May 18 2014

Suffering from Dysbiosis?

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The gut—also called the gastrointestinal tract or the digestive system plays such an important role in our overall health and well being. It’s primary job is to break down food and provide a channel for nutrients to be absorbed in the body. These nutrients allow the body to grow, function and heal itself. The gut is filled with billions of bacteria, both friendly and unfriendly. Friendly bacteria help us with digestion, absorption, vitamin production, and controlling the growth of harmful microorganisms. It also keeps the intestinal cells well fed by creating short chain fatty acids. It is also where 80% of our immune system originates. When the intestines contain the proper balance of good and bad bacteria, it is in a state of symbiosis. A healthy gut is at the core of a healthy body.


But when the digestive system is not working properly a variety of issues can arise. Nutrients may not be absorbed properly, resulting in vitamin deficiencies. Our immune system can become compromised, leading to viral and bacterial infections. Other systems in our bodies can be impacted — from our skin to our nervous system. And, an improperly working digestive system can lead to toxic bacteria infesting the intestinal tract. This condition is called gut dysbiosis.4 This essentially means that there is an imbalance of microbial colonies; one can become dominant over the others. When the good bacteria are compromised, it compromises the health and well being of our whole system.


According to Wikipedia, Dysbiosis (also called dysbacteriosis) refers to “…microbial imbalance on or inside the body. Dysbiosis is most prominent in the digestive tract or on the skin, but can also occur on any exposed surface or mucous membrane such as the vagina, lungs, mouth, nose, sinuses, ears, nails, or eyes…”1


“…Alterations in the bowel flora and its activities are now believed to be contributing factors to many chronic and degenerative diseases. Irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and ankylosing spondylitis have all been linked to alterations in the intestinal microflora. The intestinal dysbiosis hypothesis suggests a number of factors associated with modern Western living have a detrimental impact on the microflora of the gastrointestinal tract. Factors such as antibiotics, psychological and physical stress, and certain dietary components have been found to contribute to intestinal dysbiosis…” 5


“…One of the most common causes of dysbiosis is taking antibiotics…”2 Every time we take them, they kill off the good bacteria along with the bad. Over prescribing antibiotics has led to antibiotic resistance, which is a pressing health concern. What is often left are resistant germs that grow and multiply. 2


Another factor that can lead to dysbiosis is stress. Our digestive tract is one of the first areas of our body to react to fear or stress. Butterflies in the tummy sound familiar? Loose bowels at times of nervousness? If your system is balanced, then once the stress is gone, things go back to normal. In a weakened system, when a person experiences unrelenting stress, the intestines stay irritated and lead to chronic discomfort.3

Other things that can lead to dysbiosis is overuse of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as aspirin and advil.2 They inhibit the growth of healthy bacteria and can cause leaky gut, which can cause a bacterial imbalance. Chronic constipation, or an overgrowth of fungus and yeast can also lead to dysbiosis. When organisms that are not usually predominant in the intestines such as yeast (candida), unfriendly bacteria, protozoa or parasites are present, this can induce disease by altering nutrition patterns in the body..2

Some indicators that your digestive system is out of balance are when the following symptoms persist:

-       bloating, indigestion, constipation, diarrhea, belching

-       bad breath, heartburn, abdominal pain

-       join pain

-       allergies

-       yeast infections

-       lactose intolerance

-       skin problems including acne or psoriasis

-       chronic fatigue

-       thrush

If you think that you may have dysbiosis, consult with your health care professional. “Based on available research and clinical data, there are four general causes of intestinal dysbiosis: putrefaction, fermentation, deficiency and sensitization.6


“…Putrefaction dysbiosis results form diets high in fat and animal fats and low in insoluble fiber…”6 Fermentation/Small Bowel Bacterial Overgrowth (SBBO) “…is a condition of carbohydrate intolerance induced by overgrowth of bacteria in the stomach, small intestine and beginning of the large intestine…”6 “…Deficiency Dysbiosis is when “…Exposure to antibiotics or a diet depleted of soluble fiber may create an absolute deficiency of normal fecal flora, including Bifidobacteria, Lactobacillus and E. Coli….”6 Lastly, Sensitization is the “…Aggravation of abnormal immune responses to components of the normal intestinal microflora…”6 For more detail on these different types of dysbiosis and the target treatments for each, visit reference 6.


At the forefront of balancing your gut flora is adding back the friendly bacteria. The good bacteria, such as in our BODY BIOTICS™ SBO PREBIOTIC/PROBIOTIC CONSORTIA™ promotes good health and protects the body from the unfriendly bacteria to help avoid getting in a state of dysbiosis. You can also cleanse with Aloe PURE™ and replenish your vitamins and nutrients with our supercharged LIFE’S GREEN ESSENTIALS™. Don’t wait to get your intestinal tract back on track!


Healthiest wishes,






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