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The Dangers of Dysbiosis


What is Dysbiosis?

Dysbiosis is an imbalance in the micro-organisms that reside within the intestinal tract. This occurs when there are excessive levels of detrimental organisms and lower levels of the beneficial ones. The word 'dysbiosis' originated from the Greek's and means; dys = bad, biosis = way of living or way of life. Detrimental organisms include; bacteria, parasites, worms, viruses, fungi, protozoa and amoeba's.

Whereas 'symbiosis', (also a Greek word meaning companionship) occurs when the beneficial organisms in the intestinal tract live together for their own mutual benefit, creating the seeds of exceptional health. Symbiosis has far reaching effects within the body and is essential for ideal digestive, cardiovascular, immune and cognitive vigor.

What causes Dysbiosis?

The causes of Dysbiosis are many and can vary from one person to the next. Below is a list of the more common causes that are associated with Dysbiosis.

Alcohol Food allergies Irritable bowel syndrome
Antibiotics Food contamination Leaky gut syndrome
Birth control pill Gastrointestinal inflammation Overseas travel
Candida Heavy metals NSAID's medication
Constipation High fat diet Pregnancy
Damp mouldy environment High sugar diet Stress
Elevated hormones HRT Suppressed immune function
Excessive carbohydrates Immuno-suppressant medication Water contamination
Food additives Inflammation
White flour diet

Common detrimental organisms found in Dysbiosis

While there are potentially thousands of detrimental organisms that can cause or contribute to Dysbiosis, the list below highlights some of the more common varieties know to cause digestive discomfort, immune suppression and disease.

Aeromonas species Entamoeba histolytica Klebsellia pneumonia
Blastocystis species Enterobacter cloacae Pseudomonas
Campylobacter species Escherichia coli Salmonella species
Candida albicans Giardia intestinalis Streptococcus species
Cryptosporidium species Geotrichum species Shigella species
Dientamoeba fragilis Helicobacter Pylori Yersinia enterocolitica

Signs and symptoms of Dysbiosis

Not everybody with Dysbiosis suffers the same array of signs and symptoms. One person may have many symptoms whilst another only a few. The ones listed below are some of the more common conditions associated with Dysbiosis.

Abdominal pain
Cracked nails Leaky gut syndrome
Abnormal blood clotting
Crohn's disease Low stomach acid
Dementia Migraines
ADD/ADHD Depression Mucus in stool
Adrenal Fatigue
Diarrhoea Muscle pain
Alcohol cravings
Allergies Fatigue Periodontal disease
Alzheimer's disease Fibromyalgia Prostatitis
Ankylosing spondylitis Flatulence
Atherosclerosis  Gastroenteritis
Rheumatoid arthritis
Autism Gingivitis
Anxiety Glaucoma
Sense of fullness
Bad breath Graves' disease
Hashimoto's disease
Sugar cravings
Undigested food in stool
Chronic fatigue syndrome
Inflammation/Inflammatory disease
Cognitive impairment
Irritable bowel syndrome
Ischaemic heart disease
Joint pain
Weight gain

Why is Dysbiosis bad for Health?

Hippocrates, the father of medicine, famously said over 2000 years ago that "all disease begins in the gut, heal thy gut". This makes sense as 70% of the body's immune system lies within the intestinal tract and is responsible for eliminating pathogens, antigens, reducing inflammation, cancer markers and tumors, while at the same time trying to maintain a healthy balance to avoid autoimmune diseases.

Many neurological disorders such as; anxiety, panic attacks, depression and bipolar disorder have a basis in impaired gut function and Dysbiosis. Did you know that the enteric nervous system, the largest gathering of nerves outside the brain, is located in the intestinal tract? Or that 90% of the body's happy brain chemical, serotonin, is stored in enterochromaffin cells which line the intestinal and respiratory tracts? If the immune system is suppressed, the enteric nervous system irritated or the enterochromaffin cells damaged by dysbiotic organisms, then it is safe to say that any number of neurological or immunological health conditions can and will occur.

The beneficial gut organisms have an astonishing relationship with us. They are what keeps us healthy and conversely when they are weak, in poor health or have reduced numbers, that is when disease and tissue degeneration occurs. These beneficial organisms are responsible for producing a variety of essential vitamins including vitamin B2, B5, B6, B12, K2, folate, biotin, choline, insoitol and PABA. This is why ruling out Dysbiosis as a cause of disease is paramount to any successful long-term, health obtaining treatment strategy. It is the belief and practice of many natural health practitioners worldwide that to successfully improve a person's health, we must first start by reducing Dysbiosis and improving the beneficial gut organisms.

How to treat Dysbiosis

Even though a person may be suffering from many of the signs and symptoms associated with Dysbiosis it's always best to test and find out what type or strain of detrimental organism(s) are present. Testing for Dysbiosis allows for a more precise and effective treatment protocol where the offending organism(s) are targeted rather than a blanket herbal or antibiotic approach. We recommend the Dysbiosis Test, Helicobacter Pylori Test and Candida Test to accurately diagnose the full extent of Dysbiosis and to determine which detrimental pathogens are present, and what beneficial organisms are lacking.

Recommended tests for Dysbiosis

Candida Test

Dysbiosis Test

Useful Dysbiosis links

What is Candida

What is Leaky Gut Syndrome

Understanding Allergies

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Digestive Detox

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