By now you know that nitric oxide is a nutrient your body needs to thrive.
This powerful molecule tells your arteries to open up wider for improved blood flow and circulation.
And when that happens, your heart beats stronger, your blood pressure is healthy, and your energy soars.
A couple weeks ago, I shared with you foods that are proven to boost critical nitric oxide (NO) levels.
Potent spices like cayenne pepper and turmeric, plus leafy greens and fatty fish.
But beyond NO-boosting foods, there are even more ways you can raise your levels of this powerful molecule.
Top on that list is limiting your use of mouthwash.
Certain types of mouthwash – the antibacterial kind – not only kill off the bad bacterias in your mouth that creates cavities and dental diseases, they also destroy the good bacteria your body needs to produce nitric oxide.
You see, your mouth contains some special bacteria that is responsible for critical bodily functions.
One essential function is to convert nitrate to nitric oxide.
In fact, humans cannot produce nitric oxide from nitrate without these bacteria.
Research shows that antibacterial mouthwash kills the bacteria needed to make nitric oxide for up to 12 hours.
And, this decrease in nitric oxide production can even result in an increase in blood pressure.
So even if you eat high-nitrate foods like beets and leafy greens, you won’t realize their NO advantages, and your blood pressure may even go up, if you’re using an antibacterial mouthwash.
The same is true if you take supplements to give you a NO boost.
You could be spitting their advantages right down the sink with a swish of mouthwash.
Unless you’ve been prescribed an antibacterial mouthwash by a doctor or dentist for a specific condition, skip it.
Another thing you can do to raise your levels of nitric oxide is exercise regularly.
Exercise helps your endothelium, an organ in your body whose critical function is producing nitric oxide.
After the age of 40, your endothelium doesn’t function as optimally as it once did.
But regular exercise can help.
It actually improves endothelial function, so your body can produce more nitric oxide.
And you don’t even have to exercise every day to see how it helps.
The research shows the advantages of exercise on endothelial health and NO production can be seen in as little as 10 weeks when you exercise for 30 minutes, at least three times a week.
For vital health, it’s important to do all you can to raise your levels of nitric oxide naturally.
Eating a NO-rich diet, skipping the antibacterial mouthwash, and exercising regularly are three easy, but absolutely beneficial, steps you can take right now to boost your levels.
And feel the spark of energy as a result.
And if you’d like to see another simple (& natural) solution to boost your nitric oxide levels and support healthy blood pressure, go here.