Gastrointestinal dysbiosis is now being linked to a myriad of pathological conditions including Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes, Obesity, Anxiety, Autism, Atopic Eczema, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Depression, Metabolic Syndrome, Ulcerative Colitis, Cardiovascular Disease, Coeliac Disease, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Parkinson’s Disease.
Your body is full of colonies of harmless bacteria known as microbiota. Most of these bacteria have a positive effect on your health and contribute to your body’s natural processes.
But when one of these bacterial colonies is out of balance, it can lead to dysbiosis. Dysbiosis typically occurs when the bacteria in your gastrointestinal (GI) tract — which includes your stomach and intestines — become unbalanced.
Some effects of dysbiosis, such as stomach upset, are temporary and mild. In many cases, your body can correct the imbalance without treatment.
A number of factors have been found to negatively impact on the health and balance of the GIT ecosystem.
These include pharmaceuticals: antibiotics, chemotherapy, NSAIDs, proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) and radiotherapy.
High sugar/high processed food diets, high protein/low carbs diets and the keto diet all contribute to dysbiosis.
Common symptoms include:
- bad breath
- upset stomach
- difficulty urinating
- vaginal or rectal itching
- chest pain
- rash or redness
- having trouble thinking or concentrating
A Comprehensive Stool Analysis is a useful test I use in clinic to determine what bacteria, yeast or funghi are present.
A number of tools can be utilised to improve the balance of the GIT microbiota and to enhance the
growth of specific members of the ecosystem. We always start slow with repopulating the beneficial bacteria.