Top 5 Signs you have Dysbiosis
The SAD (Standard American Diet) diet we created and live with of processed foods and refined sugars being the staple of this SAD diet have invited a new health condition called Dysbiosis.
Dysbiosis is a condition that occurs where there is an imbalance between good bacteria and bad bacteria in the gut. We have approximately 10x as many bacteria cells in the human body then we have human cells in the body. In fact we are more bacterial genome than we are human genome. Needless to say, the bacterial ecosystem in our body is vitally important to our health and wellness. If not attended to, it can quickly develop into a much more serious problem called Leaky Gut Syndrome.
1. Indigestion, Heartburn & GERD
Let me tell you I wish I got a nickel for everytime someone told me they were taking an antacid drug for their heartburn symptoms. Treating these symptoms like this will cause an alkaline environment in the digestive tract favoring an overgrowth of disease producing bacteria. Most often, indigestion is not a problem of excessive stomach acid, but actually quite the opposite. It is low stomach acid that almost always leads to indigestion, heartburn, and GERD. Studies show that this is often the result of a bacterial infection know as Heliobacter Pylori.
2. Bloating, Gas and/or Belching
If you inflate like a balloon after you eat a meal then you have dysbiosis. Those harmful bacteria in your gut are feeding on your meal and producing gas as a by product of their digestion. This is also an initial sign of the development of a leaky gut.
3. Diarrhea and/or Constipation
50% of your stools contents are comprised of live and dead bacteria from your digestive tract. If you’re constipated, that’s typically a sign that you lack enough goo bacteria or heave yeast/fungus taking over. Diarrhea on the other hand is typically a sign that your body is trying to remove harmful bacteria or parasites in a hurry. Unfortunately, this can be a losing battle. Either way, both are complications of dysbiosis.
4. Fatigue and/or Brain Fog
Opportunistic (Bad) bacteria and other pathogens create toxic byproducts that your body ends up absorbing. These toxins need to be processed which leads to an immune and inflammatory response. In many cases of gut dysfunction and leaky gut syndrome this also causes a buildup of inflammation that finds it way to the brain. As a result, a feeling of brain fog and fatigue is common. This brings a whole new meaning to the phrase “Food for thought”.
5. Undigested Food in Stool
If you see something in your stools that you can recognize this is an obvious sign that you are not digesting your food properly. If you are not digesting then all those harmful bacteria, parasites and yeast are. This drives dysbiosis, and is the reason why these pathogens survive in your gut.