Bad breath, also known as halitosis, is a common and embarrassing problem.
Those that have it are usually not aware of it and those that don’t
are usually too shy to mention it to someone else. Halitosis originating
in the mouth is caused by sulfur gases that are released when bacteria
decompose. The solution is to reduce the amount of bacteria in the mouth
through brushing, flossing and elimination of cavities. For most people
this is the solution. However, for others the problem comes from the gut.
As our bodies break down food, first in the mouth by chewing, then in
the stomach with acid, the nutrients should pass through to the intestines
to be absorbed. However, when the digestive system doesn’t work
properly, and the food doesn’t get broken down, then sulfur gases
are released from the gut that will cause bad breath. Improving the digestive
system is a complex problem that involves determining which part of the
system is not working. However, a simple solution to the problem of halitosis
originating in the gut is ingestion of parsley which helps neutralize
the sulfur gases and prevent halitosis.