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What's Dysbiosis?
03-26-2013, 06:27 PM
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What's Dysbiosis?
Dysbiosis means there is too much yeast, harmful bacteria, viruses or parasites in the intestines. Dysbiosis does more than interfere with digestion. Dysbiosis makes you tired. It alters your immune system. It upsets your hormonal balance. It can even make it difficult for you to think clearly. Dysbiosis can cause anxiety, depression or mood swings. Dysbiosis can affect almost every aspect of health. A person with dysbiosis is more likely to suffer from:

Frequent Colds or Flu
Brain Fog
Attention Deficit
Interstitial Cystitis
Food Allergies
Mitral Valve Prolapse
Leaky Gut
Sinus and Ear Infections
Constipation or Diarrhea
Eczema and Hives
Carpal Tunnel
Poor sleep

Notice that many of these same ailments are attributed to Candida or “The Yeast Syndrome.” That is because the yeast syndrome is really dysbiosis. Dysbiosis is just a more general term. It encompasses the observation that yeast aren’t the only intestinal residents that can cause these symptoms. In fact, intestinal bacteria or viruses may have center stage in some of these illnesses, not yeast. Even though yeast isn’t the culprit every time, the presence of intestinal yeast can be a huge factor in the health of some patients. Unfortunately, yeast overgrowth is particularly hard to eradicate because yeast can live inside body cells where antifungals cannot kill them. The sickest dysbiosis patients will have both yeast and harmful bacteria in their intestines.

Depending on the situation, a person may want to employ antibiotics, antifungals, antivirals or antiparasitic medication to kill the pathogens inside the intestine. However, there is a lot more to the art of getting well than just killing pathogens. If you kill off one resident of the intestines, another is going to take its place. Will it be good? Seeding the intestines with good bacteria can help ensure that the new growth is healthy. Sometimes the lining of the intestine must be washed in order to make space for the implantation of the good bacteria. Although this may be very helpful, this doesn’t assure a successful outcome.

The situation is very analogous to farming. You can remove rocks, kill weeds and plant good seeds, but you aren’t going to get a good crop if the soil is poor. Your body is the soil. Bacteria live off of the mucous lining of the intestine. You grow this lining. Therefore, the bacteria are living off of you. If your body chemistry is wrong, your intestinal bacteria aren’t going to be healthy. That is one reason why some people get yeast/Candida after taking an antibiotic, and other people don’t. Their body chemistry is different.

Proper hormonal support is another important aspect of healing from dysbiosis. Without the proper hormone balance, the intestinal movement is disrupted, and different flora is promoted. Once the poor flora is established, it will interfere with the hormonal balance. To recover the hormonal balance, the flora needs to change, the liver needs to be supported, and often thyroid hormone must be supplemented. Thyroid seems particularly important, possibly because toxins from yeast and gram-negative intestinal bacteria can lower the thyroid hormone level in the body. When there is dysbiosis, often there is low thyroid, high estrogen and/or weak adrenals.This book will help you understand why hormones are so important to your recovery from dysbiosis. It will also cover the relationship of hormones and dysbiosis to migraines.
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