Dysbiosis - What It Is & What You Can Do About It
Do any these symptoms sound familiar to you?*
Cravings for sugar and sweets
Constipation, diarrhea, bloating or abdominal pain
Skin rashes or itchy skin
A general feeling of being "unwell"
Recurrent infections (urinary tract, vaginal, prostate)
Feeling "foggy" or "spaced out"
Issues with memory or concentration
PMS or menstrual irregularities
Although symptoms can vary from person to person, these are all common signs of an intestinal imbalance known as Dysbiosis. Essentially, dysbiosis occurs when there are more harmful microbes than there are helpful ones. This can cause a number of health issues, including chronic inflammation, an over-burdened liver, allergies and auto-immune conditions.
Let me explain..
When at it's best, your small intestine and colon contain bacteria known as symbionts. These microbes are beneficial and live off of the food in the gut and work in harmony with immune tissues. However, when your diet and lifestyle are out of whack (think antibiotics, or regular sugar and alcohol consumption, to name a few) you are introducing pathogens - bad bacteria - into your intestine and colon. Over time, these pathogens produce endo-toxins, which your liver then has to work to detoxify. When you get to a point that the bad bacteria out-number the good bacteria, you run into issues like the ones mentioned above.
Dysbiosis is essentially caused by one of two scenarios:
1. You are killing off good microbes
2. There is a microbial overgrowth of pathogens
In either case, it is important that you adjust your diet and lifestyle in order to re-introduce the good bacteria. I'm sure that by now, you've heard or read about Probiotics and their benefits to your intestinal health. Probiotic supplements and/or fermented foods are 2 great ways you can work to re-build the healthy bacteria on a daily basis. I recommend that everyone take a high quality probiotic supplement each day to continuously to supply your body with them!
Healing from dysbiosis is an on-going effort and there are many other factors that need to be taken into consideration. If you are suffering from any of the symptoms listed above and would like to start feeling better, I can help you with a personalized plan!
*Note: these symptoms do not always mean you suffer from dysbiosis and may be related to other health conditions. This is also not an exhaustive list of all possible symptoms.