I’m asked whether H pylori can cause bad breath almost on a daily basis.
And the answer is, “yes, it can”.
But H. pylori infection isn’t the only reason you might have bad breath.
Here’s a brief overview of “bad breath”, its causes and action steps you can take to get rid of it, should you want to.
What causes bad breath?
H. pylori infections can cause bad breath, and it’s believed there are several possible mechanisms.
H. pylori is known to REDUCE stomach acid levels in many people. When acid levels are too low, you can’t digest food – especially protein – properly.
Low stomach acid levels also prevent the proper signals to your pancreas and gallbladder, meaning they don’t release their enzymes and bile, respectively, to optimize digestion.
Undigested food can putrefy in the gut, and be converted to gases by bacteria and yeast that smell awful when breathed out (or farted out at the other end).
Long term, low stomach acid is a major problem, as it will cause severe disruption to digestion, along with chronic nutrient deficiencies that can affect any and every area of your body (energy levels, mood, sleep, etc.)
Other chronic digestive infections can cause bad breath, by similar mechanisms – i.e. affecting your ability to digest food properly, causing bloating, abdominal discomfort and gas at both ends, which often smells foul.
Oral infections and poor oral hygiene can cause bad breath.
Hundreds of species of bacteria live in your mouth, and sometimes one or more can overgrow at the expense of others.
You may like to check in a mirror to see if you have a white, yellow or green coating on the back of your tongue.
If so, you have oral yeast overgrowth (Candida) and/or your digestion and detoxification systems are not working properly.
All can be causes of bad breath.
Remember, as well as fermenting undigested food, all these bad bugs have to get rid of their own waste products, which can make your body toxic.
“Endotoxins” as they’re known, can affect energy levels, thyroid function, mood and all manner of other essential metabolic activities in your body.
A toxic body in which the liver is overloaded will try to push toxins out through the lungs (= bad breath) and the skin (= rashes like dermatitis, psoriasis, etc.)
Thus, a toxic body, or a poorly functioning liver and kidney system, are other important causes of bad breath.
How to beat bad breath once and for all
If you want a yummy, kissable mouth you’ll need to do the following:
(by the way, trying to freshen your breath with mints won’t do anything to address the root cause of the problem).
1. Change your diet away from processed, additive-laden food to whole foods in order to remove the chemical burden from your gut and help you digest food better.
2. Consider eating less heavy protein (red meat) and switching to white fish and gelatin-based meals for while to reduce stress on your digestive system.
3. Consider taking high quality digestive enzymes with meals – begin with 1-2 capsules per meal.
a. NOTE: don’t use hydrochloric acid supplements until you are 100% certain you DO NOT have H. pylori / ulcers.
4. Chew your food thoroughly to make sure you give your digestive system the best possible opportunity to do its job.
5. Don’t eat on the run – stress shuts down digestion, so give your system chance to digest food properly.
6. If you have a white or yellow coating on the back of your tongue, use a tongue scrape regularly and gargle with sodium bicarbonate 4-5 times per day (it kills the yeast on the tongue).
That stool test…
Once you’ve done the above, get a stool test as it’s the single most important test you’ll do if you want to get rid of bad breath.
You need to know if you have bad bugs, which ones they are if you do, and how well you’re digesting food.
Once you know for sure what’s going on, you can take the appropriate steps to deal with the findings of the test, optimize your digestion and eliminate your bad breath for good.
Now don’t forget, the test is done in the privacy of your own home. You just send off a sample in the packaging provided.
And if it comes back blank – you get a full refund.