Reduce Salt and Increase Fresh Herbs

1186668_71552385Many of us try to incorporate more vegetables and less processed foods into our diets, but it isn’t always easy. Whether you are running errands throughout the day, working or trying to make food for the entire family, it can be hard to make everything from scratch. On August 29, we hope you took a step toward a healthier life and celebrated More Herbs, Less Salt Day – if not, there’s always next year! Herbs not only add flavor and zest to otherwise bland dishes, they contain antioxidants and vitamins for a healthy body and mouth. Ever feel like your breath is less than fresh? Try to incorporate these bad breath-fighting herbs into your meals:

Known as an ancient herb with healing powers, sage is effective against halitosis because it helps to get rid of the bad breath-causing bacteria that accumulate in the mouth. Luckily, sage is super yummy as well, so you can add it to pastas, lean meats, salads or soups. Other spices with similar taste and power as sage include rosemary and thyme.

Fresh basil leaves have an incredibly pungent, delicious smell, so you can imagine the effect that a few of these leaves will have on your halitosis. Basil, like other leafy greens like parsley, contains chlorophyll that is a natural deodorizer for your bad breath. Have you ever wondered why some restaurants will garnish your plate with a parsley sprig? No, it’s not just for looks. This is to freshen your breath after a meal. Basil and parsley are also great spices for virtually any meal. Try a fresh caprese salad with your meal and chicken seasoned with parsley.

This one should be pretty obvious. Peppermint is a common choice for getting rid of bad breath because it leaves you with a minty fresh taste in your mouth without added sugar that you would find in peppermint gums and candies. How do you add peppermint into your daily diet? Sip on peppermint-infused tea, or even add a few drops of peppermint extract to your tea. If you’re in a pinch and need to freshen your breath quickly, you can simply chew on a few peppermint sprigs and you’ll knock that smelly breath out of the water.

Ginger root is one of the healthiest things you can add to a dish, and it provides a strong zest to any dish. You can also sip on a glass of ginger tea to receive the benefits of the root, including its bad breath-fighting capabilities. Because ginger is so aromatic, it cuts through bad breath in an instant, and contains antioxidants and vitamins for a healthy body.

Cinnamon is another incredibly healthy spice that can be added to many things. Whether you want to incorporate it in your desserts, add it to your coffee grounds or sprinkle it all over cereal or yogurt, cinnamon contains antioxidants that work against the bad breath-causing bacteria in the mouth. This is another spice that you can incorporate into a tea as well.

Other fresh herbs and spices to try include cloves, anise, myrrh, pine needle, eucalyptus and oregano.

Not only for More Herbs, Less Salt Day, but every day, try to incorporate these and other fresh herbs and spices into your daily intake. Since salt dries out the mouth and body, decreasing the amount of sodium and increasing herbs will automatically be beneficial for you and your family. Plus, you won’t have to worry about serving bland dishes because fresh herbs add much more flavor than salt.

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