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Dysbiosis: Unlocking the Missing Piece to Your Gut Health

Dysbiosis: Unlocking the Missing Piece to Your Gut Health

Living inside of you and on you are trillions of microorganisms (a few pounds worth!), including bacteria, fungi, parasites, and viruses. This community of microorganisms and their DNA, which outnumbers ours, is called a microbiome. You have a microbiome on your skin, in your mouth, on your organs, essentially everywhere in and on your body. 

However, the microbiome that has been getting the most attention recently is the gut microbiome and its impact on your overall health and well-being. Why? It has a symbiotic relationship with the host – you! Meaning that both the microbes and your body benefit from their interactions. The health of your gut determines what nutrients you absorb and what toxins, allergens, and microbes are kept out. 

Gut health is directly linked to the health of your entire body!

Within your digestive system, there are many strains of bacteria, most of them are beneficial (good bacteria) while some are harmful (bad bacteria). As long as the amount of beneficial bacteria is kept high in the body and the immune system is kept strong, then populations of potentially harmful bacteria are typically kept under control. However, the typical American modern diet and lifestyle can imbalance beneficial bacteria to the point that harmful bacteria flourish and wreak all sorts of havoc on the body, from constipation to behavioral problems, to IBS, to a compromised immune system, to cancer

In fact, many people struggle with dysbiosis, an imbalance of microbes in the digestive tract that can lead to a whole host of health ailments and diseases. These low-virulence microbes are insidious. They cause ongoing inflammatory symptoms that almost always go undiagnosed and, if untreated, they become deep-seated and cause chronic health problems such as:

  • Fatigue
  • Joint Pain
  • Anxiety/Depression
  • Bloating
  • Constipation or Diarrhea (or alternating of both)
  • Skin Issues
  • Yeast Infections
  • Brain Fog
  • Hormone Imbalances
  • And more

The Most Common Forms of Dysbiosis 

  • Candida overgrowth: fungal overgrowth
  • SIBO: Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth
  • IMO: Intestinal Methanogen Overgrowth
  • H. Pylori: Bacterial overgrowth in the stomach

There are multiple methods for combating dysbiosis. The approach that’s taken is determined by the type of overgrowth and the client’s unique disposition and lifestyle. One of the most important things you can do to combat bacterial overgrowth is to stop feeding the invader. Making time to eat in a calm environment, properly chewing food, and drinking only sips and not gulps of water during meals helps ensure robust digestive secretions are available to break down foods.

The choice of food can also matter greatly, especially with dysbiosis. Each person’s body needs a diet that’s unique to them, but in general, a diet low in sugar and refined carbs (watch the ingredient list in processed foods! Most have sugar included) and high in fiber, improves stool transit time and is incredibly beneficial in growing diverse beneficial gut flora. This can look like ample vegetables, proteins, healthy oils and fats, nuts and seeds, and whole fruits.

While diet plays an enormous role in healing the gut microbiome, natural herbs, and plant extracts can help to rebalance overgrowths and heal your gut. Whether you’re experiencing fungal overgrowth, SIBO/IMO, or H. Pylori, each infection requires its own use of specific herbs to combat it. Working with a skilled healthcare practitioner is important when addressing dysbiosis and the gut microbiome with herbs and other supplements. 

If you suspect you have a microbial overgrowth and would like support bringing your gut back into balance, schedule your application call with our team!

You can also watch Melissa Rose’s podcast episode, Navigating the Path to Healing, Wellness, and Purpose  on YouTube below.


About the Author

Women Thrive Magazine Article Author - Melissa Rose

Name: Melissa Rose

Professional Title: CEO/Founder, Functional Medicine Coach

Bio: Melissa Rose is a committed investigative partner to individuals who have chronic or autoimmune conditions. As a result of her own journey with Multiple Sclerosis, diagnosis, and recovery, she provides empathetic, highly-personalized care. Her goal is to support, educate and empower individuals to become well again.

Website: sagebrushwellness.com

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