The human body is capable of some seriously impressive things. It has ways of keeping us cool when we’re too hot, mechanisms to help us see when it’s too dark, and a built-in immune system to help us recover when we get sick.
Unfortunately, it also does some pretty gross things. We’ve got wax and mucus and lord knows what else lurking about in our orifices – not to mention all the bacteria that’s lingering on our skin and inside our bodies. For the most part, though, these disgusting things are there to serve a purpose, and are just part of being human.
One of the less enjoyable parts of the human body is its propensity to produce unsavory breath – and here are nine things that may be causing it.
1. Eating a low carb diet
As healthy as it may sound, sticking to a diet which is low in carbohydrates might just lead to some unwanted side effects. More specifically, replacing carbs with fat (a recommendation under the keto or Atkins diet) can cause unpleasant mouth odors.
“If your body is running primarily on fat for energy – instead of carbs – this is when the problem occurs,” explains Dr. Harold Katz, a dentist and bacteriologist. “For some people, this is a sign of success because they are expecting to have symptoms of halitosis when trying to lose weight, but this can actually put a lot of stress on your kidneys because there is an excess of ketones.”
2. Having sinus infection
It’s getting to that time of year when everybody starts to get ill – and one of the symptoms of this might be smelly breath. If you have a sinus infection, mucus from your nose can end up going down your throat and settling on the back of your tongue (gross).
According to Dr. Katz, this is “where anaerobic or ‘bad breath’ bacteria live.” When the mucus settles there, it “coats the bacteria and ‘feeds’ it with amino acids, cysteine and methionine (protein building blocks) leading to the rapid onset of halitosis.”
3. Being overweight
Carrying a bit of extra weight on your frame can cause a whole host of problems from joint pain to heart problems to potentially fatal conditions. Unfortunately, it causes unsavory breath, too – and it’s not hard to guess why.”Overweight people may be grazing on food over extended periods of time,” says Dr. Katz. “The longer teeth are exposed to sugars and other carbohydrates, the more susceptible they become to developing oral issues that can lead to bad breath.”
4. Using birth control
So this might seem like a weird one but, considering the number of people worldwide who use birth control, it could be a major cause of bad breath across the planet.
“Oral contraceptives designed to increase estrogen and/or progesterone levels in the body to prevent pregnancy may lead to dry mouth or post-nasal drip, increasing the chances of developing bad breath,” says Dr. Katz.
5. Chewing gum
This is probably the most surprising item on the list, as chewing gum is almost always marketed as a product to make your breath less stinky. Of course, the occasional stick of spearmint goodness won’t do you any harm, but having too much of the stuff could lead to some undesirable results.
Dr. Katz says: “Sucking mints or chewing gum does serve as a good occasional short-term fix, but if they contain sugar then they may only eventually worsen the situation. Leaving sugar in the mouth for extended periods of time can lead to an accumulation of sticky plaque on the teeth.”
6. Not eating enough
We’ve already learned that eating too much of the wrong foods or not eating enough of the right foods can cause halitosis – but simply avoiding food altogether will also have a detrimental effect on the state of your mouth.”Whatever your reason for fasting, without regular meals or fluids, the mouth slows its production of saliva,” says Dr. Katz. “Without this bacteria-fighting moisture in the mouth, your tongue and palate can start breeding billions of extra bacteria leading to the onset of bad breath.”
7. Having dry mouth
This might sound like stating the obvious, but it’s not. Dry mouth is the name of a condition which causes a person to have a lack of saliva. This, in turn, allows for a build-up of bacteria: the stuff that causes your stinky mouth.
“There are many reasons dry mouth becomes a problem,” Dr. Katz explains. “Sometimes it’s due to age, but it can also be caused by prescription medications, antihistamines, adult beverages, tobacco, coffee, having to do a lot of talking, alcohol-based mouthwash, diet and many other factors.”
8. Being diabetic
This is linked to the above point, as people who have problems producing insulin are also likely to develop dry mouth.
“Individuals suffering from type 1 and type 2 diabetes are at risk of developing dry mouth (xerostomia),” Dr Katz confirms. “Abnormal insulin production and/or absorption rates, which occur in diabetes, can cause the salivary glands to not release adequate amounts of saliva and lead to occurrences of dry mouth and bad breath.”
9. Being dehydrated
Yes, it had to make the list at some point. Not keeping your body hydrated is probably the most common cause of nasty breath, but is also the easiest to avoid.
“Individuals who get dehydrated generally do not drink much water, but this can help reduce the risk of bad breath because it rinses the mouth of food particles between brushings,” says Dr. Katz. “These food particles often linger between teeth and along the gum-line and can be the source of unpleasant aromas.”There you have it, then. If you find yourself suffering from some particularly gross mouth odors, these might offer some insight into what’s going on.
Zimbawe’s doctor goes missing after masterminding strike
Fearless Zimbabwe’s minister of health has called on the government to address insecurity lapses that has lead to the disappearance Peter Magombeyi, the head of a doctor’s union, who disappeared on Saturday.
Fears are rising over the fate of Zimbabwe medical doctor Dr Peter Magombeyi after he sent a message to say he had been abducted in that country by unknown persons – apparently for demanding a “living wage”.
An AFP report earlier on Sunday quoted the Zimbabwe Hospital Doctor’s Association (ZHDA) as saying Magombeyi had not been heard from since he sent a WhatsApp message on Saturday night saying he had been “kidnapped by three men”.
Zimbabwe doctors, who earn a miserly equivalent of about R3 000 are on strike to press for better wages, equipment and medicines in state hospitals.
The ZHDA has reportedly accused state security forces of abducting the doctor because of his role in organising work stoppages.
This week some doctors said the death of deposed Robert Mugabe, 95, in a Singapore hospital on 6 September was an indication of how bad health services in Zimbabwe
“Dr Magombeyi’s crime is only to ask for a living wage for his profession. This is a reflection of the troubles born out of refusal to implement Political Reforms.”
The Zimbabwe government led by Emmerson Mnangagwa has not publicly commented on the doctor’s disappearance
Turkey: Group calls for immediate action against Femicide
Emine Dirican, a beautician from Istanbul, tried to be a good wife. But her husband hated that she worked, that she socialized, even that she wanted to leave the house sometimes without him.
She tried to reason with him. He lashed out.
“One time, he tied me — my hands, my legs from the back, like you do to animals,” recalls Dirican, shuddering. “He beat me with a belt and said, ‘You’re going to listen to me, you’re going to obey whatever I say to you.’ “
She left him and moved in with her parents. In January, he showed up, full of remorse and insisting he had changed. She let him in.
In her mother’s kitchen, he grabbed her by the hair, threw her to the floor and pulled out a gun.
“He shot me,” she says. “Then he went back to my mom and he pulled the trigger again, but the gun was stuck. So he hit her head with the back of the gun.”
Her father, who was in another room in the house, heard the gunshots and ran over. Dirican almost bled to death after a bullet ripped through a main artery in one of her legs.
“I was telling my father, ‘Daddy, please, I don’t want to die.’ “
Femicide — killing women because of their gender — is a longstanding issue in Turkey. Nearly 300 women have been killed so far this year, according to the Istanbul-based advocacy group We Will Stop Femicide, which has been tracking gender-related deaths since Turkish authorities stopped doing so in 2009.
Source Npr news
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