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Bad Breath in Adults
This is a very sensitive topic. My coworker has a terrible breath and
sometimes bad body odor that makes it very hard to anyone to be close
to her. I hear people talking behind her back and even making jokes
about it. They also avoid her for this reason. I'd like to help. After
over a year of struggling about how to approach her I used all the
diplomacy I could find and mentioned with her. I asked if anyone had
ever mentioned anything to her and she told me "no." We both discussed
the possibility that she could have a stomach problem and we would
look for help. Does anyone know what can cause this kind of problem
and what the possible solutions are? How can I help her?
Some suggestions for your colleague to try for one month:
1. alfalfa tablets regularly between meals.
2. fresh squeezed lemon juice in 1/2 glass warm water first thing each morning.
3. dry-brushing the skin (toward the heart and not on the front torso)
for 5 minutes before shower
4. hydrotherapy- 1 minute very hot water, 1/2 minute very cold while exhaling,
1 minute very hot water, 1/2 minute cold, etc. for up to 7 rounds.
5. bromelain and/or papain digestive enzymes with each meal.
6. some probiotics after each meal (Lactobacillus acidophilus)
7. 1-2 tsp liquid chlorophyll in water or
juice after each meal and before bedtime.
8. limit sugar in the diet.
Other digestive enzymes are recommended if she tends toward dampness
in her gut. A full spectrum pancreatic enzyme formula can be found in
most health food stores.
I watched a TV expose all about bad breath one time. The solution, in
most cases, was cleaning the tongue regularly with a special dental
device designed for that purpose: an inexpensive plastic thing referred
to as a tongue scraper I believe. Some sort of microbial crud grows on
some people's tongues and creates exceptionally bad breath. I watched
this because my spouse sometimes has this problem. I have also noticed
that when he is away from his favorite coffee/milk combinations (we are
on vacation, for example) he is much less likely to have this problem.
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