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What is Dysbiosis?
03-26-2013, 06:44 PM
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What is Dysbiosis?
*Author: C. Kelly
Intestinal flora or bacteria, which usually will be predominantly friendly and their human host ideally should live in harmony and this state is called symbiosis. If this balance does not exist because of the presence of pathogenic organisms then a state of dys-symbiosis, or dysbiosis exists. A common cause of bacterial or fungal dysbiosis is the repeated use of antibiotics.

Dysbiosis is a term to describe an imbalance of the bacteria in the digestive tract where there is yeast, harmful bacteria, viruses or parasites. Because our immune system begins in the intestines, the friendly organisms in our gut are important in protecting us against diseases caused by pathogenic bacteria, viruses and parasites as well as fungus. (1)

Dysbiosis, also called dysbacteriosis, refers to a condition of microbial imbalances with the body. Dysbiosis is most prominent in the digestive tract or on the skin, but can also occur on any exposed mucous membrane such as the vagina, lungs, nose, sinuses, ears, nails, or eyes. It has been associated with irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease and chronic fatigue syndrome. (1)

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