If we can learn to be more mindful about how our bodies react to the foods we put in them and the environment we surround them with, we can become our own first responders.
Every day, our bodies give us subtle clues that indicate when something is not quite right, or a little bit off in your carefully balanced system.
One way in which we can tell that something is off is by the odors our body emits. Although we all get a little stinky when we sweat, that usually washes off with a cool shower and some soap. It's the lingering stench that we've got to watch out for.
Stinky Breath: Sleep Apnea
If your normally loving partner pulls away in the morning, and refuses to smooch until you've brushed your teeth, you know you've got a bigger problem than the occasional morning breath.
If you brush and floss regularly at night before going to bed; yet you still wake up with rank breath, you could be dealing with sleep apnea.
This chronic disorder causes you to periodically start and stop breathing while you sleep. It happens randomly throughout the night, causing you to have dry mouth - a common cause of bad breath.
Breathing like this permits bacteria to breed more easily in your throat. Certain kinds of bacteria make a sulfurous gas that gives your breath a rotten egg smell.
If you've got sour breath, daytime sleepiness and snoring - and you've ruled out all other causes of bad breath - look into getting tested. It's also good to know that sleep apnea is linked with diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease. If you suffer from any of these conditions, bring your symptoms up to your doctor.
Super Smelly Poop: Lactose Intolerance
If your gas or poop smells extra raunchy after you've consumed dairy, you may be unable to digest lactose.
Our small intestines produce an enzyme called lactase that breaks down lactose, a sugar found in dairy products. When you don't produce enough lactase, your small intestine will send lactose straight to your colon (instead of your bloodstream) where the gut bacteria ferments it.
Fermented lactose results in loose, foul-smelling stool, bloating and stinky toots.
Although the reactions vary from person to person, according to the National Institutes of Health, 65 percent of people have trouble digesting dairy. If you're one of them, you might consider checking with your doctor.
There are several reasons why you're feeling extra gassy, and it's important to rule out more serious intestinal issues like Crohn's disease, which also cause extra foul feces.
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