Dysbiosis is what happens when a person has an imbalance in the bacteria in their gut. The gut is where the body processes nutrients and begins the process for distributing them throughout the body, and thus it is a central part of health for the entire body as well. An issue in the gut can cause gut specific symptoms, but also can show up everywhere from the blood to the brain and even the immune system as a whole. Think of your gut as a “gatekeeper” that regulates what goes into the body and what gets processed out. Within the gut, there are good bacteria that help to process and digest food, and there are bad bacteria that can cause diseases within the GI tract. Having an imbalance of bacteria can leave you not feeling well and not able to be your optimum self. The number of bacteria in your body outnumber your cells ten to one. These bacteria serve a vital role in keeping you feeling your absolute best.
There are numerous symptoms that can point to an imbalance in gut bacteria. Some obvious and gut specific ones are constipation, excess intestinal gas, too little or no intestinal gas, chronic diarrhea, bloating and bad breath. Some that you might not expect that point towards bad gut bacteria are hormonal problems, menstrual complaints, prostate trouble, candida infection, chronic respiratory problems, dairy allergies, B deficiencies, high cholesterol, neurological problems, susceptibility to bruising, chronic vaginal infections, chronic bladder infections, osteoporosis, frequent immune challenges, eczema, ear aches, chronic sinus challenges, and sarcopenia.
An imbalance of stomach bacteria can influence the food allergies you have. By not being able to process food as well, it is not uncommon to develop food allergies or food intolerances. The healthier your gut, the less reactive to food you can be. Food reactions affect more than fifteen million Americans, and one in thirteen children. The number of children affected from 1997-2011 increased by more than 50%! Good gut bacteria directly affect how well your body is able to process foods, and when this process is disrupted by bad bacteria foods can cause stress to your gut and weaken your immune system.
At Nutritionally Yours we recommend a comprehensive stool test for those who think they might have symptoms of dysbiosis. Our stool tests looks at an abundance of gut health markers. Some of these are ph, good, bad and really bad bacteria levels, digestion markers, parasites and worms, inflammation levels, yeast and sigA which indicates leaky gut levels. Results take about three weeks to come in, and once they do we will provide you with a health supportive protocol to get you feeling better and get you to being the best you that you can be!
Hundreds of clients from the Atlanta, GA area and around the world work with Nutritionally Yours. Our programs of health awareness have been so successful that we made our testing available via the internet.
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Medical disclaimer: Testing cannot be used to diagnose, treat or cure any disease. All test results are to be used as educational materials and a guide to help support your overall health and wellness. Always discuss concerns with your medical doctor. Always review stool test results with your primary care doctor.
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Alane Palmer, Naturopath, CNC