Academy Award-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence’s garlic and tuna breath was the topic of much discussion recently on Jimmy Fallon’s The Tonight Show, where co-star Liam Hemsworth told Fallon that Lawrence made it a point to eat something disgusting before an intimate scene.
Kissing Lawrence may have been unpleasant for her Hunger Games co-star, but the actress clarifies, “I was never like, ‘Hey Liam, I just ate tuna and garlic on purpose!’ I just would happen to eat something. I didn’t change the way I was eating for the kissing, which is different than eating something on purpose.”
If you can’t resist a tuna sandwich or egg salad either, here are seven tips to save you from embarrassment.
1) Spices: Cloves, cardamom, dill, anise and fennel are some spices and herbs to bite on after a meal for refreshing breath as they have anti-bacterial properties. One quick fix is to bite on one or two cloves; the clove oil induces saliva that cleanses the palate and fights bacteria.
2) Parsley: Chew on a sprig of parsley after a meal as it is a natural mouth freshener containing chlorophyll (an anti-bacterial property) that fights germs.
3) Yogurt: If you have an upset stomach, it will translate to bad breath. Yogurt, which contains good bacteria, treats your stomach to reverse smelly breath.
4) Celery: Munch on a celery stalk at the end of every meal as it produces saliva to keep your mouth moist, cleanses your tongue and mouth, and works as dental floss since it is high in fiber. This vegetable also removes sticky bacteria from the mouth and stomach.
5) Drink Water: To keep your mouth moist, drink eight to 10 glasses of water every day as a dry mouth causes bad breath.
6) Floss: This habit ensures no food particles are logged between the teeth, which cause bad breath. Use a tongue scrape after every meal to eliminate bacteria growing on the tongue, which also produce gas.
7) Brush Your Teeth: According to the American Dental Association, brush your teeth twice a day, preferably after lunch and dinner to maintain oral hygiene.
Get fresh breath with these simple fixes at your home or office.