I am 95% certain that the greatest contributor to my intense adolescent acne and radiant episodes of halitosis was my inability to digest gluten. It has taken me over two decades to achieve this level of certainty because of the trial-and-error situation surrounding my eating habits.
Have you ever had breath so bad that drinking a tall glass of Listerine has no effect? My breath kickin’ in full effect made my eldest son break out in tears back in the day. As an adolescent, my mother would often vigorously interrupt me while I was talking to her—at times several feet away—saying, “Bryan, your breath!” When I first appeared on Facebook, my ex-Facebook friend Bahni Turpin indignantly announced (on a thread watched by dozens of my Facebook friends) that the real reason why she refused to speak to me—about anything—was because of my intense breath experience.
Now let’s take a step back here and talk about digestive tract odor. For malodorous breath there are two levels of stench: (i) the odor that bothers others and not you, the generator of the odor and (ii) the odor so intense that is bothers you. Once I began to trial and error with gluten, I have not been bothered by my own breath. Yes, I can eat onions or something like that and get a bit edgy but there has been nothing like the shit from the days I was overwhelming Ms. Turpin with my brilliance. By the way, I was very much loved as a child so telling me that my breath stinks does not break my heart. Moreover, I thrill with the knowledge that the truth can cause you to be free—and my body has direct, adroit, stinky way of telling me that something is wrong. I respect my body for being so funky instead of suffering in silence only to surprise me with sudden death.
My journey in this human body has taught me a few very, very important things. Leading is the very strong message that there is no such thing as “normal food”—food is ethnocentric—and not knowing about where you come from can literally kill you. Here is my serious soul brother of DHERBS.COM in “Gluten-Intolerance: Celiac’s Disease”:
Looking back on this now, no wonder we (my family) were so constipated growing up. We had adhesion (glue) in our intestines. That’s why we ate so much but very seldom used the bathroom (defecating). It all makes sense when you become health conscious. Our dry and hardened stools were glued to the walls of our intestines. This was and is true for anybody who eats gravy in particular and the Standard American Diet in general. The Black folk’s version of SAD is called Soul Food. I’ll admit, the food may taste good, but it damn sure will get you in tune with your Soul quick, fast, and in a hurry. Soul food will take you out. It’s the worst dietary cuisine and form of cultural food in the United States, ranking slightly above the Mexican-American cultural diet cuisine.
In fact, soul food is a concocted ethnic cuisine. Its origins are rooted in American slavery. It behooves me how African Americans purport to be free today and actually think they are free today, but still, in their so-called freedom, eat like slaves or what their ancestors ate while enslaved. Why would so-called free people eat the diet of their oppressed and enslaved ancestors? Much less, why would they embrace and glorify such diet?
Another cause is gluten intolerance (also known as celiac disease), which can cause halitosis, white tongue (a coating of white on the tongue that will not go away), and mucus in the throat.
In “What is Gluten?,” The Wise Geek reminds us that, “Examples of grains that do not have gluten include wild rice, corn, buckwheat, millet, amaranth, quinoa, teff, oats, soybeans, and sunflower seeds.” According to a Yahoo! Answer, lentils are also gluten free.