Intestinal Dysbiosis

Important Facts About Intestinal Dysbiosis

Intestinal dysbiosis is a newer term that is gaining quite a bit of popularity lately in the medical field.  It describes an imbalance in your intestinal flora which is a concept that has been created by naturopathic and holistic physicians.  However, just because the term may be new, the concept most definitely is not.

Since ancient times, herbalists have been using this natural idea and referencing how to treat bowel toxins.  Scientists have identified over 400 different species of gut micro flora that can literally be weighted by the pound as the average intestinal environment contains billions of them.  Intestinal dysbiosis makes aware that there are both good and bad bacteria in your body.

The good bacteria are beneficial substances that are made up of immune-stimulating chemicals and natural antibiotics.  The bad bacteria can produce organic amines, carcinogens and pH levels of toxins.  Poor food choices, improper digestion, stress, inflammation and dampness can cause intestinal dysbiosis imbalances and depending on the severity of the infection, resulted problems can range from mild to quite serious.

Symptoms And Results

These problems are especially common in young women and if they are ignored and left untreated they can result in a lot of frustration and discomfort.  Overusing antibiotics is the most common cause for intestinal dysbiosis however, consuming too much sugar, ingesting contaminated food and having low amounts of stomach acid are also to blame.

The primary symptoms are carbohydrates and sugar cravings, bloating and gas, sore muscles, fatigue and brain fog.  Any of these symptoms could be accented or barely noticeable depending on the specific organisms.  In some cases, depression can even occur which often leads to misdiagnosis.  Also, some organisms are much more active during the night which results in symptoms being significantly worse in the morning.

Long-Term Health Concerns

If intestinal dysbiosis is left untreated, it can lead to an alarming number of health concerns, including thyroid problems, acid reflux, prostate infections, hormonal depletion, weight gain, autoimmune disease, constipation, eczema, hives, headaches, asthma flareups, burping, toenail fungus, lowered sex drive, eye inflammation, sinus problem, urinary tract infections, disturbances in sleep, diarrhea, acne, liver problems, high blood pressure, bad breath, joint pain and fatigue.

How Bacteria Infects Your System

Dysbiosis most commonly occurs after an extended period of compromised or weak digestion.  When this happens, pancreatic digestive enzymes are significantly lower so they are not working the way that they should to sterilize the food that you are ingesting.

Additionally, a weakened immune system, infections, chemical exposure and intestinal pH alterations are also to blame.  Traditionally, the small intestine does not see much bacterial growth but during this condition, they colonize the area.  As a result, bloating, gas and diarrhea begins and as the toxins enter your blood stream, loss of alertness, allergic reaction symptoms, inflammation, muscle pain and fatigue become present.

 

This is really frustrating because often, physicians will misdiagnose the symptoms and end up prescribing antibiotics that are actually causing more harm.  Overusing antibiotics destroys the good bacteria that your body needs to fight bad bacterial populations.

Herbal Treatment

Wormwood, oregano leaf and neem leaf are all ideal treatment options.  They are usually taken for a few days or weeks however, less than two months at a time is advised.  It is also important to starve the bad bacteria of sugar by avoiding complex carbohydrates, cakes, candy, cookies, pies, fruit, juice, soda, etc.  Typically, symptoms will improve within a few days after doing this.

It is important to be aware that there is a bad bacteria “die-off” period so you may feel worse before you feel better but this is more from sugar withdrawals than anything else.