The health of your digestive system is a good indicator of your overall health. Your digestive system influences everything from various body functions to your immune system. An imbalance in your digestive system can predispose you to a number of health problems.

Approximately 80 percent of your immune system is in your digestive tract. The “gut” normally contains a delicate balance of good and bad bacteria. A healthy digestive tract has about 85 percent good bacteria and 15 percent bad bacteria. When these ratios change, you are more susceptible to health conditions that can cause distinctive breath and body odors. For example, breath that smells fishy may suggest kidney problems. A person whose breath smells sweet and fruity may be suffering from uncontrolled diabetes.

If you have persistent bad breath, you should consult a dentist to determine if the cause is related to periodontal disease or other oral health issues. If these causes are ruled out, then you should see your doctor in order to find out if you have an underlying health condition.

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