A lot of people love eating garlic, either on its own or as part of a dish. Unfortunately, some people suffer from a condition called garlic breath. This isn’t simply a case of biting into garlic and having garlic-like smell coming from your mouth. Garlic breath can go much deeper than that. Garlic contains a sulfuric substance called allyl methyl sulfide. When this substance goes into your blood stream, it eventually reaches various parts of your body such as the lungs and the pores of the skin. When the sulfuric substance reaches your lungs, the air (that goes in and out of the organ) gets ‘contaminated’ by the substance. Hence, when your breath starts to smell like garlic, the source of the odor may not come from your mouth, but from your lungs. Therefore, the usual solutions you would use to get rid of bad breath such as rinsing your mouth with antiseptic mouthwash solution won’t work. So what should you do? Here are some remedies to consider in order to get rid of garlic breath.
1. Eat vegetables that contain chlorophyll
Of course the easiest solution would be to simply avoid garlic. However, garlic has great nutritional values and it also adds great taste to cooked dishes so it isn’t as easy as just avoiding it altogether. One solution you could use to reduce garlic breath is by chewing parsley. This particular vegetable contains a high level of chlorophyll, which helps you freshen up your breath naturally. Therefore, parsley or any other vegetables that are rich in chlorophyll can help you counteract the effects of garlic when the food reaches the stomach.
2. Drink milk before a meal
Another solution worth trying is to drink milk before you have a meal that contains a decent amount of garlic. This solution has been a hit-and-miss but it is worth trying since natural milk is good for your body. The reasoning behind using milk comes down to the fat content of the liquid. The substances that are in the milk supposedly help neutralize the sulfuric substances found in garlic.
3. Chew coffee beans
Another home remedy you can try is to chew roasted coffee beans or drink coffee. The roasted seeds contain anti-bacterial that may help you reduce the amount of odor-producing bacteria in your mouth.
4. Drink natural green tea
After a big meal (that had a lot of garlic), one great way to soothe your stomach is to drink a cup of warm green tea. Mint tea also works just as well. These natural tea leaves contain properties that reduce the amount of sulfuric compounds that get absorbed into the bloodstream.
In the end, the stomachs of some people handle garlic better than those of others. If you happen to be one of the unlucky few who have to deal with garlic breath on a regular basis, the home remedies above are definitely worth trying. Ideally, only eat a garlic-rich meal for dinner so you don’t have to worry as much about the reaction of people around you. This also gives your body time to secrete the entire sulfuric compound while you are safely asleep in bed.