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5 Foods for Healthier Hair

5 Foods for Healthier Hair

Healthy hair doesn’t stop with the kind of shampoo you use or how often you wash your hair. It also includes your diet. Here are five foods that will help keep your hair healthy:

1. Blueberries: Blueberries are one of nature’s healthiest fruits. Dark berries in general (such as blackberries, raspberries and strawberries) are known to have lots of antioxidants, which are important for combating the free radicals in our body. In addition, blueberries have a lower glycemic index than a lot of other fruit, making them an ideal choice for people with diabetes or for those focusing on weight loss. Blueberries also have a ton of vitamin C, which is essential for healthy hair, since it feeds the tiny hair follicles in your scalp. Without adequate vitamin C, your hair can break more easily. So eat your blueberries!  (Leesa recommends www.chews4health.com/Leesa!)

2. Salmon: Wild-caught salmon (as opposed to farm-raised) is chock full of omega-3 fatty acids, which include EPA and DHA, oils that our body doesn’t create on its own and are essential to healthy hair, and a healthy body. Salmon is also an excellent source of protein, another essential nutrient for healthy hair. If you don’t like salmon, try eating walnuts or flaxseed, which are also rich in omega-3 fatty acids.

3. Oysters: Another from the sea, oysters are rich in zinc, an essential nutrient to your hair’s health. Too little zinc can lead to hair breakage or a flaky scalp. If you’re not a fan of oysters, you can boost your zinc intake with beef and eggs, which also are great sources of protein.

4. Leafy greens: Like you need another reason to eat your spinach! You know that leafy greens are important for a whole host of reasons, but now you can add a few more. They have iron, beta carotene, folate and vitamin C – all nutrients that help keep your hair full of luster and shine. You can eat spinach, kale, Swiss chard, or even broccoli to reap these valuable benefits.

5. Avocados: Many shampoos and hair treatments contain avocado as one of their main ingredients. That’s because using avocado can repair damaged hair, prevent hair loss, and even promote hair growth! But eating this fruit (yes, avocado is a fruit!) can be good for your hair, too. Avocados are rich in numerous nutrients, particularly vitamins B and E, which are important for keeping hair strong and preventing hair loss. Known as a superfood, avocados are also rich in omega-3s, antioxidants, vitamin C, K, and folate.

Another way to boost your hair’s natural luster? Being pregnant! That’s because, during pregnancy, the growth/rest cycle of your hair is slowed down, and less hair is falling out than normal. Unfortunately, after you have that baby, your gorgeous, shiny hair will start to fall out (oh, the joys of motherhood). All the more important to boost your hair’s luster with the foods mentioned above. Not only will you have healthy hair, you’ll have a healthier body too.

By Chanie Kirschner

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What You Eat Before You’re Even Pregnant Can Affect Your Baby, Says New Study

What You Eat Before You’re Even Pregnant Can Affect Your Baby, Says New Study

 

We’ve all heard how important it is to eat well during pregnancy. Growing a baby is hard and risky work, and the better a mother eats, the healthier her child will be. But have you ever thought about the importance of maternal diet right at the time of conception? A study published last week in Nature Communications shows that the state of maternal nutrition during the periconceptual period (the period of time from before conception to early pregnancy) can alter fetal DNA.
The researchers analyzed the diets of 167 women in rural Gambia, a West African nation where nutritional intake varies greatly according to the season. Half of the women conceived during the dry season, which is known as “the harvest season,” and the other half conceived during the rainy season, or “the hungry season.” According to study author Robert Waterland, “During the rainy season, villagers have a lot more farming labour to do, and they gradually run out of food collected from the previous harvest.” The researchers also analyzed the DNA of six specific genes in the infants once they were between 2 and 8 months old.
Babies conceived during the rainy season, a time of year when women in Gambia eat more leafy greens that are high in folate, showed consistently higher rates of DNA methylation, which was contrary to the researchers’ initial hypothesis. When DNA methylation occurs, gene regions are tagged by chemical compounds called methyl groups which results in the gene not being expressed, but rather ‘silenced.’ Methylation requires the presence of key nutrients such as folate, vitamins B2, B6, and B12, choline, and methionine.
DNA methylation is an example of an ‘epigenetic’ modification, which is an external modification to DNA that turns genes on and off. These modifications don’t change the DNA sequence, but determine how cells read genes. For example, the colour of a mouse’s coat is determined by its mother’s diet, which is an external environmental, and therefore epigenetic, change that affects offspring.
The study’s senior author Dr. Branwen Heddig said, “Our results represent the first demonstration in humans that a mother’s nutritional well-being at the time of conception can change how her child’s genes will be interpreted, with a lifelong impact.”
What does this mean for pregnant women? It’s more important than ever to eat well and be healthy if you’re considering getting pregnant. The researchers hope this will lead to further study and the development of an optimal diet for mothers-to-be that would prevent defects in the methylation process and the eventual possibility of disease.
Are you or someone you know preparing to start a family and want a healthy mommy and healthy baby? Contact Leesa Wheeler, Healthy Lifestyle Coach with HealthyHighway with  for your consultation today!
By Katherine Martinko
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Is Stress Contagious?

Is Stress Contagious?

 

Can you “catch” stress? A new study says yes…and it’s really stressing us out.

It turns out that stress is actually contagious, according to new research from the Max Planck Institute for Cognitive and Brain Sciences and the Technische Universität Dresden. The study found that just being around a stressed person, whether they’re a partner, friend, or stranger, can make our own bodies release the stress hormone cortisol.

For the study, subjects had to struggle with difficult mental arithmetic tasks and interviews, while subjects who acted as analysts observed and assessed their performance. Only five percent of the subjects doing the arithmetic remained calm—but surprisingly, it also really stressed out the subjects observing them. Forty percent of analysts that had a relationship with the person doing the arithmetic tasks had a stress reaction. The rate dropped to ten percent when the subject and observer were strangers.

Researchers saw the effect even when the observers weren’t in the room with the subject, but watched through a one-way mirror or on a video. “This means that even television programs depicting the suffering of other people can transmit that stress to viewers,” says Veronika Engert, one of the study’s authors. “Stress has enormous contagion potential.”

The study researchers made sure to note that it’s not occasional stress responses that are bad for us, but chronic stress. “A hormonal stress response has an evolutionary purpose, of course. When you are exposed to danger, you want your body to respond with an increase in cortisol,” explains Engert. “However, permanently elevated cortisol levels are not good.” So if you’re always around chronically stressed coworkers or family members, it may rub off. And same goes for those Grey’s Anatomy binges.

Want to reduce the stress in your life?  Contact Leesa today for your consultation!

By Diana Vilibert

Diana Vilibert is a freelance writer living in Brooklyn. You can be blog-friends with her at dianavilibert.com, or tweet her at @dianavilibert.

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Leesa A. Wheeler joins San Lorenzo International Recycled Leather Design Team

     Leesa A. Wheeler joins San Lorenzo International Recycled Leather Design Team!

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ATLANTA San Lorenzo, an international firm and leader in recycled leather products for home, office, and travel is proud to announce the addition of Leesa A. Wheeler to their design team and to introduce her new design to their product line… Pranzo, a recycled leather lunchbox!  Pranzo, which is Italian for “lunch,” is affluent, affordable, and available in an array of colors for men and women!   It’s the perfect bag for a luscious lunch, a perfect picnic, or simply snacks!

Unable to find a stylish lunchbox to compliment today’s fashion and one that was eco-friendly, Leesa followed her instinct and designed the perfect, uncompromising solution ~ Pranzo,  a recycled Italian leather lunch bag! “Living environmentally responsible doesn’t mean we have to sacrifice style.  This is where fashion and function meet green and it’s simply beautiful!” stated Leesa.

Leesa’s previous design experience includhttp://tinyurl.com/Pranzobages custom accessory designs for two Atlanta Fashion Designers, J Reynolds and Marie De George, international couturiere.  A love of fashion, along with the realization that she possessed a superb insight into fashion trends and styles of accessories, inspired Leesa into designing her own accessories.  So, she launched La Bijoux, specializing in couture, bridal, pageant, and formal wear accessory designs. Ms. Wheeler worked with pageants on local, state, national, and international levels.

After only one year of designing, Leesa became the exclusive accessory designer for J Reynolds, the Atlanta designer known for his outrageously formal and exotic creations.  La Bijoux accessories have been featured in the J Reynolds national advertisements seen in MODERN BRIDE, SEVENTEEN, SASSY, BRIDES, YOUR PROM, PAGEANTRY, ELEGANT BRIDE and “WWDWOMEN’S WEAR DAILY.  Her designs were also frequently shown in fashion shows from New York to Los Angeles to Atlanta.   Marie De George, international couturiere, also featured La Bijoux when creating that special look for her custom pageant and bridal gowns, couture, and formal wear. Together their designs have been worn by numerous state, national, and international pageant contestants and winners.

In 2005, inspired by her best friend who didn’t want to wear a traditional blue garter for her summer wedding, Leesa returned to her love of design and solved her friend’s dilemma ~ she designed a wedding anklet! Sexy, Simple, Stunning, Stylish ~ the wedding anklet adds just the touch of blue necessary for every bride!  Leesa’s love of pearls led her to dolma, a contemporary concept for the world’s most ancient gemstone!   You will discover several of her designs… Dove, Raindrop, Coco, La Luna (her anklet), and La Vina (her clustered pearl pendant)… available among your dolma choices!   La Ovala © is Leesa’s solution to an earring that stays in your ears and needs no backing!  Shop your jewelry box and create a new look! Leesa’s La Ovala © earring finding is available in sterling silver, 14kt gold, and platinum and only at Milano Fine Jewelry in Cumming, GA.

Healthy Lifestyle Coach, Author, and Artisan, Leesa A. Wheeler and San Lorenzo president, Stefano Nati share a conscious choice to make a difference in our environment.  According to Leesa Wheeler, “Customers using our Recycled Leather products have taken an important step in being environmentally responsible.  By making environmentally responsible choices in the products we use everyday, we are demonstrating stewardship of our natural resources.   Using Pranzo benefits this generation and future generations.”

About HealthyHighway.org      Do you Live Well?  Would you enjoy discovering solutions that will improve all areas of your life?  As a Health Coach with an emphasis on allergies and wellness, Leesa teaches her clients to make informed choices and enables them to make needed changes for an optimal lifestyle. What you eat, what you actually absorb from your food and supplements, what products you use ~ on your body, in your home and office, how you talk to yourself ~ it all matters!   Excellent Health is one of your most important assets!  On Healthy Highway you’ll discover a resource reservoir of healthy lifestyle solutions and eco-friendly products  and services for a healthy body, mind, and spirit ~ a healthier home and office, a healthier you and a healthier pet!   For more information, visit www.healthyhighway.org.

About San Lorenzo      At San Lorenzo, we believe it is possible to offer a superior product, combining the attributes of quality and style with an accessible price tag.  We offer a beautiful and welcome alternative “Made in Italy” which appeals to a more discriminating clientele.  So what does “Made in Italy” mean?  To us, it means style, color, tradition, and cutting edge design!  Quality and unique design are the hallmarks of our high-fashion bags, created in Italy of regenerated leather.  Recycled leather contributes to the well-being of our environment since wasted scraps are used for its production.  The coating is also a pure aqueous based finish, without the use of solvents.

  Order your Pranzo Today!

To order,  visit www.FlorentineShop.com 

or go  directly to the Pranzo page featuring Pranzo’s color Palette  to order!

Use coupon code LEESA on a $50.00+ order and receive $5.00 off your purchase!  
  
Wholesale and Private Label options are also available. 

Contact Leesa for details at 770-713-3570 or info@healthyhighway.org

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Pranzo’s Versatility

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Pranzo Dog Park/ Dog Walk Bag
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Pranzo Lunch Bag
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Pranzo Baby Boy Bag
Pranzo Trio of bags - Red, Turg, Chocolate
Pranzo Trio of Bags
 To order,  visit www.FlorentineShop.com 
or go  directly to the Pranzo page featuring Pranzo’s color Palette  to order!
Use coupon code LEESA on a $50.00+ order and receive $5.00 off your purchase!
 

Wholesale and Private Label options are also available. 

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     Melodies from Within 

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Why Buy Organic Flowers?

Why Buy Organic Flowers?

 

Many of us will be buying or sending flowers for Mother’s Day. There are very real and important reasons why organically-grown flowers are the best choice.

According to Organic Bouquet, growing flowers organically:

  • Reduces toxic chemical usage.
  • Brings life to the soil.
  • Best for the environment.
  • Safer for farmers and farm workers.
  • Promotes long-term sustainability of farmland.

One of the problems with pesticides is that they don’t stay put: They drift, getting into and contaminating water supplies, our homes, gardens, and bodies. Since many pesticides have been implicated in ozone depletion and the rising incidence of cancer, non-organic flower-growing has a serious impact on our health and the environment.

Rather than using toxic chemicals to destroy pests, organic farmers rely on prevention, and also on growing thriving, pest-resistant plants through healthier soil and environment. So organic flower-growers not only reduce the amount of toxic compounds in the biosphere, they actually improve the environment and promote the sustainability of farmland.

Many of the flowers we buy at supermarket floral departments and florists come from other countries where pesticide regulations are far more lax than they are here. Floral workers suffer the risk of exposure to chemicals that have been banned in the United States.

Support the health of our planet and ourselves by supporting the organically-grown flower industry. Here are a few links to help you find organic flowers.

To order organic flower bouquets:

Organic Bouquet

California Organic Flowers

And to find local organic growers, see Local Harvest.

 

By Cait Johnson, Assistant Producer, Care2 Healthy Living Channels

Cait Johnson, MFA, is the author of six books, including Earth, Water, Fire, and Air: Essential Ways of Connecting to Spirit, Witch in the Kitchen, Celebrating the Great Mother and Tarot Games. She has been a counselor for more than 20 years, and teaches workshops on seasonal elemental approaches to self-healing, conscious eating, and soul-nurturing creativity.

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Leesa A. Wheeler

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20 Houseplants to Clear Toxins From Your Home

20 Houseplants to Clear Toxins From Your Home

 

Bringing a bit of nature into your home does more than brighten the atmosphere. Introducing houseplants into various rooms in the house can help reduce the chance of getting seasonal sicknesses such as the common cold, remove airborne contaminants (volatile organic compounds [or VOCs]), reduce the chance of headaches, lift your mood, decrease your blood pressure, reduce allergies, improve sleep and much more.

The 20 plants listed below are specifically known for their air purifying properties.  And while an open window may feel like all the fresh air you need, did you know that everything from toilet paper to common household cleaners can contain chemicals and release toxins like formaldehyde? Or that VOCs like benzene can be released into the air by everything from the paint on your walls, to the printed material found in your home?

So why not breathe a bit easier and enjoy the beauty of a new houseplant at the same time!

(All plants listed will clear CO2 and may clear more VOCs than noted.)

 

1. Golden pothos (Scindapsus aures): Clears formaldehyde and other VOCs.

2. Ficus alii (Ficus maeleilandii alii): Good general air purifier.

3. Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum): Clears benzene, formaldehyde, carbon monoxide and xylene.

4. Lady Palm (Rhapis Excelsa): Good general air purifier.

5. Snake plant (Sansevieria trifasciata ‘Laurentii’): Clears formaldehyde.

 

6. Aloe: Clears formaldehyde and benzene.

7. Moth Orchid (Phalaenopsis): Clears formaldehyde.

8. Dwarf/Pygmy Date Palm (Phoenix roebelenii): Clears formaldehyde and xylene.

9. Chinese evergreen (Aglaonema Crispum ‘Deborah’): Clears air pollutants and toxins.

10. Chrysanthemum (Chrysantheium morifolium): Clears benzene.

 

11. Gerber daisy (Gerbera jamesonii): Clears trichloroethylene and benzene.

12. Red-edged dracaena (Dracaena marginata): Clears xylene, trichloroethylene and formaldehyde.

13. Weeping fig (Ficus benjamina): Clears formaldehyde, benzene and trichloroethylene

14. English ivy (Hedera helix): Clears airborne fecal-matter particles.

15. Azalea (Rhododendron simsii): Clears formaldehyde.

 

16. Heart leaf philodendron (Philodendron oxycardium): Clears formaldehyde and many other air pollutants.

17. Warneck dracaena (Dracaena deremensis ‘Warneckii’): Clears pollutants such as those associated with varnishes and oils.

18. Boston Fern (Nephrolepis exaltata Bostoniensis): Clears formaldehyde.

19. Bamboo palm (Chamaedorea sefritzii): Clears benzene, trichloroethylene and formaldehyde.

20. Peace lily (Spathiphyllum): Clears formaldehyde, benzene, trichloroethylene, toluene and xylene.

By Alisa Rutherford-Fortunati

Gentle World is a vegan intentional community and non-profit organization, whose core purpose is to help build a more peaceful society, by educating the public about the reasons for being vegan, the benefits of vegan living, and how to go about making such a transition. For more information about vegan food and other aspects of a vegan lifestyle, visit the Gentle World website and subscribe to our monthly newsletter.

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4 Ways To Go Out Of Your Mind And Get Happy

5 Ways To Go Out Of Your Mind And Get Happy

You know what it’s like when you get stressed, as if you’re going out of your mind: “Oh no, I’m losing it, I’m going crazy, I can’t take any more.” And how the more thoughts you have like this the more you’re caught up in the madness and get further away from being peaceful or happy.

The good news is that as long as we know we’re going nuts then we’re ok; it’s when we’re not aware that we’re off keel that it’s more serious. As Ed’s teacher once said: The difference between a yogi and a madman is the yogi knows he’s mad!

There’s no denying the importance and value of the mind—there’s great brilliance, creativity and beauty here—but also great absurdity. For no matter how intellectually astute or inspired we may be, this can have little effect upon the habitual mind and its repetitive patterns of guilt, anxiety, shame, or self-centeredness. The tragedy is when maintaining our dramas, ego-trips, or getting stressed out is seen as some sort of achievement.

So what if going out of your mind was actually the coolest thing to do? What if being out of your mind means you aren’t disturbed by your own madness and are more in touch with your feelings, your heart, even your freedom? What if it means getting away from insecurities, worries, judgments and doubts, away from everything that keeps you scattered and fearful, away from the commotions and stories that reinforce who you think you are?

As the great Zen teacher Alan Watts said, We all need to go out of our minds at least once a day. By going out of our minds we quickly come to our senses.

Meditation really helps here as it’s about calming and making friends with our chattering monkey-like mind while being aware and present in the moment. Being mindful of what we’re doing means that even if we don’t get it right it’s ok, it’s not such a big deal, for we can see that this doesn’t define us, that who we are is more than appearances.

Here are 5 ways to help you go out of your mind and in to real happiness:

1. Pay attention: By being mindful you can witness the madness of your mind without identifying with or becoming it; you see that who you are is more than just your thoughts and feelings

2. Make friends with fear: Being fearful of fear keeps it an enemy, while befriending it turns it to fearlessness

3 Turn shit into gold: Transform difficult or dark times into rich experiences that generate greater insight and wisdom

4. Meditate daily, even for 5 minutes: It really will change you from being a victim of your own mind into a victor! Then imagine you are free of all the limitations and difficulties you are dealing with, that you’re free of who you thought you were and can now rest in your own beingness. Just close your eyes and know yourself to be completely free with nothing stopping you from being or doing anything. You are happy! You are free!

By Ed and Deb Shapiro

Award-Winning Authors Ed and Deb of Be The Change, How Meditation can Transform You and the World, are mindfulness, meditation and yoga experts. Deb’s new novel is: Merging: Women in Love — what happens when you fall in love with the least likely person of the least likely gender? – and she is the author of Your Body Speaks Your Mind, now in 19 languages. They have three meditation CDs. See more at EdandDebShapiro.com

You can learn more in our book, Be The Change: How Meditation Can Transform You and the Worldforewords by the Dalai Lama and Robert Thurman, with contributors Marianne Williamson, Jane Fonda, Ram Dass, Byron Katie and others. Our 3 meditation CD’s: Metta—Loving kindness and Forgiveness; Samadhi–Breath Awareness and Insight; and Yoga Nidra–Inner Conscious Relaxation, are available at: EdandDebShapiro.com

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Live Well!

Leesa A. Wheeler

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Your Cravings: Decoded

Your Cravings: Decoded

What do you crave?  The saltiness of potato chips, the cool creaminess of ice cream, or the rich flavor of chocolate?  Whatever you’re longing for, it may be your body’s way of letting you know you’re missing valuable nutrients.  Here’s how to decode your cravings.

All CravingsMost cravings are actually misinterpretations from our bodies that we are dehydrated.  By drinking a tall glass of water first, you may be giving your body exactly what it wants and alleviate the craving altogether. By some estimations, 80 percent of people are chronically dehydrated. So, before you reach for food to nix your cravings, quench them with some water. Then wait half an hour. More often than not, they’ll be gone.

Sweets—If you crave sweets of almost any kind you may be experiencing blood sugar fluctuations. Giving in to pie, candy, cake, or other goodies only makes the problem worse by causing blood sugar roller coasters that lead to more crav­ings. Instead, choose a piece of fruit when you’re craving sweets. And, regularly choose more high-fiber foods like beans and legumes, and complex carbohydrates like whole grains keep your blood sugar stable.

Salty Foods—Cravings for salty foods like potato chips or popcorn often means chronic stress may be taking a toll on your adrenal glands—two triangular-shaped glands that sit atop the kidneys and give us energy and help us to cope with stress of all kinds. Getting on top of the stress in your life is essential. Try medita­tion, breathing exercises, or other stress management techniques. Research at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City showed that people who take a break to breathe deeply or meditate before reach­ing for salty snacks reduced their stress hormones by 25 percent and cut the binging in half.

Chocolate—Cravings for chocolate often indicate that your body may be deficient in magnesium.  Many nutritionists estimate that more than 80% of the population is lacking magnesium in their diet, which may explain why so many of us reach for chocolate. While chocolate can contain beneficial antioxidants, they usually come alongside plentiful amounts of sugar.  If you eat chocolate be sure to reach for dark chocolate which is usually lower in sugar and higher in antioxidants. Additionally, eat foods high in magnesium, such as nuts, seeds, fish, and leafy greens.

Red Meat—Not surprisingly, cravings for red meat usually indicate an iron deficiency. Often people crave burgers or steaks. Women of menstruation age are especially vulnerable to iron deficiencies. Eat more iron-rich beans and legumes, unsulphured prunes, figs, and other dried fruits.

Cheese—Cravings for cheese or pizza often indicate a fatty acid de­ficiency, which is common in most people, since few people get enough Omega 3 fatty acids. Reach for raw walnuts, wild salmon, flax oil, and add ground flaxseeds to your diet.

By Michelle Schoffro Cook

Michelle Schoffro Cook

Michelle Schoffro Cook, MSc, RNCP, ROHP, DNM, PhD is an international best-selling and 15-time book author and doctor of traditional natural medicine, whose works include: 60 Seconds to SlimWeekend Wonder DetoxHealing Recipes, The Vitality Diet, Allergy-Proof, Arthritis-Proof, Total Body DetoxThe Life Force Diet, The Ultimate pH Solution, The 4-Week Ultimate Body Detox Plan, and The Phytozyme Cure. Subscribe to her free e-magazine World’s Healthiest News at WorldsHealthiestDiet.com to receive monthly health news, tips, recipes and more. Follow her on Twitter @mschoffrocook and Facebook.

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9 Foods That Fight Bad Breath!

9 Foods That Fight Bad Breath

 

While savvy Casanovas may know to avoid garlic and raw onions before a hot date, there are other factors beyond pungent foods that contribute to a malodorous mouth. The two key things leading to breath worthy of a dog or a dragon are oral hygiene and gastrointestinal health. Brushing and flossing after every meal can address the first issue; a good diet and healthy gastrointestinal track can help with the second.

parsleyBut for the times when you can’t brush or the diet’s not up to snuff, there are some great quick fixes that are as close as the refrigerator; some actually work to clean your mouth, while others help neutralize the stomach to help quash the stench. Consider these edible remedies and breathe easier.

1. Fresh herbs
Parsley is one of the better-known bad breath fighters, but that doesn’t mean that other fresh green herbs aren’t effective as well. Cilantro, spearmint, tarragon, rosemary and other chlorophyll-rich herbs all do wonders for sticking it to the stink. You can chew on them as is, or make a rinse by steeping them in hot water and drinking like a tea. (Leesa recommends Organic Herbs!)

2. Yogurt
A daily serving of yogurt has been shown to reduce the level of odor-causing hydrogen sulfide in the mouth, as well as diminishing unhealthy bacteria; one study showed a reduction in plaque and gum disease in yogurt eaters as well. The American Dietetic Association confirms this by recommending vitamin D from yogurt, cheese and milk for fighting halitosis because it creates an unpleasant environment for bacteria growth. Just be wary of brands with an ungodly amount of refined sugar, and make sure that active cultures are listed on the label. (Leesa recommends only organic yogurt!)

3. Apples, celery and other crunchy foods
If it comes from the produce aisle and provides an audible crunch, it will probably work as an effective weapon in fighting bad breath. Think apples, carrots, celery and the like, which work to increase saliva production and help keep the mouth rinsed and scrubbed. (Leesa recommends only organic fruits and organic vegetables! )

4. Ginger
Ginger has long been used as a natural remedy for upset stomachs; in the same vein, it is often used for knocking out halitosis. To make a homemade ginger rinse, dice fresh ginger and mix with lemon and hot water. For more information, read about the surprising health benefits of ginger. (Leesa recommends organic ginger!)

5. Peppers, papayas and other vitamin C-rich foods
Bad-breath producing bacteria does not get along well with vitamin C, which is an important dietary component for preventing gum disease and gingivitis. While many people take vitamin C supplements, they can cause gastrointestinal problems that can further add to bad breath. Oranges have a good reputation for their remarkable levels of vitamin C, but other foods like bell peppers, papayas and strawberries have even more. (Leesa recommends organic fruits and organic vegetables!)

6. Green tea
While the acids and enzymes in coffee might make your mouth smell like a mix of dirty socks and an outhouse, green tea actually prevents bad breath. According to MSN.com, the flavonoids in green tea prevent bad breath and help keep harmful bacteria from sticking to teeth, among its many other health benefits. ( Leesa recommends Organic India Tulsi Green Tea!)

7. Fennel seeds
Fennel seeds have been appreciated many cultures as a digestive aid; they are similarly employed as a remedy for bad breath because they help neutralize unpleasant odors. Like crunchy foods, they encourage the production of saliva, which helps rinse bacteria way. The oil from fennel seeds also has antibacterial properties that can help fight odor-generating germs.  (Leesa recommends organic Fennel seeds!)

8. Water
Yet another reason to get your daily H2O. In general, water acts as a cleanser and encourages saliva production; swishing water helps rid the mouth of food that bacteria feasts upon. (If you must drink water from a plastic bottle, Leesa recommends CHA water!)

9. Minty things
When all else fails, mask and rinse with gum or mints. Sugarless gum can increase saliva production to gently wash away plaque and bacteria; and mints can mask as well. Just remember that sugar creates plaque, which leads to halitosis, so aim for one that is low in sugar or sugar-free.  (Leesa recommends avoiding sugar-free substitutes such as aspartame and looking for products sweetened with Xylitol.

And a word to the wise: If your oral hygiene and diet are in good shape but the halitosis remains, consider consulting a doctor or dentist since bad breath can be a sign of an underlying condition.

By Melissa Breyer

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