The Deeper Reason Why Anxiety Causes Bad Breath

May 28, 2022

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Your bad breath and anxiety or depression could be related! Find out why and what to do. 

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0:00 Introduction: Do anxiety and depression cause bad breath?
0:50 Your mood and your microbiome 
2:32 Why does your microbiome affect your mood and vice versa? 
5:15 What to do for anxiety and depression 
6:55 Check out my video on what to do for panic attacks and anxiety!

There is an interesting relationship between your mood and your microbiome—let's talk about it. 

When a person is in a state of chronic anxiety or depression, their microbiome changes—and their breath changes too. 

This is why a person with chronic stress, anxiety, or depression can develop halitosis or bad breath. These mood changes can also cause an increased risk of periodontal infections and disease. 

On the flip side, when a person takes an antibiotic or antifungal and wipes out their microbial population, it can dramatically affect their mood and breath. Psychosis, depression, anxiety, and panic attacks are all potential side effects of antibiotics. 

There is a spike in cortisol when a person experiences stress and anxiety. Cortisol suppresses the diversity of microbes you have and paralyzes your immune system. Chronic elevation of cortisol destroys your microbes and affects your breath. 

Your body has a complex group of friendly bacteria, yeast, and fungus that all work together. You need the right ratios of them to maintain a healthy body. Sauerkraut and kefir are fantastic foods you can consume to help promote a healthy ratio of bacteria, yeast, and fungus.

Overall, your mood can affect your microbes, and your microbes can affect your mood. The quality of your breath is directly related to the balance of your microbes. 

What to try for anxiety and depression:
• Take vitamin D (for depression)
• Take vitamin B1 (for anxiety) 
• Get outdoors 
• Exercise 
• Do physical work outdoors 
• Try indoor rock climbing 
• Change your diet (get on the Healthy Keto diet) 
• Do intermittent fasting 



Dr. Eric Berg DC Bio:
Dr. Berg, age 56, is a chiropractor who specializes in Healthy Ketosis & Intermittent Fasting. He is the author of the best-selling book The Healthy Keto Plan, and is the Director of Dr. Berg Nutritionals. He no longer practices, but focuses on health education through social media.

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Dr. Eric Berg received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1988. His use of “doctor” or “Dr.” in relation to himself solely refers to that degree. Dr. Berg is a licensed chiropractor in Virginia, California, and Louisiana, but he no longer practices chiropractic in any state and does not see patients so he can focus on educating people as a full time activity, yet he maintains an active license. This video is for general informational purposes only. It should not be used to self-diagnose and it is not a substitute for a medical exam, cure, treatment, diagnosis, and prescription or recommendation. It does not create a doctor-patient relationship between Dr. Berg and you. You should not make any change in your health regimen or diet before first consulting a physician and obtaining a medical exam, diagnosis, and recommendation. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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Thanks for watching! I hope this helps explain what causes bad breath during anxiety or depression. I'll see you in the next video.