Natural Cures for Bad Breath and Halitosis: Q&A

Last Modified on May 24, 2008

Halitosis Remedies Not Working

05/24/2008: Kai from Manila, Philippines: Dear Ted, hi there, i've been reading your your posts since last year. i am a halitosis sufferer. i tried hp rinse and baking soda as tooth paste. it worked for a couple of weeks but the smell returned again after that. i am quite acidic too. i tried taking baking soda + water and ACV + water taken internally. they indeed help reduced stomach acidity but not halitosis. and also i've noticed that baking soda could make me fat even without changing my diet and an additional exercise.does it normally do it? in the past few years, i used to be exposed to stress and lack of sleep. that's where i suppose that i got this halitosis. i have an excellent oral hygiene. by now i'm no longer exposed to so much stress and i could oftentimes sleep 8hrs a day. i just started taking zinc supplement because i've read in one of your post that it could help. it contains 100mg ascorbic acid too that's why it causes a little stomach acidity for a while but would disappear after an hour or so.but i think i am gaining weight with zinc too. does zinc actually cause weight gain? i also take vit. B complex to help with zinc. i am on a high fiber diet. i eat whole wheat bread mornings and evenings and i only eat rice on lunch. i eat 1 whole apple a day and whole wheat crackers for snacks. i'm still hopeful, ted. i'm willing to try anything just to get rid of this. and also, i have this post nasal drip(I think that's what it is called) or that mucous build up at the back of the troat. i've read on the net that i causes bb too. i'm chewing whole cloves to sweeten or somehow mask bb. do you think it could actually help? i also have body odor that i resolve with a deodorant stick. but later these days (since i've been chewing cloves) I've noticed that despite of working in an airconditioned room with very minimal physical activities, i could still have body odor sometimes. do you think it has something to do with cloves?.. please me with this. i want to resolve bb and bo but i dont want to gain weight too. i'm quite chubby now and i don't think i want to be fatter..thanks ted.. and more power to earth clinic

06/07/2008: Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: There is a pH in the mouth that is the major cause of chronic halitosis, and there is a pH in the urine that is the cause of common metabolic acidosis. In some instances, people with chronic halitosis I found had either alkaline urine pH and acidic mouth pH. Or they had an acidic urine pH and an acid mouth pH. Therefore most of the halitosis is due to acidic mouth pH condition, where the cause were traced to low levels of potassium and magnesium. In this cases another remedy, is needed, which I don't like because they are harder to find in some people, but here it is:

1/2 teaspoon of sodium bicarbonate, plus 1/4 teaspoon of potassium citrate taken usually three times a day in 1/2 to 1 glass of water.

A drinking water made of what I called ORMUS water, a very simple and crude one is as follows:

1/4 teaspoon of sea salt plus 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda plus 1/4 teaspoon of sodium carbonate (washing soda). I often called this by another name as salt carbicarb water remedy too. But because of the presence of monoatomic elements, which increases intercellular communication raising the immunity, it can also be called ORMUS drinking water too. The solution is kept overnight and used as a drinking water throughout the day.

The other often overlooked cases of halitosis, is to see a dentist. There may be cavities, and unhealed gums, or wisdom tooth issues that needs cleaning that a dentist can do the cleaning or plugging up of cavities with a preferred composite materials as opposed amalgam tooth fillings.

In more advanced cases, I may add more potassium citrate or potassium bicarbonate, but baking soda is always added, to maintain the critical sodium: potassium balance and check whether the mouth pH is 7 to 7.35. Quite often in halitosis, the problem is the pH of mouth is frequently below 7. And if that happens, it helps to take the baking soda and potassium citrate.

Potassium citrate or potassium bicarbonates causes the mouth pH to be alkaline, while the sodium bicarbonate can have some effects but not that much, using both can help the best as mentioned in the above to quickly alkalize the mouth pH within a matter of hours.

Finally there are certain acid forming foods and fungus rich foods that needs to be avoided. These include wheat products, peanuts, potatoes, white bread, white flour and dairy products, and all sweet foods, crackers, and replaced with rice, vegetables, fish, and chicken and ocassional lean meats.

Most weight gains comes from lack of potassium balance, low high protein foods, low amino acids and taking vitamin B complex. Vitamin B complex in general increases appetite, while zinc lowers appetite. Whey protein taken only in the morning and eating an early dinner before 4.00 p.m. wont further cause weight gain. The only instance of a clear decrease in weight is just eating salads and vegetarian foods all day. A high protein foods will increase weight, but not body fat, muscle mass is usually responsbile for most of the weight gain, not the fat. All sweet and sour foods should be reduced and 1000 mcg of chromium polynicotinate three times a day and white beans and 1 tablespoon of granulated lecithin for a month also decreases weight. However most of the decrease in weight from the lecithin comes from reduction in fatty buildup in the liver and blood vessels. Chromium lowers blood sugar which in turn leads to weight loss. For me, it is best to drink plenty of water before, during and after meals so that bulk foods is reduced and caloric consumption is decrease. It is important to eat 1/4 the speed of eating a specific food so that the brain can trigger it is full. The brain is about 30 minutes too late before the stomach knows it is full. Eating slowly will cause the brain to register it being full. So just eat 4 times longer would help reduce food. Eating certain foods can trigger satiation far quicker, such as eating fish, salmon, saba fish, and whey protein. These help trigger the brain that it full since the body uses certain amino acid to tell the brain it is full. If there is not sufficient amino acid/protein in the blood it think it is full. Obviously eating snacks, crackers and potato chips cannot trigger the brain that it is full, especially if the manufacturer manages to sneak in monosodium glutamate, disguised as another names such as hydrolyzed protein, yeast extract or some other synonyms used. Therefore to prevent MSG from damaging the brain and further cause a binge eating, a taurine supplements 500-1000 mg also help protects the brain against the MSG and help reduce some problems related to obesity. However in older people it is the DHEA  12-25 mg that is most helpful in weight loss.

06/24/2009: Ryan from Waco, TX replies: Hi Ted, thanks for all your help. I am trying to correct my PH balance, but I am confused. Doesn't bacteria shy away from acidic environments? My saliva is alkaline, but my urine is very acidic. Help me understand what is going on. Thanks. -Ryan
11/20/2009: Jed from Manila, Philippines replies: hello ther i am a halitosis sufferer too.. and just recently i tried the hp but everytime i lay on my bed ive felt the sour taste on my throat and bcoz of this i tried the other method the baking soda and salt.. and just recently the saliva on my mouth has diminished and my mouth bcame dry.. and evrytime i eat foods with sugar i feel the sour taste again pls help me with my problem...

Oil Pulling

12/23/2007: D : Will oil pulling with sesame oil help with bad breath? Thanks for your time and answer.

Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: Diana: The mouth condition that causes it to become a fertile ground "fertilizer" for bad breath comes from our bad diets that are hidden both in unhealthy in certain supposedly healthy foods that I found to my horror. It is usually used just extra virgin olive oil straight, or I can mix with sunflower oil. However, I much prefer the extra virgin olive oil, based on real use and its effect on health. Bad breath can be stopped forever, provided the blood sugar are kept within normal healthy parameters, no cavities, no problems with gum disease, the body's pH or salivary pH is in alkalinity, coming most from the potassium citrate, which alkalizes the mouth effectively.

To stop bad breath forever is to first remove the fertilizer components (acid mouth, blood sugar, gum disease, etc.) otherwise it will keep coming back. Certain dietary preferences for fatty food, frequent colds, often leads me to bad breath. Killing them is the second important component, but never a primary one, which involves the use of xylitol, zinc chloride 0.1-0.5%, hydrogen peroxide, milk of magnesia for example are some of the most powerful mouthwash there is.

There are others that are more powerful and I am currently experimenting with them because increasingly deadly viruses will be the norm in the near future with all the bioweapons that are created, mostly in the U.S. and gets "accidentally" released to the unsuspecting population (e.g. lyme disease was released from near a military bioweapons lab, or the deadly adenovirus 14 occuring in outbreaks from military personel whose source might have been from infected compulsory vaccination). I will try to update more powerful mouthwash formulation, as it becomes available, aside from budgetary constraints.

Peppermint oil kills viruses as it deactivates the virus. The problem about using certain oil pulling such as sunflower oil or sesame seed oil for example can cause someone to have a virus cold as the bacteria where viruses is mounted comes loose from the mouth and goes down the throat. While oil pulling it does kill the bacteria, viruses are killed, it is the peppermint oil that prevents their spread, as they are slowly killed by the sunflower oil. Peppermint oil is synergistic with the use of sunflower and other oil pulling. Initially I got a lot of complaints about oil pulling use (initially, I didn't post this information but the information was from another website) and when peppermint oil was added, there were no longer any more problems with such use. This information of addition of peppermint oil was first posted at earthclinic, and no other website in the world really resolved this problem in the oil pulling use.

It should be noted that toothpaste manufacturers knew for years (I once moonlight as an industrial chemist, although did worked full-time as biochemist and microbiologist) that peppermint oil is a necessary component otherwise, it might cause some rise in catching cold easily. Peppermint also deactivates some bacteria, but my experience has been mostly the virus which causes the cough when they become symbiotic with the bacteria. A viral infection can lead to higher blood sugar and killing off the viruses by adding zinc component as a mouthwash helped prevent bad breath, in ways people never imagine, besides the fact that zinc is also strongly antiviral. You can tell, the biofilms in the mouth is slippery and sticky feel, when they die off the mouth becomes almost like a sandpaper, or a cloth inside the mouth, but the stickiness disappeared completely. That's why scientist know green tea can kill bacteria in the mouth, but drinking milk promotes bad breath and stickiness of the mouth.

Xylitol is a wood sugar, it is a white powder, that is a polyol sugar, or alcohol sugar. These alcohol sugar, much like alcohol to some extent, although a lot safer in use, is that they kill off bacteria and bad breath. A Canadian bought xylitol cheap by the pound or kilogram to use as a mouthwash and to take it internally now and then. I also add a small amount of xylitol to my ultrasounic humidifier to prevent pneumonia with the new deadly viruses called it adenovirus 14), which one of my relative, got weight loss of about 10 pounds after catching it too. Xylitol for some reason or another seems to prevent the bacteria and fungus from forming on the linings of lungs too. SO there is a lot of uses for xylitol, even for arthritis and lack bone density problem.

Chewing gum companies add this as a "sugar substitute" although the amount of xylitol they use is too small to really be that effective against cavities, the polyol sugars actually kill the cavities that eats up the teeth enamel. This can easily be proven.

My friend was about to had 4 of her teeth extracted because of the deep cavities. If she had removed that, she would practically have no back teeth to grind or eat any food. The teeth extraction was needed because the cavities were causing really bad toothache that she suffered for nearly 2 years (I don't know how she can handle so much pain!). Finally it became so unbearable, that extraction was needed, but I said, her to buy a little time and just used xylitol/ zinc/ hydrogen peroxide used as a mouthwash. Put 1/4 teaspoon of xylitol in the mouth leave it for 10 minutes and swallow it. The toothpain slowly decrease, obviously along with her very bad breath, completely disappeared and NEVER came back. The pain left completely never to come back and she found she no longer had to remove four of the teeth.

Tongue Is Cracked and White

12/14/2007: Anonymous : Question for Ted re Chronic halitosis. I have tried many products - none successful. I get an on again, off again bad taste in my mouth. Burning tongue from some foods and strong rinses. I have a white coating on tongue and my tongue is fissured and cracked with little blotches. Worst part is the halitosis. I have struggled with yeast problems in the past. Help! I need the best way to clean my mouth and not injure my tongue or tooth enamel. I'm desperate.

Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: This condition I have seen cured, but some patience is needed. A baking soda solution as a mouthwash will reduce the excess acid buildup from the acid tongue. Do that often. One tend to do as much as 10 times per day because his tongue was tearing off. Of course that quick solution solved the acid tongue problem or acid tasting tongue.

Take some 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda with 1/2 glass of water three times a day on an empty stomach with a pinch of potassium bicarbonate or potassium citrate will help. Often you may need larger dose, but this can only be recommended upon a noticeable improvement of the mouth conditions.

It takes about 1-2 weeks for condition to improve. The diets of high protein I have seen to be the cause, and now I guess it is coming with a vengeance. So it will take awhile to reduce this problem.

The fungus tend to thrive in acid environments, so just taking plenty of bicarbonates, and avoiding all acid forming food especially fried foods, bread, pizza, sandwiches, pastries, sugar, white flour, will really really help. Just make sure the diet is 80% leafy green vegetables and whole fresh fruits. No canned, no prepared food and absolutely no snacks. Beans and legumes are taken on once a week or less than 10% of diets. Too much tends to cause a large buildup of oxalates, which of course causes kidney stones, especially when the body's bicarbonates are low.

It is funny that there is no current medical literature dealing acid tongue or even acid tongue remedy, while I have to face this problem quite often. Are the medical practices getting ivory tower?

10/30/2012: Vicky from Miami, Fl replies: You may have canidae. Take Probiotics (best to boost up the good bacteria), brush teeth with baking soda, rinse with hydrogen peroxide, then Listerine. Make sure you floss daily and brush your teeth after every meal. This may be hard to do but try as often as you can. I noticed my breath was worse after drinking sodas, milk, coffee, chocolate, basically anything with sugar and protein. I started drinking lots of water and adding raw onions to almost every meal, lots of veggies. I would have a fruit occassionally as a treat only. Make sure you drink your vitamins.

I would like to also recommend getting the prescribed mouthwash from your Dentist to give you a little boost to try to fight this bad breath. That's what I did and it encouraged me to the everything I mentioned above and I have 85% better smelling breath than before and it's been 6 months since I started this regime.

Is Lpr Reflux Related to Halitosis?

08/12/2007: Helen from Windsor, Canada : What an amazing site! I love all the great infomation, and tips and knowing I am not the only one with my problem. I have tried the acv remedy for my LPR and my muscus in my throat is gone, swallowing easier and no more coughing. Is my bad breath(halitosis) related somehow to my LPR? If so, what could I do for the condition.

08/20/2007: Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: Helen, Bad breath is more related to lack of alkalinity, butespecially the body's lack for potassium, which iswhat controls most of the acidity of the mouth. Forbad breath a 1/4 teaspoon baking soda plus 1/4teaspoon of potassium bicarbonate are a bit moreeffective in raising the pH. LPR just makes the badbreath much more worse, but LPR alone is also boughtabout whenever the body's acidity is high and hencebacterial fermentation leads to bad breath just thesame. Getting a salivary pH greater than 7 shouldreduce most of the bad breath, and the use of 1% H2O2 as a mouthwash should help with whatever that is leftof the bad breath when done once in the morning andonce in the evening before bedtime.

Fungus Connection?

07/26/2007: A : Hello Ted, I Have read many of your expert advice on Earth Clinic Website and I am grateful to have found someone like you that truly exist to help others in need. I have read some of your remedies and tried some of them which had made a slight improvement to my condition but I still feel that I need more specific treatment advice to help me achieve a much better result.

In the last few years I have been suffering from severe nail fungus which includes the skin as well (flaky and little reddish patches/rash) on my right foot only. I also been suffering from bad breath which has now reached a new unbearable level. I feel so embarrassed, my confidence has dropped rock bottom and it interferes with every possible aspect of my life even my love life. My partner has been wonderful and understanding so far but even that reached the limit. I feel lonely, hopeless and very depressed by these problems.

FOR THE FUNGUS - I have been trying your ACV & Hydrogen Peroxide cure for 2 months now. Every morning I soak my foot in ACV + Hydrogen Peroxide 50/50, I then rinse it and straight away soak it in Bleach + Water 1:4 for 1 min. After rinsing again I then apply Tee Tree + Vaseline 50/50 and cover it with a sock. When I return from work I wash my feet, dry it and let it air till the following morning when I treat it again. I use a disposable nail file once a week to file off the top layer of my nails. I really try not to miss any day of treatment but it did happen a few times. The situation has improved but still a LONG way to go. There are still dark patches on my nails but the smell has gone and they look better - less yellow. What can I do to see better & faster results?

FOR THE BAD BREATH - I have now (2 days ago) started taking baking soda on empty stomach once a day, straight in the morning when I wake up mixing 1/2 teaspoon with 1/2 cup of water. I also drink 1 tsp ACV in a glass of water twice throughout the day. In the evening before I go to bed, I rinse my mouth with diluting 3% hydrogen peroxide with water at 50/50. I then rinse it with water and brush my teeth as I normally do. May I just stress that I try to maintain a healthy lifestyle as much as I can. I have also visited my dentist which confirmed a very good oral hygiene. The bad breath has improved but I have this odd taste in my mouth that is a bit of a metal(?). Is it normal? how long do I need to use this remedy for?

According to what I have read on your website there is a connection between the two problems. I don't know whether I am using the right quantities for the cures. I don't know whether I need to wait until my body is properly alkalized to notice big changes in both. I feel a bit lost. I REALLY NEED YOUR HELP What can you specifically advise me to do whilst keeping healthy teeth? Your answer is my last resort as it is very hard to keep this routine when the the results has been a little noticeable. I still have hope. Looking forward to your reply and thank you in advance.

Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: For the nail fungus, you can make it a bit faster if lugol's solution (dark purple iodine tincture was also applied). Maybe discoloring, but it is penetrating to the nails. Also DMSO 80% plus 20% iodine tincture, applied to the nails will kill the fungus faster.

As to your bad breath, something more effective can be done. The metal tastes is due to excess heavy metals. Oil pulling BETWEEN brushing the teeth, then that, the last thing to do is the 1% hydrogen peroxide mouthwash.

Quite often frequent bad breath can be due zinc and magnesium deficiency, in which case zinc gluconate 50 mg is taken once a week for only 3-4 weeks, plus some magnesium citrate supplements taken for only 5 days out of a week. For about a month.

It takes two weeks at least for the body to have sufficient amounts of bicarbonate. However baking soda is not nearly as effective as a lemon and baking soda in raising the alkalinity. In which case I would try one whole freshly squeezed lime which is approximately equal to 8 teaspoon of lime juice plus 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda to 1/2 glass of water. Allow the fizz to proceed for 3-5 minutes and then I would take that twice a day, once in the morning and once before bedtime. It NECESSARY that NO fluoride toothpaste is used as it tends to worsen the condition in suppressing the body's IMMUNE SYSTEM. If excessive fluoride is the problem, then a small pinch of borax to drinking water will help remove that so that the glandular functions and immune system be restored. Most bromine, chlorine and fluorine are antagonistic against the iodine, allowing immune suppressing leading to bad breath, since you did mentioned you got good oral hygeine according to the dentist.

Quite often borax and baking soda are two important parts which are related since fungus causes nail fungus, but at the same time cause metallic taste from fungus, which leads to bad breath.

It takes a while for the bicarbonates to work however it is important to avoid calcium rich foods and supplements since they are antagonist to the remedy, especially the potatoes, fried foods and ice cream.

Lump in My Throat?

05/26/2007: Anonymous : ... I have what seems to be a lump of phlegm in my throat all the time. I have had it for years and do not know what to do about it. I do have sinuses and I suspect it is drainage that lingers in my throat it also causes my breath to smell bad. Any suggestions please?

Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: Usually its the fungus. Taking 1000 mg of sodium ascorbate a day x 3 times a day for about 2 months should reduce the sinus caused fungus. To reduce excess mucus, taking some vitamin A, 25,000 i.u. (they are tiny little things), twice a week, vitamin E twice a week, cod liver oil twice a week, should do it. To dissolve the phlegm, 500 mg of N Acetyl Cysteine, 5 days out of a week for a month. Magnesium citrate (or chloride or gluconate) should help.

Bad breath can be reduce by alkalizing and improved bowel movements at least 2 times a day. If the body is properly alkalized, usually bowel movement comes more frequently if not, then drink some 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt and 1/16 teaspoon of baking soda in one liter of drinking water throughout the day. It will increase watery stool, improve the eliminations, and thereby helping with the sinus problems.

Sodium ascorbate vitamin C is basically alkaline, so this should help. Generally low copper, low molybdenum, low zinc, low manganese, and nonexistent iodine leads to premature gray hair. Oily foods can lead to gray hair quite fast too, since it blocks the or destroys the human growth hormone in the body. It is a known fact the HGH gets destroyed in an oily solution, or oily blood when you take too much oily foods. Which is why in HGH preparations, they add surfactants. Natural surfactants we can eat, such as alkaline forming foods or baking soda, and granulated powdered lecithin, or even a small amount (100 mg) of disodium EDTA dilute in a water solution (one liter drinking water taken in small amounts, say 1/4 each time).

Recurring Halitosis

04/02/2007: A. : hello i found ur email on earth i have some questions... Im battling w/ halitosis...ive tried using hydrogen peroxide as mouth helped for a lil while..but the bb came bak...i also did oil pulling , it worked for couple of days ..but nothing else..i still do oil pullin abt 1 or 2 days in a week... im getting frustrated....what else can i do..thanks

Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: Take baking soda 1/2 teaspoon twice a day to alkalize the body. 50 mg of zinc acetate taken twice a week, should raise the body's ability to fight against bacteria.

Check with the dentist to find cavities in the teeth. These are the real cause.

Use zinc chloride mouthwash, the preferred concentration is 1% mixed that with magnesium chloride, 5% if at all possible. Those are the most powerful mouthwash against halitosis.

Which Regimen Is Best?

12/18/2006: L : I'm a little overwhelmed with all the different regimens. I would like to use the baking soda, ACV, lemon, honey, supplements etc. but are not sure what's best. Can I drink the baking soda with just the water and no ACV or should I add that as well? Any help on a regimen to treat halitosis, dry up mild a.m. post nasal drip, keeping regular, ridding self of yeast and getting the body alkalinized would be greatly appreciated.

Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: The best is ACV plus baking soda and lemon plus baking soda. And yes hydrogen peroxide and baking soda to use as a toothpaste will help your halitosis. I had the same problems and always doing this also. Recently I have been experimenting with a pinch of borax plus baking soda and hydrogen peroxide too. They seem to work the best. Zinc chloride 1% mouthwash helps, but if you can't find zinc chloride to mix yourself, some mouthwash such as Lavoris do have some zinc chloride. Still the chief cause of halitosis, fungus, interstitial cystitis is still the pH acid in your body. And avoiding bread, white flour, pastries, sugar is your best bet. Used xylitol and stevia as a sugar substitute especially xylitol can also help halitosis too. It works better than fluoride, which are often used in rat poison and prison behavioral control, and population control during the Hitler regime. Therefore avoid fluoride products and replace them with xylitol and take some molybdenum supplements - they control the pH.

Can I drink the baking soda with just the water and no ACV or should I add that as well?

Works quite well also. The dose is 1/4 teaspoon baking soda with 1/2 glass of water twice a day on empty stomach. Ideally the dose is more like three times a day with a halitosis problems.

Any help on a regimen to treat halitosis, dry up mild a.m. post nasal drip, keeping regular, ridding self of yeast and getting the body alkalined

One of the best kept secrets is that yeast and fungus are easily destroyed whenever your body is alkaline enough. It takes about a week to build up sufficient bicarbonate reserves.

Peroxide and Then What?

11/30/2006: Matt from Spring Hill, FL: i have been using hydrogen peroxide for the last 3 days and it was eliminating my bad breath in the morning but then i could still see some bacteria on my tongue about a hour after. Do u think i should try using baking soda? Also, it feels like i can't get the taste of the hydrogen peroxide out of my mouth. i really need to get rid of this, i go to school and i can't even talk to anybody. i always try to cover my mouth when i talk, somebody please give me some suggestions thank u.

Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: Dear Matt: Hydrogen peroxide is more ideal in killing virus and bacteria, but a long term bad breath represents your body's chemistry is more supportive of bad breath. Often I have used zinc chloride 1% to 5% mouthwash, with some magnesium chloride. Obviously, you won't find it! So a nearest substitute is lavoris mouthwash, which contains a small amount of zinc chloride, less than 1%.

Taking baking soda on empty stomach, such as 1/4 teaspoon maybe three times day would really help by raising the the body's alkalinity. Thus, reducing the bad breath.

Taking zinc supplements will help, but only zinc acetate, zinc chloride, or zinc citrate at 25 mg/day. Of course, getting those are not easy either, so just eat plenty of pumpkin seeds like a handful a day twice a day, preferably unsalted, as it has more zinc content. Taking some sunflower seeds, preferably unsalted is high on magnesium and is helpful too.

Most of the bad breath should noticeably be reduced within a week, depending on how much pumpkin seeds and baking soda you take. In this case hydrogen peroxide at lower concentration can be used and the smell should not return as quickly either. You need to resolve some constipation it reduces bad breath fairly quickly, if you have it.

I found from experience that quite often, bad breath is initiated by sleeping late hours and lack of sleep. It causes your body to have low levels of bicarbonates initiating a bad breath reaction. So if you sleep more, your bad breath will noticeably be reduced. Drink plenty of water, and perhaps some sea salt added at 1/4 teaspoon to one glass to drink internally, one dose on empty stomach 1 hour or more after eating or 1 or more hours before meals also were quite helpful.

05/19/2012: Lakshmi replies: Hi Ted! this is Lakshmi from India. you suggested "taking zinc supplements will help, but only zinc acetate, zinc chloride, or zinc citrate at 25 mg/day.". I am unable to get these zinc combinations in India. I've been able to get hold of Capsules of Vitamins B-Complex & C with Zinc Sulphate. This is exactly what is mentioned on the capsule strip. Each capsule contains Zinc Sulfate Monohydrate USP 41.4 mg which equals to 15 mg of elemental Zinc (as mentioned on the strip). I'm concerned about the Zinc "Sulphate" here. Is it ok to take "sulphate" instead of "acetate", "chloride" or "citrate". Plz advice. Many thanks. Lakshmi

Sinus-related Bad Breath

11/22/2006: Peter from Auckland: Hi, I have has sinus-related bad breath for years. There seems to be no way to fix the sinus problem but i am more worried about the breath anyway. It seems clear from the research that it is from nasty bacteria in the mouth that feed off the mucous. I have tried everything but nothing is works. Hydrogen Peroxide seemed effective for a couple of days but now it appears the bacteria have somehow made a come back. Anyone have any ideas?

Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: Peter: Halitosis is a condition when your body is acid and the bacteria grows causing halitosis. So if you take 1/2 teaspoon in the morning of baking soda and 1/2 glass of water twice a day, the acidity would reduce and there will be less bacterial colonies residing. The critical issue is to take 25 mg of zinc acetate/or zinc citrate or zinc gluconate supplements twice a day and consider using a mouthwash that have zinc chloride, such as Lavoris. I make my own mouthwash, using 1% zinc chloride and added some peppermint and thyme oil. Preparing a potassium bicarbonate or sodium bicarbonate with some sea salt mouthwash should also help reduce bacterial colonies. Cavities and halitosis maybe related and I think taken molybdenum supplements will help, in the form of sodium molybdate. If you do have trouble seeing in the dark a bit and have bad breath, molybdenum does protect the body from these two dissimilar conditions.

Consider doing oil pulling with 1 drop of peppermint oil this will remove some heavy metals from the body but in a very few cases, it seems to remove the amalgam tooth filings too. For some reason amalgam tooth fillings with heavy metals seems to promote fungus growth and this might lead to halitosis.

Most of all is to avoid eating acid forming food, such as coffee, tea, white bread, and white flour, pastries and all sweet foods. Just eating dark green vegetables and whole fruits works the best.

Where to Start?


Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: I might take sometimes 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda to 1/2 glass of water twice a day, use a baking soda and 1% hydrogen peroxide as a mouthwash. I would use Lavoris mouthwash which contains zinc chloride as a mouthwash.

However I prefer to make my own zinc chloride mouthwash. I would take plenty of zinc acetate, 25 mg/day for at least 5 days out of week. Most important of all is to take plenty of sleep, about 8 hours a day. The body's bicarbonate will be restored and bad breath goes away. The cause of halitosis is simple: bad diets and bad habits. Bad diets is eating prepared foods, sugar, coke, cigarettes, beer, sweets, bread, white flour which all should be avoided. Most people who do have bad breath I found don't like to eat pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds.

Taking those will reduce it. Also brushing teeth before sleeping and the morning hours and after meals help. Often a cavities exists in the teeth which spoils the entire teeth. Get a filling of the teeth but use only ceramics not amalgam, which will make the situation worse. Taking vitamin C in form of sodium ascorbate will block sugar's action, usually if I need to take it it is often 500 mg to 1000 mg., but not taken every day. Sometimes borax mouthwash is quite helpful if the teeth has a fungus infection. Also I would like to use fluoride toothpaste, but I would use xylitol toothpaste, or make my own toothpaste with zinc chloride and xylitol in a baking soda paste. Xylitol protects against cavities better than fluoride, but also I found taking regular supplements of molybdenum in form of sodium molybdate does a good job protecting against cavities.

If all those don't work, then just drink water with sea salt 1/4 teaspoon per liter of water as a drinking water. The sea salt are alkaline forming too and adding a drop clove oil in one liter of water will help if it is well shaken so that the clove oil is mixed with water.

Flossing will often help get food particles out, but I am sure most people know this anyway. Foods with vegetables and whole fruits of 70% of diet will often eliminate most acid forming food and resolve the bad breath, but it oily food is one thing I would watch out just as seriously since it disturbs the body's normal hormonal control which may relate to the body's immune system, thus causing bad breath too.

Did I forget anything? Just tell me.

12/29/2010: Dee from Palm Beach, Florida, Usa replies: IM IN THE SAME SPOT AS YOU BRO DID YU GET ANY HELP WHAT DID YOU DO

Baking Soda and Lime for How Long?

A : Hello Ted and thank you for your response. Your recommendation has so far changed my life and I am very grateful. I have been using for my bad breath as advised baking soda + lime for a week now and the change is wonderful - thank you! I wanted to use the oil pulling remedy but I am not sure about the instructions and whether I can use it with the baking soda + lime remedy. Also, how long do I need to use each remedy? I also need more accurate instructions for treating my bad nail fungus as I am a little confused. Do I need to use the Iodine remedy as well as the ACV + Hydrogen Peroxide that I have been using so far? What is the best thing to use, How do I use it, at what quantity, When do I use it? Looking forward to your advice, MANY MANY THANKS

Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: I can use it with the baking soda + lime remedy. Also, how long do I need to use each remedy?

They should always be taken, but often it is 5 days out a week. I have been taking them myself on an off for maybe 30 years, but not much of a stickler on scheduling.

The body is always in a constant state of acidosis, primarily the most tasty foods are usually the most acid forming. Avoiding all the acid forming foods are not generally practical and you need a good big list of handbooks to tell you what and what not to eat. However a short version is just no white bread, no white sugar, no white salt, no cheese, ice cream, fried foods, and vegetable oils to fry foods (baked and boiled foods are o.k.).

I also need more accurate instructions for treating >my bad nail fungus as I am a little confused. Do I >need to use the Iodine remedy as well as the ACV + >Hydrogen Peroxide that I have been using so far?

Iodine is only optional, if the remedy posted is not working as well since fungus can get deep. Sometimes iodine added 50/50 DMSO solution is used to increase penetrating ability to go through the hard nails.

Iodine can be painted on the nail after the peroxide treatment. NO ACV is to be used. ONLY white distilled vinegar sold at your supermarket. ACV neutralizes hydrogen peroxide.

What is the best thing to use, How do I use it, at what quantity, When do I use it?

Iodine (commonly called povidone iodine or Lugol's solution is o.k.) sold in drug store is painted (with a brush or cotton balls) on the nail maybe twice a day, after the application of white DISTILLED VINEGAR 50/50 in a 3% hydrogen peroxide solution. When adding 50/50, the solution becomes about 1.5% concentration. You may add a some borax until it no longer dissolves itself into the solution to increase antifungal strength. Put a toe and soak in a small cup long enough but not too long that it stings to the toe, then rinse. Followed that by iodine painting. Then the other protocol such as clorox bleach cleansing are optional. Tea tree oil can also be applied thereafter.

It should be noted that colorless iodine is generally easier to use since it doesn't cause staining. The problem about colorless iodine, which is made of sodium iodide and/or potassium iodide, is generally not sold in most drug store. As a result I had to make my own by buying them from a chemical supplier.

Fungus are generally difficult to kill with the possibility of a weak ammonia solutions or ammonium salts (ammonium bicarbonate), which are either difficult to handle or hard to obtain for most people.

I am still working on that problem, provided of course I or my friend is lucky enough to get a toe nail fungus for me to tests newer more effective remedy!

Questions About Bad Breath

D : Thanks a million for this great info. A few more questions if you don't mind. You said virgin olive oil and sunflower oil both or either one? Whats the peppermint oil for? Can bad breath be stop for ever or you' can only stop the fertilizer that fuels it? The remedies mention of baking soda, lemons and water, is for you to drink or just wash your mouth with it? Whats xylitol, is it a drink or a pill? Sorry for all the questions, thanks in advance for your help. Thank you.

Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: Dear Diana:

I prefer virgin olive oil being a preferred one, followed by sunflower oil. Of course, if sunflower oil is used, or other oils, I may add the peppermint oil. The oil pulling kills the bacteria and removes the metals that fuels their growth. But this won't stop them from causing bad breath again as they will grow back within hours. The problem about some sesame seed oil is they use a steel drum to extract the oil, which might be high in metals. But if they are cold press, than sesame seed oil are generally fine to reducing some bacteria in the mouth.

While it is true that oil pulling will kill the bacteria, but it won't stop the bacteria from long term growth if you don't remove the fertilizer that fuels the bad breath. Most of those bad breath comes from the pH of the saliva.

People with bad breath have a salivary pH that is acid, which means its pH is below 7, but it gets especially bad if the pH is below 6. Cavities tend to grow in low pH, which is acid and tends to dissolve the teeth enamels. Sugar generally are the worse offender, but even worse are taffy, toffee, and acid sugared drinks (fruit juice and colas) that cause the mouth to be very acid, making it a fertile ground for bacterial growth leading to bad breath.

I have noticed that people with bad breath, had a similar odor to a rotting water in my backyard. The pH of the rotting water was about 5-6 pH, while the person with a very bad breath had similar pH too.

On the other hand a water doesn't smell bad, seemingly in nature, such as the Ocean's water as it's pH averages about a pH of 8 (with global warming it is now about 7.8 - which is bad news), that along with high salinity in most of the oceans keep the nature's ocean generally almost odor free. In case if you want to know what is causing that awful smell it is the trace hydrogen sulfide from the hydrogen sulfide producing bacteria found in the mouth. Even in parts per billion is even detectable as a very bad sewer gas, but at parts per million it can easily kill you. Sulfide producing bacteria tends to grow best whenever the saliva is acid. In fact, our planet earth has had several Mass Extinction event more so than the much publicized mass extinction by meteors. When global warming occurs the Ocean's water become acid, and hydrogen sulfide produces enough gases to cause about 4 of the prehistoric extinction events, while by meteors it is only once. Therefore to prevent excessive bacteria form forming, baking soda and potassium bicarbonate are a preferred cure for acid saliva. But this may not be the only story. Apparently lactic acidosis or metabolic acidosis which causes bad breath from certain foods that I found were in aspartame found in sugar substitute to break down into methanol, which in turn causes metabolic acidosis. The remedy for metabolic acidosis, I have found were after taking thiamine B1 about 300-500 mg for almost a week, plus once a week unsweetened chocolate, 100% cocoa (high flavonoids) causes lowering of sugar reducing the metabolic acidosis, plus twice weekly (or three times a week) vitamin B50 or B100 (the B vitamins that are 50 mg each for most, or the B100 where more of them were 100 mg each, with possible exception of folic acid and B12).

Hence the bad breath remedy for me can be done several ways, the most effective is to raise the salivary pH, which helps a lot if I can measure my saliva, so I can at least know how much more baking soda for example, that I needed!

This is the remedy I used:

1. The common remedy is 1/4 teaspoon of citric acid plus 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda in 1/2 glass of water, taken twice a day. Or 2 tablespoon of lime juice, or lemon juice freshly squeezed, with 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda in 1/2 glass of water. It takes a couple of days to raise the saliva pH. The best remedy to raise the salivary pH actually the potassium, however, the remedy requires potassium bicarbonate or potassium citrate, and works as follows:

1/4 teaspoon of baking soda 1/4 teaspoon of potassium bicarbonate plus 1/4 teaspoon of citric acid in 1/2 glass of water taken twice a day.

or 2 tablespoon lemon juice plus 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda plus 1/4 teaspoon of potassium citrate in 1/2 glass of water taken twice a day.

2. If I take thiamine B1, it will likely be about 300-500 mg of thiamine taken at 5 day out of a week plus three times a week B50 vitamin B complex.

3. A hydrogen peroxide 1% is used as a mouthwash done 1-3 times AFTER brushing of teeth.

4. The toothpaste I used is a sludge made of 0.5% zinc chloride plus baking soda and sea salt. It's pH should be about 8-9, generally the higher the better, but 9 pH is what I aim for. I used the milk of magnesia (without aluminum!!!) to modify the toothpaste sludge to be more alkaline or achieve a higher pH.

5. Xylitol seems to kill bacteria quite quickly and this might be used or mixed into to the toothpaste, or if no possible, I take it AFTER eating to kill the bacteria.

6. If I used oil pulling I used just to kill the bacteria, but it is done AFTER the brushing of the teeth, then do oil pulling followed by another brushing of teeth to remove the oil. It seems that the oil pulling is effective in removing certain metals in the mouth from the saliva. It seems to kill effectively the bacteria that causes black teeth and dissolved them, which you may noticed them as a black streaks.

Finally bacteria tends to grow faster if the body's zinc and magnesium is low. This can be noticed with getting colds too easily and the severity of colds is worse tha most other people. Muscle pains is frequently from low magnesium, based on my experience and hence, some zinc gluconate, 50 mg such as once every week, before paring down to once every 2 or 3 weeks may be needed to raise the low zinc. The magnesium might help with 250 mg- 500 mg of magnesium citrate a day, but only 5 days out of a week.

Can Brown Sugar Be Used?

D : One more question, I'm sorry. Can brown sugar be use?

Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: Brown sugar won't help bad breath, it just worsens them.
02/27/2010: Joyce from Mandaluyong City, Laguna, Philippines replies: brown sugar wont help...BUT WHERE CAN I BUY THE PRODUCTS TO CURE MY HALITOSIS?? and where can i buy HP? thanks



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