Bad breath can hold you back in many ways – it can isolate you and make for some awkward situations– but it can also be a sign that something is wrong on the inside. The worst thing about this nemesis of social grace is that the one that has it is often the last one to know.

So it’s important to arm yourself with information – do you know what are the two biggest causes of bad breath?

The first Culprit is lack of sufficient detoxification – or allowing residue from previous meals ample time to mature in the digestive facility.

The second is often due to bacterial imbalance – having too many beneficial or harmful bacteria can cause for a smelly situation.

The best way to be sure that you – or the innocent people around you – are not the victim of bad breath, try the following 6 tips to keep your breath minty fresh and free of bacterial imbalance.

1. Probiotics

The first way to positively affect the balance of bacterial life that naturally exists in your body is to be sure you are getting a healthy dose of probiotics. Probiotics are natural sources of live bacteria that we get from certain foods we eat and can be a boost to the smooth and clean running of a healthy digestive system.

In addition to getting probiotics from healthy foods –like grass fed yogurt and other fermented food products– probiotic supplements exist to provide extra dosage for optimal balance.

2. Peppermint Essential Oil

Go figure! Peppermint is the natural equivalent of hanging an air freshener in a car – add a drop or two in a glass of water to kill bacteria and clean the digestive tract.

Or try this all-natural Fluoride-free toothpaste: mix probiotic coconut oil, peppermint oil and baking soda into a pasty goop that makes an excellent oral cleaning agent.

3. Baking Soda

Baking soda is highly alkaline and can also work to fight bacteria in the body. Take a pinch of baking soda in a cup of water between meals to take advantage of its balancing properties.

4. Green Juices

Green juices are another way to beat back bad breath and keep the body clean – not fruit juices, mind you, which can have the reverse effect.

Green juices made from parsley, cilantro and kale as well as cucumbers and celery are high in chlorophyll are excellent detoxifier which can also balance sugar levels in the body.

5. Parsley

The natural bad- breath buster so strong it can neutralize even the strongest residual odors left by garlic and vinegar. Parsley is even eaten between meal courses in classy dining spots to clean the palate and better taste the intricacies of the next dish.

Parsley can be enjoyed in a variety of way as well – make a juice, make salad or even just eat a sprig or two after a meal –there’s no wrong way to get your chlorophyll.

6. H2O – And lots of It

There is no better way to keep you body clean and its natural waste management facilities working at full capacity than by keeping everything flooded with water. You can even add some lemon juice or a few drops of peppermint oil to the water you drink to add some extra kick.

Final Thought

Following these tips that will positively affect the way you smell will make your presence a welcome addition to the crowd. Enhance their effects by minimizing the amount of sugar you eat and increasing your consumption of raw vegetables. The bottom line is, the way your breath smells is very dependent on the things you put in your body.