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Dysbiosis

Do you have one or some of the symptoms listed below?

  • Strong cravings for sugar and sweets
  • abdominal pain or bloating
  • constipation, or diarrhea
  • fatigue
  • eczema/itchy skin/rashes 
  • recurrent urinary tract infections
  • feel spaced out and have difficulty with memory or concentration
  • suffer with hormonal related imbalances  
  • autoimmune disease
  • allergy

 

If you associated with having any of these symptoms, it is likely that the balance of bacteria in your stomach is more pathogenic (bad) than symbiotic (good). Our intestines are full of bacteria (some good and some bad). Dysbiosis is the state our stomach gets to when we have excess bad bacteria. Excess bad bacteria in the intestine creates inflammation/irritation of the gut mucosa, increased production of mucus, deterioration of the gut mucosal lining, and a weekend immune system*.

The largest group of immune tissue is found in the digestive tract. Symbionts (good bacteria) are nourishing for immune tissue but pathogens (bad bacteria) cause immune tissue to react with inflammation. Excess pathogenic build up can occur over a long period of time and may lead to allergy and autoimmune disease. 

If dysbiosis is suspected it is best to reintroduce symbionts (good bacteria) into the intestinal tract. This is done by adding fermented foods to the diet and/or probiotics to your supplement regime.. 

The following is a list of items that either reduce symbiotic bacteria and/or add pathogenic bacteria to the intestine producing dysbiosis.

  • Oral antibiotics
  • animal products
  • intestinal disease
  • diarrhea
  • junk food, alcohol, drugs, pollutants, tobacco
  • x-rays
  • chlorinated water 
  • steroids

 

Encouraging optimal complete digestion with the use of digestive enzymes, probiotic supplementation, and consuming acidity, like 1 cup of water with 1/2 a lemon prior to protein rich or particularly heavy meals, are just a few ways you can encourage the balancing of intestinal bacteria and reduce the symptoms that go along with an overgrowth of pathogenic bacteria. I encourage you to try these options and inquire about more ways to improve gut health for optimal vitality. 

Reference:

Lessard-Rheas, B. Nutritional Pathology Third Edition, Dysbiosis. CSNN Publishing, Richmond Hill Ontario, Canada. 2015.  

 

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