Fun fact: there is nothing on earth more off-putting that stinky breath - especially if you have to speak to that person at length.
And while we may not all have access to mouthwash 24/7, there are a number of natural ways that you can keep your breath fresh (and stink free)
Take note, and less us know what works for you!
1. Low carb, balanced diet.
Fatty foods break down and create ketones, a byproduct of fat that sits in your stomach and ferments; the scent of ketones then come back up through your oesophagus and can stick to your tongue. That's why it's important to add healthy carbs like broccoli, carrots, sweet potatoes, and fresh fruits into your diet, which balance out the fats and promote better breath.
2. Crunchy food for the WIN.
The hard texture of crunch goodies like apples, celery, and carrots can remove food caught between your teeth and rub away bacteria. Hard, crunchy foods act like a natural toothbrush - and happen to be DELICIOUS.
3. Eat your veggies.
Greens promote a more alkaline environment in your mouth, so the bad-breath-causing acid in your body balances out. Oh, and your body will thank you, too.
4. WATER, WATER, WATER.
H2O lubricates your mouth and gums, which keeps nasty bacteria at bay, and regulates your body. Many juices and bottled drinks contain citric acid, which contributes to bad breath, and also wears down the enamel on teeth.
5. Clean your tongue (yes, really)
Bacteria typically sticks to your taste buds, then release a waste byproduct that causes a bad smell. Try using a tongue scraper (GROSS) or make sure that you brush your tongue to remove any bacteria.
6. Ditch the coffee.
Coffee contains high amounts of acid, which can lead to bad breath. So swap out your morning latte for a green juice, which will keep your body at an alkaline level rather than an acidic level (making it function better overall).