I don’t know about you, but I have a breath problem…specifically, a morning breath problem. I’m not sure whether or not my breath stinks all the time, and certainly hope it doesn’t. But, I know for sure that it is bad in the mornings. Part of this is to blame on our cats. I know this sounds crazy, but hear me out for a minute. I have a pretty bad pet allergy, and cats are no exception. Anytime I am around them, I get stuffed up and wheezy, and my eyes itch something fierce. Unfortunately, this doesn’t seem to concern my wife too much, as she insists on having her cats sleep with her at night.
Needless to say, this doesn’t bode well for my allergy situation. I take some meds, and they help for the most part, but I still deal with some congestion. This “stuffiness” has turned me into a night time mouth breather, and as you can imagine my oral area isn’t in the best of shape coming morning. When I wake up my mouth is dry, and it smells like the bowels of hell are slowly seeping up from my insides. Sorry for the disgusting visual, but just want to paint the proper picture. Anyways, I’ve been searching for a way to combat this problem for a while now, and recently stumbled upon a natural supplement called Liquid Chlorophyll.
What is Chlorophyll?
For those of you who remember high school science, you might recall that chlorophyll is the stuff that helps make plants green, and is a key player in the photosynthesis. I’m not huge on science lessons around here – I want to keep things laid back and fun – but basically, it’s a pigment that is found in most plants, and it helps them turn the light they absorb from the sun into energy or something like that.
That’s Great, But What does This Have to do with Bad Breath?
It turns out that chlorophyll’s natural ability to help with this absorption process, also makes it a great “natural deodorizer” for humans. In fact, it’s advertised as a natural deodorant of sorts, and has a variety of available uses, according to the manufacturer. This includes helping people, like yours truly, deal with nasty odors that are coming out of their bodies. Gross. It turns out, if you take a couple of tablespoons of a liquid chlorophyll supplement at mealtime, it may fend off that morning breath some many of us deal with, but no one wants to take about.
Putting it to the Test
By the time chlorophyll came along, I was pretty much ready to try anything. As long as I am taking my allergy meds consistently, my breathing issues don’t seem to be as bad at night, so I thought that if I combined the meds with the chlorophyll, perhaps that would finally extinguish the dragon that has been living inside of me.
I ended buying a bottle made by Nature’s Way. It had pretty decent reviews online, and I’ve been seeing the Nature’s Way brand for years now, so figured they were a pretty reputable company to go with. There are a couple of things to note if you decide to try this stuff:
1. The Taste
While the bottle I bought was listed as “UNFLAVORED,” there is DEFINITELY a taste. You’ll notice it right away when you drink it. I wouldn’t say that it’s bad, necessarily, but it’s there and something you’ll have to get used to. I don’t know how to describe it, exactly, but it’s sort of an earthy or planty flavor, as you might expect given chlorophyll’s origin. That said, it doesn’t taste terrible, but I think anything more than the two recommended tablespoons might trigger my gag reflex. They liquid is thick, almost like cough syrup, so it takes some work to get it down. That, combined with the flavor, makes this an ideal thing to drink in small doses.
2. The Color
Again, this shouldn’t come as a shock, but the liquid is a dark green color. It’d be great for making St. Patty’s Day green beers, if it didn’t taste so earthy, although, there’s no way that is on the list of recommended uses. You’ll want to be careful not to get it on your clothing or furniture, as I’m sure it could stain. Luckily, I haven’t spilled it on anything yet, so I’m not sure it would come out in the wash or not.
Some of the reviews I’ve read mention that it can stain your teeth as well, so some people have suggested drinking it with a straw. Personally, I find that it’s easier to get it down the hatch by just quickly slugging back a couple of tablespoons, so I haven’t tried the straw technique.
Beyond that, this is a pretty standard supplement, and there weren’t many other surprises. The recommended dose is 2 tablespoons at a time. I have been taking mine with dinner, but it says you can take it up to twice daily, and if your bad odors aren’t going away, you can up the dosage.
I haven’t read about any major side effects related to chlorophyll. There is some mention of possible stomach issues, and potential to get a sun rash. You should take it as directed by the manufacturer, and talk with your doctor before taking it if you have a medical condition and/or are taking medication. WebMd suggests avoiding it if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding. Read their whole list of precautions here.
Did it Work?
I’m happy to report that I have noticed a pretty substantial improvement with my morning breath since starting liquid chlorophyll, and my wife has confirmed my thoughts on this. I only take two tablespoons per day, but have considered taking it in the morning and again in the evening. I’m going to continue taking it, as long as I feel like it’s working.
There are a bunch of places that you can find liquid chlorophyll online. I would recommend sticking with a reputable manufacturer and following the directions on the label closely. I bought mine at the Thrive Market, as it was by far the best deal I was able to find. Check out their store here.
Liquid Chlorophyll doesn’t taste that great, but it does seem to help with morning breathe!