Freshen Your Breath Without Chewing On Gum

 The constant chewing as when we chew gum causes a chain reaction in our bodies. It seems innocent enough but here’s what really happens:

When we start to chew our brain thinks it’s going to get food so it secretes digestive enzymes through our saliva glands, which is the first stage of digestion. It then tells our digestive system to prepare for what it believes to be food coming down and more enzymes are produced. This is how our body normally breaks down fat and protein. However, since there is no food, bloating occurs. Then because of the relationship between enzymes and hormones, a hormone imbalance follows. The stomach produces hydrochloric acid and since that isn’t being used it creates digestive dysfunction which in turn causes acid reflux, ulcers, and bruxism (grinding and clinching of teeth). Headaches also are caused by these reactions. Diarrhea, stomach pain, and flatulence are also companions to gum chewing.

Excessive chewing can cause strain on the cervical vertebrae causing the thoracic and lumbar vertebrae to compensate leading to one hip or shoulder lower than the other. Mouth ulcers can occur from cinnamon additives, high and low blood pressure from liquorice flavoring, and higher blood mercury levels from dental amalgam’s. Mechanical injuries to mouth (from over use) lead to TMJ and cavities caused by the sugar ensue. Gums containing artificial flavors and other toxic chemicals cause a long list of adverse damage.

So what is a person to do? If you have halitosis (chronic bad breath), you should check into digestive problems, infections (sinus, teeth, mouth) or other causes. For occasional bad breath such as after eating a garlic or onions, or if you’d just like a fresh mouth taste:

Fresh – Breath Seed Mix

1 part anise seed

1 part fennel seed

1 part caraway seed

Combine the seeds in a bowl. Store openly in a dish or small jar. Keep a supply handy in your purse and office desk drawer. The essential oils in the seeds make these effective. Chew as you would on gum (break them down) and then swallow. No side effects ensue and you’re supporting your digestive system.

Some other herbs and spices not only taste good but also make your breath smell good: anise, cardamom, cinnamon, clove, coriander, dill, eucalyptus, fennel, ginger, parsley, peppermint, rosemary, sage, spearmint and turmeric. Experiment with your own mixture to suit your taste.


4 Responses to “Freshen Your Breath Without Chewing On Gum”
  1. Chas says:

    So gum is bad? How long does the seed mixture stay good? Good article keep them coming.

  2. Chas,

    Gum does seem to cause digestive problems. Occasional gum-chewing (right after eating and no longer then five minute) wouldn’t be harmful. However, read the labels and makes sure you aren’t chewing on toxic gum (artificial flavors, colors, other additives).
    If the seeds are left in an open container, it would be best to use them within a month. If the seeds are covered, it would be best to use them within six months.

  3. bodytalkguelph says:

    The gum chewing phenomenon makes sense to me. Of course if you are salivating and chewing your body will prepare to breakdown food.

    My dad quite gum-chewing and it relieved most of the heartburn he was having.

    A note on the clove for breathsaving. It is great and tasty and has analgesic qualities, people used to chew it to numb their sore tooth. So if you choose clove, don’t be doing any big speeches with tongue twisters.

  4. Adan says:

    i have chronic bad breath and i tried every product in the market an nothing seems to work what can i do? and i even get test for infection and came out negative. plz help if u can. thanks

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