Bad breath can be embarrassing for yourself and create an uncomfortable situation for all parties. There are many products out there that combat bad breath, such as gum, mints and mouthwash, but they only hide them temporarily. Certain foods, habits and underlying health conditions can all contribute to bad breath, and one of these is Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO).
What is SIBO?
You may be thinking, I’ve never heard of that, what is SIBO? Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth is a disorder where there is an abnormally large amount of bacteria growing in the small intestine. SIBO is not a severe disorder, and will not result in any long term organ damage. They can, however, contribute to other symptoms such as acne, gut distress, anxiety, fatigue, chronic pain and bad breath. When left untreated for too long, they can increase the risk of developing bowel syndrome, slow gastrointestinal motility, metabolic conditions and metabolic disorders.
How is it caused?
There are four major contributors to SIBO:
Low stomach acid
Our stomach acid is responsible for the sterilisation and chemical breakdown of the food we eat for digestion. It also acts as your primary intestinal defence barrier against invaders, so when you’re low on stomach acid, you’re more prone to infection. Low stomach acid can occur naturally from aging, diets, poor gut health and nutrient deficiencies, to name a few.
Slow mobility refers to how long it takes food to travel through the digestive system. The longer food stays in your gut, you risk having a higher chance of poor digestion, constipation and may absorb toxins that were meant for excretion.
Disrupted bacteria in the large intestine
The large intestine is home to a diverse amount of bacteria, which keeps it in check. When the large intestine fails to maintain a healthy amount of bacteria, you may experience inflammation, leaky gut, weaker immune system and more.
Body’s structural issues
Structural changes in the body such as hernia, bowel obstructions or adhesions from a recent surgery can affect how food moves through the small intestine. This causes food to get stuck for longer, allowing harmful bacteria to develop.
How can it be treated?
If you cannot determine whether you suffer from SIBO or not, the SIBO breath test may help. This test measures the levels of gas in your breath to determine if you are affected by SIBO. This test may also reveal the cause of bad breath and show that bad breath comes from the gut, rather than any hygiene and mouth cleaning habits. SIBO treatment in Sydney can treat SIBO with a carefully planned diet made specifically for your body, to give it the nutrition it needs to function optimally. In combination with antimicrobial therapy, you can combat SIBO, chronic fatigue and more. Talk to the experts today, and restore your health for a brighter future.