It is an open secret that your mood or temper affects your body in a variety of ways. You may experience body aches, stress headaches, stomach pains, body odor, and also bad breath. Born from a plethora of chemical reactions taking place inside your body, the scents your body emits are a good way of communicating to others your real state of affairs; unfortunately when it comes to bad breath, they are unlikely to think stress and instead are simply repelled by the odor. Ironically, the fear of social stigmatization might even further lead you to experience stress, fear, and overall heighten the actual presence of the odors that are already strong.
When considering the implication that mood, stress level, and also temper play with respect to freshness of breath it is a useful bit of information to remember that diet plays another role in body scents and the odor of your breath. In particular the connection between food, mood and breath cannot be discounted. Since it is already determined that the chemical reactions caused by your mood influence the way your body smells, the ingestion of foods and special diets add fuel to the fire. For example, dieter on a low carbohydrate diet will be subject to much higher instances of bad breath than those who eat balanced meals.
On an interesting side note, stress, mood and carbohydrates are precariously intertwined, and failure to feed the body the necessary carbs it needs to diffuse hormonal and chemical reactions during times of stress cannot be masked with a sprig of parsley or a few mint leaves. If you are watching your calorie intake and have sworn off carbs, consider incorporating some of the healthy carbohydrates to detoxify your body and your breath. A good low calorie carbohydrate diet selection contains nuts, seeds, fruits, and fresh – not canned — vegetables.
Moving on from carbohydrate starvation to carb overload, the failure to thwart sugar-loving bacteria when you seek to assuage a bad mood with chocolate and other sweets may make you temporarily feel better, bit it also provides fodder for the bacteria and bad breath. Supplement as much as possible healthy, leafy greens that also double as internal odor neutralizers. Chlorophyll and phytonutrients are well known to aid the body in voiding toxins as well as the odor causing chemicals that build up during times of physical and emotional stress, as well as the sheer exhaustion that goes alongside.
Consider adding yoga and other mood affirming and stress relieving exercises to your daily routine. Not only does this step have the power to change your health overall, but it most certainly changes your moods and subsequently your bad breath. Now that you understand the connection that exists between stress, external influences, your mood, and also the chemical reactions going on in your body that are expressed through your breath, is it not time to make some drastic and lasting changes that do not involve the simple use of masking the problem with a breath mint?