Don't get bad breath! Stay hydrated this summer
SUMMARY: Summer means you'll be spending much more time outside, but don't let your breath suffer the consequences of not staying hydrated.
Posted: April 22, 2013
Although many parts of the country may not feel the summer heat creeping in just yet, warm weather is surely on its way. From heading to the beach to music festivals and outdoor events, it's important to stay well-hydrated for your body and for your bad breath.
Keep water on hand
Investing in a plastic or aluminum reusable water bottle is a great way to ensure you're getting enough fluid in your system throughout the day. If you're looking for a quick bad breath remedy, water may be the perfect solution. If you're suffering from dry mouth due to dehydration, consuming fluids can help wash away bacteria and food and cleanse your mouth. Many free events and music festivals have water-filling stations for people with reusable water bottles, so it's important to take advantage of water resources when they are available – especially if you're spending the afternoon drinking, which dries out your system even more.
Munch on some fruit
If you're spending your entire day outside, chances are your oral health is suffering. Make sure to grab an apple or celery to eat after your meals on-the-go, so you'll be able to rinse away bacteria and dental plaque. Most fruits and vegetables also contain a high percentage of water to help remedy dry mouth and dehydration.
Go out in the morning
During the summer, you'll benefit from rolling out of bed early to beat the sun's harshest heat. Whether you're going out for a run or heading to the zoo, you'll have a lower chance of suffering from dehydration if you head outdoors early.
Events and festivals usually take place during the day, so you may want to venture into the shade when you can to keep from sweating bullets in the sun.
Replenishing the body with nutrients, like those found in tea, can be very beneficial for the body and can help get rid of bad breath. Sure, you may not want to sip on a steaming cup of green tea, but iced tea can be very refreshing and give you a boost of energy without causing dehydration.
"Studies on caffeine have found very high doses dehydrate and everyone assumes that caffeine-containing beverages dehydrate. But even if you had a really, really strong cup of tea or coffee, which is quite hard to make, you would still have a net gain of fluid," Carrie Ruxton, researcher at Kings College London, told BBC News.