One of the things I miss most is chewing gum. After all, I’m Italian and I eat a lot of garlic. So it’s kind of mandatory for instantly fresh breath. I hate to break it to you but there is no such thing as paleo chewing gum. Maybe gnawing on a stick from a birch tree??
True story: When I was young, my dad told me to taste one of the trees in our yard. I’m not kidding. He shaved off the tip of a branch and handed it to me. I chewed on it. Birch is delicious. Shoulda known then that I would end up turning primal as an adult.
Sure, there are all natural chewing gum options like Glee Cliche gum sweetened with xylitol. But seriously though…xylitol? It doesn’t even sound paleo.
Regular ‘sugar free’ gum is sweetened with sorbitol. Firstly, that’s gross. Secondly, it’s actually pretty bad for your stomach lining. And entire GI tract. It’s basically a laxative so if you have Ulcerative Colitis and you’re tired of being in remission, this’ll get you right back on prednisone in no time! As if you already didn’t have frequent trip to the bathroom, sorbitol will get you there much quicker.
If you don’t want to gnaw on a tree branch like my 6-year-old self, here are some other options to fresh breath:
WATER. Believe it or not a lot of that stank can come from your stomach and digestion. Tame it with water so it can guide digestion and improve your breath.
You may be living under a rock if you don’t know mint can freshen breath. Peppermint has also been rumored to help sooth the stomach and aid in digestion. HOWEVER – CAUTION! Personally, I am highly sensitive to mint leaves. My Ulcerative Colitis does NOT like mint. I could eat one leaf and be in the bathroom in literally 15 minutes. (You’re welcome for the visual).
Talk about an Italian way to freshen breath!
- Tuna Salad Lettuce Wraps
- Paleo Pumpkin Pancakes