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Email your ques­tions for Dr Libby to ask.dr­libby@fair­fax­me­dia.co.nz. Please note, only a se­lec­tion of ques­tions can be an­swered.

gum and breath mints (to avoid sweet­en­ers)? I eat heaps of veges all day but I only have the op­por­tu­nity to brush my teeth in the morn­ing and evening. I’d like to keep my breath fresh dur­ing the day too. Thanks, Bianca.

Hi Bianca. Pep­per­mint tea is a great al­ter­na­tive. It’s re­fresh­ing for the breath but is also won­der­fully sooth­ing for the di­ges­tive sys­tem. A drop of or­ganic food grade pep­per­mint oil is also an al­ter­na­tive to the afore­men­tioned prod­ucts.

Us­ing herbs such as pars­ley, co­rian­der and basil in your meals can also be cleans­ing for the palate – as can adding lemon juice to wa­ter.

I ap­pre­ci­ate you’re not nec­es­sar­ily say­ing you suf­fer from bad breath, but causes of bad breath from a nu­tri­tional per­spec­tive can in­clude di­ges­tive is­sues such as low stom­ach acid, mal­ab­sorp­tion, Ir­ri­ta­ble Bowel Syn­drome (IBS), un­con­trolled type-2 di­a­betes or dry mouth (saliva has an an­timi­cro­bial ef­fect.)

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