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Combatting Bad Breath During Fasting: Tips for a Fresher Experience

Contrary to popular belief, brushing or using a miswak (a teeth-cleaning twig) isn’t directly related to eliminating this unwanted smell.

The Hadith regarding fasting and musk states:

The breath of a fasting person is sweeter in the sight of Allah than the fragrance of musk.

Sahih Bukhari

This Hadith emphasizes the spiritual significance and reward of fasting in Islam, indicating that even the breath of a fasting person holds a special place in the sight of Allah.

According to medical research, during the evening hours, the body expels substances that are beneficial and contribute to endurance.

Here are some reasons why bad breath might occur during fasting:

  1. Dry Mouth: When you fast and abstain from eating or drinking for several hours, the production of saliva decreases. Saliva keeps the mouth clean and moist. A reduction in saliva leads to an increase in bacteria, which can cause bad breath.
  2. Metabolic Changes: Extended periods without food intake can initiate the process of burning fat for energy, known as ketosis. During ketosis, the body produces ketones, which are expelled through breath, resulting in a distinct odor.
  3. Dietary Imbalance: Consuming unbalanced meals during suhoor (pre-dawn meal) and iftar (breaking the fast) can also contribute to bad breath, especially if meals are rich in spices or fats.
  4. Lack of Oral Hygiene: Skipping brushing or oral hygiene practices near the time of breaking the fast can result in the persistence of bad breath.

So, what can be done to combat bad breath during fasting?

Firstly, staying hydrated during non-fasting hours can help maintain saliva production and oral health. Additionally, incorporating foods rich in fiber and nutrients during suhoor and iftar can help balance the diet and reduce the likelihood of bad breath.

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