Gut Dybiosis - It All Starts in the Gut!

A number of tests have been developed to investigate a patient's functional gastrointestinal (GI) status since body-wide dysfunction can start in the gut.

A healthy person will typically have an optimal amount of good bacteria and microorganisms in the digestive tract. These ‘good guys’ help to combat any unhealthy bacteria, parasites, and yeasts that are present or are introduced.. A person who has gut dysbiosis – microbial imbalance in the intestines - has a condition in which one or more harmful or deleterious microorganisms have upset the balance usually maintained by the good bacteria.

Dysbiosis can have many possible causes. Drugs such as antibiotics, can destroy beneficial bacteria along with harmful ones. Slow replenishment of beneficial organisms, prolonged stress, parasitic infections and yeast overgrowth are only some of the issues that can result in imbalance and symptoms of gut dysbiosis.

Persistent dysbiosis can result in an inability to properly absorb nutrients from food. It can also prevent the production of substances that are helpful to digestion that good microbes normally produce leading to malnutrition, and a host of other unpleasant consequences.

Symptoms of this condition can include chronic fatigue, food intolerance, and symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), muscle and joint pain, muscle fatigue, and allergies.