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Brushing Your Teeth Can Actually Make You Less Bloated

Brushing Your Teeth Can Actually Make You Less Bloated

As if you needed another reason to keep your mouth clean

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Cleaning out the bacteria keeps them from getting into your stomach.

A piece of Orbit gum isn’t enough to clean up your dirty mouth — and if you don’t clean your teeth well enough, the billions of bacteria you’re allowing to grow can end up in your gut. And trust us, your gut does not want that bacteria.

According to a recent study, the unwelcome bacteria could cause inflammation and, as a result, painful and unwelcome consequences for your digestion.

So not wanting to spend two minutes in the bathroom brushing your teeth before bed could cost you way more time on the toilet later — or, the most dreaded indigestion symptom of them all: bloating.

Researchers recently noticed that oral bacteria were more prevalent in the poop of patients with bowel diseases such as Crohn’s or colitis. Theorizing that there was a connection between poor oral hygiene and digestive issues, they tested their hypothesis on a group of mice.

They found that saliva from patients with Crohn’s disease caused worse gut inflammation than saliva from a healthy person’s mouth. The same was true for saliva from patients with colitis.

Patients with digestive disorders already deal with stomach inflammation — which the researchers theorize provides an inviting home for oral bacteria to thrive in the gut. With approximately 10 to 15 percent of people currently suffering from a digestive disorder in the United States alone, this revelation could prove promising for those wondering how to mitigate their painful symptoms.

Researchers admit that further investigation is needed before the findings can be generalized to patients who don’t already experience inflammation of the gut — but many Americans experience minute episodes of inflammation from food intolerances, food additives, and other causes.

So the best way to use this information to help your body is to keep your mouth clean, just in case some inflammatory food makes its way onto your plate.


  • 7 days of choosing to be mindful about what you eat
  • Mindfully avoiding all forms of sugar/artificial sweeteners in anything you eat
  • Focusing on fueling your body with nutritious, delicious foods
  • Learning whats in your food so you can make informed choices
  • Curbing your sugar addiction (if you have one!)

Here’s what this challenge is NOT:

  • a detox (your organs do that every day so you’re good on that front!)
  • a guarantee to lose 100 lbs and inches off your body (major eye roll, that doesn’t happen in 7 days)
  • an expectation that you will never eat sugar again (that would be ridiculous.. sometimes you need a little dessert!)

The purpose of this challenge is to get you to realize what’s in your food. More than ever there are additives, and loads of salt/sugars being added to our food to make the foods hyper palatable. My hope is that in going through this exercise for the week you’ll be more mindful about what’s in your food!


  • 7 days of choosing to be mindful about what you eat
  • Mindfully avoiding all forms of sugar/artificial sweeteners in anything you eat
  • Focusing on fueling your body with nutritious, delicious foods
  • Learning whats in your food so you can make informed choices
  • Curbing your sugar addiction (if you have one!)

Here’s what this challenge is NOT:

  • a detox (your organs do that every day so you’re good on that front!)
  • a guarantee to lose 100 lbs and inches off your body (major eye roll, that doesn’t happen in 7 days)
  • an expectation that you will never eat sugar again (that would be ridiculous.. sometimes you need a little dessert!)

The purpose of this challenge is to get you to realize what’s in your food. More than ever there are additives, and loads of salt/sugars being added to our food to make the foods hyper palatable. My hope is that in going through this exercise for the week you’ll be more mindful about what’s in your food!


  • 7 days of choosing to be mindful about what you eat
  • Mindfully avoiding all forms of sugar/artificial sweeteners in anything you eat
  • Focusing on fueling your body with nutritious, delicious foods
  • Learning whats in your food so you can make informed choices
  • Curbing your sugar addiction (if you have one!)

Here’s what this challenge is NOT:

  • a detox (your organs do that every day so you’re good on that front!)
  • a guarantee to lose 100 lbs and inches off your body (major eye roll, that doesn’t happen in 7 days)
  • an expectation that you will never eat sugar again (that would be ridiculous.. sometimes you need a little dessert!)

The purpose of this challenge is to get you to realize what’s in your food. More than ever there are additives, and loads of salt/sugars being added to our food to make the foods hyper palatable. My hope is that in going through this exercise for the week you’ll be more mindful about what’s in your food!


  • 7 days of choosing to be mindful about what you eat
  • Mindfully avoiding all forms of sugar/artificial sweeteners in anything you eat
  • Focusing on fueling your body with nutritious, delicious foods
  • Learning whats in your food so you can make informed choices
  • Curbing your sugar addiction (if you have one!)

Here’s what this challenge is NOT:

  • a detox (your organs do that every day so you’re good on that front!)
  • a guarantee to lose 100 lbs and inches off your body (major eye roll, that doesn’t happen in 7 days)
  • an expectation that you will never eat sugar again (that would be ridiculous.. sometimes you need a little dessert!)

The purpose of this challenge is to get you to realize what’s in your food. More than ever there are additives, and loads of salt/sugars being added to our food to make the foods hyper palatable. My hope is that in going through this exercise for the week you’ll be more mindful about what’s in your food!


  • 7 days of choosing to be mindful about what you eat
  • Mindfully avoiding all forms of sugar/artificial sweeteners in anything you eat
  • Focusing on fueling your body with nutritious, delicious foods
  • Learning whats in your food so you can make informed choices
  • Curbing your sugar addiction (if you have one!)

Here’s what this challenge is NOT:

  • a detox (your organs do that every day so you’re good on that front!)
  • a guarantee to lose 100 lbs and inches off your body (major eye roll, that doesn’t happen in 7 days)
  • an expectation that you will never eat sugar again (that would be ridiculous.. sometimes you need a little dessert!)

The purpose of this challenge is to get you to realize what’s in your food. More than ever there are additives, and loads of salt/sugars being added to our food to make the foods hyper palatable. My hope is that in going through this exercise for the week you’ll be more mindful about what’s in your food!


  • 7 days of choosing to be mindful about what you eat
  • Mindfully avoiding all forms of sugar/artificial sweeteners in anything you eat
  • Focusing on fueling your body with nutritious, delicious foods
  • Learning whats in your food so you can make informed choices
  • Curbing your sugar addiction (if you have one!)

Here’s what this challenge is NOT:

  • a detox (your organs do that every day so you’re good on that front!)
  • a guarantee to lose 100 lbs and inches off your body (major eye roll, that doesn’t happen in 7 days)
  • an expectation that you will never eat sugar again (that would be ridiculous.. sometimes you need a little dessert!)

The purpose of this challenge is to get you to realize what’s in your food. More than ever there are additives, and loads of salt/sugars being added to our food to make the foods hyper palatable. My hope is that in going through this exercise for the week you’ll be more mindful about what’s in your food!


  • 7 days of choosing to be mindful about what you eat
  • Mindfully avoiding all forms of sugar/artificial sweeteners in anything you eat
  • Focusing on fueling your body with nutritious, delicious foods
  • Learning whats in your food so you can make informed choices
  • Curbing your sugar addiction (if you have one!)

Here’s what this challenge is NOT:

  • a detox (your organs do that every day so you’re good on that front!)
  • a guarantee to lose 100 lbs and inches off your body (major eye roll, that doesn’t happen in 7 days)
  • an expectation that you will never eat sugar again (that would be ridiculous.. sometimes you need a little dessert!)

The purpose of this challenge is to get you to realize what’s in your food. More than ever there are additives, and loads of salt/sugars being added to our food to make the foods hyper palatable. My hope is that in going through this exercise for the week you’ll be more mindful about what’s in your food!


  • 7 days of choosing to be mindful about what you eat
  • Mindfully avoiding all forms of sugar/artificial sweeteners in anything you eat
  • Focusing on fueling your body with nutritious, delicious foods
  • Learning whats in your food so you can make informed choices
  • Curbing your sugar addiction (if you have one!)

Here’s what this challenge is NOT:

  • a detox (your organs do that every day so you’re good on that front!)
  • a guarantee to lose 100 lbs and inches off your body (major eye roll, that doesn’t happen in 7 days)
  • an expectation that you will never eat sugar again (that would be ridiculous.. sometimes you need a little dessert!)

The purpose of this challenge is to get you to realize what’s in your food. More than ever there are additives, and loads of salt/sugars being added to our food to make the foods hyper palatable. My hope is that in going through this exercise for the week you’ll be more mindful about what’s in your food!


  • 7 days of choosing to be mindful about what you eat
  • Mindfully avoiding all forms of sugar/artificial sweeteners in anything you eat
  • Focusing on fueling your body with nutritious, delicious foods
  • Learning whats in your food so you can make informed choices
  • Curbing your sugar addiction (if you have one!)

Here’s what this challenge is NOT:

  • a detox (your organs do that every day so you’re good on that front!)
  • a guarantee to lose 100 lbs and inches off your body (major eye roll, that doesn’t happen in 7 days)
  • an expectation that you will never eat sugar again (that would be ridiculous.. sometimes you need a little dessert!)

The purpose of this challenge is to get you to realize what’s in your food. More than ever there are additives, and loads of salt/sugars being added to our food to make the foods hyper palatable. My hope is that in going through this exercise for the week you’ll be more mindful about what’s in your food!


  • 7 days of choosing to be mindful about what you eat
  • Mindfully avoiding all forms of sugar/artificial sweeteners in anything you eat
  • Focusing on fueling your body with nutritious, delicious foods
  • Learning whats in your food so you can make informed choices
  • Curbing your sugar addiction (if you have one!)

Here’s what this challenge is NOT:

  • a detox (your organs do that every day so you’re good on that front!)
  • a guarantee to lose 100 lbs and inches off your body (major eye roll, that doesn’t happen in 7 days)
  • an expectation that you will never eat sugar again (that would be ridiculous.. sometimes you need a little dessert!)

The purpose of this challenge is to get you to realize what’s in your food. More than ever there are additives, and loads of salt/sugars being added to our food to make the foods hyper palatable. My hope is that in going through this exercise for the week you’ll be more mindful about what’s in your food!