Bad Breath And Candida
Nobody wants to have bad breath. In some cases, simply brushing your teeth can solve the problem and get rid of bad breath. However, your bad breath could be a symptom of an underlying infection. If this is the case, it will require much more than just keeping your teeth clean to get rid of bad breath (though this is important too).
Halitosis, or bad breath, can have several underlying causes. If you have frequent bad breath, despite your oral hygiene, it could be the result of a Candida infection.
Candida is a type of yeast, which is a single-celled fungus. There are many species of Candida, but the most common is Candida albicans. This yeast lives in and on your body in small amounts and usually causes no issues.
Certain conditions, however, can create opportunities for Candida to grow beyond healthy levels and lead to an infection known as Candidiasis, or “Candida overgrowth.” When Candida grow beyond healthy levels, they disrupt the balance of beneficial bacteria in the body and can spread to areas of the body where they can interfere with normal body functions.
A Candida infection can occur anywhere in the body, but the most common site of a Candida infection is inside the gut microbiome. Beneficial bacteria in our gut help to keep Candida at normal levels. When something in our diet or lifestyle kills off these beneficial bacteria in our gut, it can result in Candida overgrowth.
Candida can then spread from the gut to anywhere in the body. One common place that Candida infections occur is in the mouth. This condition is known as “Oral Candidiasis” or “oral thrush.” Oral thrush can be local to just the mouth, but most commonly, it is a condition that stems from a deeper Candida infection inside the gut.
Oral thrush causes symptoms such as:
• White or yellow lesions inside the mouth (on inner cheeks, tongue, roof of mouth, gums, tonsils)
• Burning sensation in the mouth
• Difficulty swallowing
• Bad breath
Additionally, it is possible to notice no obvious even if you have oral thrush.
One of the primary symptoms of oral thrush is bad breath, and so, a Candida infection could be the cause of your bad breath—especially if it is recurring and doesn’t seem to go away for long even with good dental hygiene.
If oral thrush is causing your bad breath, you will continue to have bad breath until you get rid of the Candida infection.
Getting rid of Candida can be difficult, but thankfully there are some helpful resources out there that make it much easier. To get rid of Candida, you need to follow a 3-step process of:
• Starving the Candida with a Candida Cleanse Diet
• Eliminating Candida with an antifungal Candida Cleanse Tonic
• Rebuilding the health of the gut microbiome
Candida yeasts feed on sugar, and so, you need to follow a Candida diet that removes sugar (and other foods that could possibly worsen the infection) if you want to get rid of the infection and restore your health. It is also important to take antifungal herbs that can target and eliminate Candida overgrowth, and to restore your gut microbiome to prevent further infections.
Zuma Nutrition has an excellent Candida Detox Diet guide that tells you everything you need to know to get rid of Candida. Once you get rid of the Candida infection, you can also eliminate the symptoms caused by this infection—including bad breath.