Sweet breath = bet­ter health

Woman's World - - CONTENTS - — K. E. Kluznik

When you’re go­ing in for a hol­i­day hug, you want your breath to smell fresh. These all-nat­u­ral cures not only sweeten your breath, they’re packed with other ben­e­fits proven to help you live a longer, health­ier life

Start with cin­na­mon tea

On groggy morn­ings, en­joy your break­fast with a breath-fresh­en­ing, en­ergy-boost­ing cup of Cey­lon cin­na­mon tea. “A dry mouth is linked to bad breath,” says Maya Feller, M.S., R.D., C.D.N., founder of Maya Feller Nutri­tion. “Cin­na­mon tea is a sweet­smelling way to re­hy­drate, plus the spice has po­tent an­tibac­te­rial ben­e­fits.” Not only that, its plant com­pounds have been shown to re­duce blood-sugar swings by 29%, which Feller notes im­proves en­ergy through­out the day, lim­it­ing dizzi­ness, fa­tigue and lethargy.

Nib­ble on car­damom

For cen­turies, women around the world have snacked on the de­lec­ta­ble seeds af­ter a meal to freshen their breath. And re­search now sug­gests oils in car­damom might help you live longer too, by quash­ing up to 54% of harm­ful bac­te­ria lurk­ing in the mouth. “When bac­te­ria build up and cause gum dis­ease, in­flam­ma­tion spreads and causes dis­eases else­where,” ex­plains Sharona Dayan, D.D.S., DMSC, founder of Aurora Pe­ri­odon­tal Care. “An­tiox­i­dant com­pounds in car­damom play a role in calm­ing in­flam­ma­tion.” And Cleve­land Clinic sci­en­tists say that elim­i­nat­ing gum dis­ease might add six full years to your life. An­other bonus: Its scent is proven to en­hance fo­cus fast.

Up­grade H2O with mint

Mint’s abil­ity to block odor-caus­ing biofilm from form­ing along the gum­line makes it a nat­u­ral tooth­paste in­gre­di­ent, and pep­per­mint also cuts belly bloat by as much as 57%, ac­cord­ing to Cana­dian re­search. “Mint has an­tibac­te­rial, an­tivi­ral and an­ti­in­flam­ma­tory prop­er­ties,” ex­plains Feller. In­fuse fresh pep­per­mint or three pep­per­mint tea bags in a 64-oz. pitcher of wa­ter for two hours and drink daily.

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