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Five Emergency Breath Tips for Date Night

By Ruchel Louis Coetzee
Posted On Feb 09, 2016
Five Emergency Breath Tips for Date Night

It’s date night and on a scale of 1 – 10, you are expecting nothing less than 20 as you ignore the pile of clothes on the floor and parade one last time in the outfit your mirror deemed the winner. So what if your hair took all day to be just perfect, nothing could go wrong, right? Wrong! No matter how many times you play the video of the perfect evening in your head, nothing prepares you for the moment you notice your date pulling slightly away from you at the dinner table. Could we please cue the earthquake?

Here are five emergency breath tips to help mask any bad odor caused by certain foods.

FRESH LEMON

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For a quick odor neutralizer, lemon is an effective solution, because of its ability to kill bacteria causing bad breath.  If your meal is drenched in garlic, ask your waiter for some lemon wedges to squeeze in your glass of water. Try to also pop a small lemon wedge in your mouth when your date is not looking and chew slowly while nodding sweetly as you listen to the latest venture.

APPLE

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A bite of an apple helps to stimulate your saliva secretion which in turn helps rinse out the odor generating bacteria. Think of it as a natural way to wash out your mouth which in turn helps freshen up your breath.

FENNEL SEEDS

 

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If you happen to be eating at an authentic Indian restaurant, chances are they will have fennel seeds instead of mints at the end of your meal. Fennel seeds help stimulate your saliva secretion.   If you happen to be at any other restaurant, carry a few fennel seeds in a small plastic bag in your purse for a real emergency.

PARSLEY

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It is the oils in parsley that does the trick to mask those volatile sulphur compounds caused by garlic, onion and other high acidic foods. Other herbs such as rosemary, tarragon, eucalyptus and cilantro also work for this same reason, but it is this ubiquitous garnish used in many restaurants that is the most popular and most accessible in emergencies.

YOGURT

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It’s always better to come fully prepared for any preconceived emergencies as we have yet to find ways to open up the earth in those embarrassing situations.