What Causes Bad Breath

Bad breath can be a real downer. In fact at this very moment, as I'm typing this blog article, I can feel my breath getting a little pasty. I can almost taste that sort of sulfur like gas in my mouth. Bottom line, I know at the moment things are not at their best as far as my breath is concerned.

This all leads me into my next thought. Why? I brushed my teeth before going to bed. I woke up, brushed my teeth again before getting ready. I go to regular dentist appointments for cleaning every 6 months. I floss daily and often brush 3+ times per day. Why then would I have a bad breath issue?

Well it turns out that there are other causes of bad breath in addition to bacteria and oral hygiene. Some of these things are within our realm of control, while others are not.

One of the biggest causes of bad breath comes from the foods we eat. Foods can contain high amounts of sulfide compounds, and depending on your diet, this can have an adverse effect on how your breath smells.

Coffee, smoking and alcohol consumption also can affect bad breath. I don't smoke, but I definitely enjoy a nice latte or a glass of Merlot. Turns out these things can dry out the mouth and reduce saliva production. Saliva acts as a natural mouth wash and helps to remove bacteria and bad breath particles. Lack of saliva can cause bad breath to be more prevalent.

Medication and disease can also cause funky smelling breath. I actually have a slight sinus infection at the moment with a sniffle. Mucus contains proteins that bacteria love to feed on. They break down these proteins and release sulfide compounds as a by product. Also, some medications have a side effect of causing dry mouth. Similar to drinking coffee and alcohol, a dry mouth isn't ideal for a good smelling breath.

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Do Hairy Feet Stink More

This might seem like an odd subject to talk about, but I was recently asked if a person has more hair on their feet, are they more likely to have foot odor. I didn't know how to answer that question, but it got me interested in finding out the answer.

It turns out that the more hair you have can be tied both directly and indirectly to body odor. For starters, hair provides additional real estate on which bacteria can live on. Sounds a bit strange, but when you think about it objectively it makes sense. Stinky feet, like stinky armpits are in part caused when bacteria metabolize proteins in sweat and produce odor compounds that we associate with odor. The more bacteria that is present means more odor compounds that are produced. The presence of hair allows more room for more bacteria to reside.

In addition, one of the functions of hair is to keep the body warm. Back in our caveman days this was very useful, however as we moved into more modern times, we developed other means of keeping warm. The majority of us wear shoes and socks. This protects our feet and makes them look good, however it also can make them hot! Hairy feet compound this issue and can cause feet to sweat more than normal. Agian, bacteria feed on sweat and thus, more sweat means more food for them.

These are two reasons that sweat and hair can be linked to food odor. I'm sure there are others, but these are the two primary causes in relation to hairy feet. Also, yes if you shave your feet, you'll most likely have a reduction in foot odor. I know someone out there is wondering that out loud.

Foods You Didn't Know That Make You Smell Bad

Food can be one of the greatest joys in life. A delicious meal can rank pretty high up on the list of things to look forward to on a daily basis. It's not only physically enjoyable, but can elevate feelings of happiness, confidence and pleasure. At times though, what we eat can also affect the way we smell; yes food can influence body odor and breath odor.

That itself isn't a new concept. Anyone who has eaten garlic will know the consequences. However, there are other, less conspicuous foods that can also affect our bodyily aroma. Foods that you would never think can play any role in the smells you give off on a dialy basis. Here are some foods that you should be aware of.

Meat (Steak, hamburger, ribs)

That hunking slab of juicy, dripping flesh charred to perfection contains high amounts of sulfide compounds and choline. These compounds get absorbed into the body as food is digested. In the case of sulfides, they are absorbed into the body and secreted through the skin, sweat and breath. Choline reacts to the body in a different manner. The body processes choline into a number of different things for the body to use. One of those is called trimethylamine. This stinky little culprit tends to have a fishy odor. The body naturally breaks it down, however in large quantities, excess amounts are released through the skin and sweat as well.


Legumes or beans affect odor in more ways than just giving you gas. They also contain high amounts of sulfide compounds as well as methane.

Cruciferous Vegetables (Cabbage, Cauliflower, Broccoli)

Highly nutritious and an important part of the everyday diet, these good greens pack quite a health quick. They can also pack quite a stink when it comes to odor. Once again, sulfide compounds come into play. Cruciferious vegetables are full of them and a reason for body annd bad breath causes.


Asparagus contains the compound mercaptan. These smelly sulfide compound is what makes urine have such a pungent odor after eating asparagus. It can also get into the blood and be released through the mouth, skin and sweat.

Egg Yolk

Another great food that contains large amounts of sulfide compounds. Starting to notice a trend here? In fact, many protein rich foods are notorious for causing malodor. This is evident in low carb dieters who tend to increase protein consumption in place of carbohydrates and vegetables.

What is the Best Natural Deodorant

In recent times, there has been a much greater emphasis placed on health and being more proactive when it comes to health awareness. One of those areas has been in the deodorant market. There has been much made of late of potential health effects from prolonged use of deodorants that contain aluminum, parabens, silica and other artificial chemicals. A direct correlation is not fully understood, but what is known is that the need for a more natural deodorant has increased over the last few years.

One alternative that has come to the forefront has been chlorophyllin based products designed to specifically target odor. Chlorophyllin works by absorbing odor compounds that cause malodor in the body before they are released through the skin and mouth. It attacks odor directly at the source and neutralizes it before they can offend the nose.

Chlorophyll is naturally produced by green plants. Very little is required to make it useable for humans and no artificial ingredients are needed or added to make it an effective deodorant.

It's use for fighting odor is not a new concept. In fact, it's been used for many decades as a way to control odors from open wounds and fecal odor from colonoscopy patients in hospitals. This led to chorophyllin being commercialized for the masses, but received little reception at the time. The reason for this is that studies concluded that about 200mg of chlorophyllin are needed to effectively reduce odor. Products at the time fell far below those standards.

However, as dietary supplements became more readily available, so too was chlorophyllin in this capacity. Currently, there are a number of chlorophyllin supplements. Of them, the most popular is Body Mint which comes in 100mg tablets.

Topic : Health
Genre : Blog

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