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Can Mouthwash Give You Diabetes and Increase Blood Pressure?

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  • Halitosis, or bad breath, is a bothersome and embarrassing problem that affects nearly 50 percent of Americans; it’s a symptom of a medical condition that may originate from your mouth or a non-oral source
  • Nearly 200 million use mouthwash each day to combat bad breath; recent research shows twice daily use of mouthwash is associated with an increased risk of prediabetes and diabetes
  • Indiscriminate eradication of oral bacteria reduces your body's ability to convert dietary nitrates from whole foods to nitrites that are further converted to nitric oxide in your stomach
  • Nitric oxide reduces your risk of gastric ulcers and high blood pressure, and helps prevent insulin resistance and regulate energy production
  • Replace mouthwash and toothpaste with coconut oil to improve your oral microbiome; include the Nitric Oxide Dump exercise two to three times daily to increase your blood levels of nitric oxide

By Dr. Mercola

Halitosis, or bad breath, is bothersome and embarrassing. It affects nearly 50 percent of the general population and may originate either from your mouth or a non-oral source. Mouthwash has become the treatment option many turn to in order to relieve their symptoms.


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