of a person suffering with foul breath the emphasis goes onto fruit, raw/cooked veg, seeds, grains, nuts and the juices of fruits and green veggies. These foods need to be included/increased in the persons daily dietary intake while sugars, white bread, eggs, meat and refined foods should be avoided as much as possible. Ensure that the fluid intake is as close to 2 liters a day as possible, this is to help prevent constipation from the increased fiber in the diet.

Ensure healthy hygiene habits by brushing and flossing your teeth at least twice a day, this will help prevent tooth decay and gum disease, thus keeping halitosis at bay. If the problem persists you will need to see a dentist or doctor [depending on whether its your teeth or bowels causing the problem].

Author's Bio: 

Candice is a full time author and loves to write about her interests. These include a variety of diets, be it for weight loss or for the benefit of ones health she puts pen to paper. She also loves shopping, bowling, beading, dabbles in the forex market and enjoys internet marketing. You can visit her at 22 Inch black rims to find the black rims you want.