Gut: what is dysbiosis?

Dysbiosis, what is that? A new name for a new dance move …. No!

Before explaining what dysbiosis is, let me explain the microflora first.

The microflora or gut ecosystem is a microbiome composed of 100 trillion organisms living in the gut. If you put them all together they would be about the size of a football

The microbiota organ weight 1-2 kg

What does the microbiota do for us?

  • Protects against allergy development

  • Normalizes gut motility

  • Improves nutrition status (vitamin B and D)

  • Mineral absorption of calcium, magnesium and zinc

  • Energy salvaging

  • Weight management

  • Blood glucose control insulin sensitivity

  • Mood management

  • Increase inflammation.

What is dysbiosis?

Dysbiosis is a loss of beneficial bacteria, which creates an imbalance of the microbial in your gut. Unfortunately, when this occurs, then a disease mostly develops from there.

How is dysbiosis diagnosed?

Diagnosis is mostly based on the patients' medical and diet history Those most susceptible are:

● People on PPI, NSAIDs and long-term medicine ● Suffering from one or more disease ● Have high-stress levels ● Have dietary risk factors such as; The Standard American Diet, ketogenic diet, low fat, high fat, high protein, high processed carb, low fibres, low fodmap diets and a standard Western diet. These diets are low in plant food diversity, and these diets are low in polyphenol which affects the microbiome which is the favourite food for the microbiome. A gut test would also be helpful to establish if dysbiosis is present in the gut and to assess if there are more bad bacteria than good ones. Here are the gut tests that are most commonly used in my clinic:

What are the symptoms of dysbiosis?

  • Chronic fatigue.

  • Digestive problems.

  • Trouble urinating.

  • Acid reflux or heartburn.

  • Vaginal or rectal infections or itching.

  • Food intolerance, gas, and bloating.

  • Inflammation and aching joints.

  • Acne, skin rashes, and psoriasis

Disease-associated with gut dysbiosis

  • Alcoholic liver disease

  • Coeliac disease

  • Crohn’s disease

  • Diverticular disease

  • IBS

  • Liver cirrhosis

  • Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease

  • Small intestinal bacteria overgrowth

  • Ulcerative colitis

  • Candida

  • Leaky gut

However, some diseases are connected with dysbiosis without having a gut condition.

  • Alzheimer's

  • Anxiety

  • Asthma

  • Atopic eczema

  • Autism

  • Depression (Gut-brain axis)

  • Chronic fatigue syndrome

  • Endometriosis

  • Kidney stones

  • Metabolic syndrome

  • Multi sclerosis

  • Obesity

  • Parkinson’s disease

  • Rheumatoid Arthritis

  • Type 1 and 2 diabetes

What to eat to rebalance my dysbiosis?

  • Increase your polyphenol food (beans, vegetables, green tea etc... )

  • Eat plenty of foods rich in prebiotic fibres (fibres food: beans, vegetables...)

  • Be careful with antibiotics or Medicine (unless it's essential for your own health)

Need personalised help?

If you are struggling with any dysbiosis symptoms, Book your free call and we can chat about what might be going on. As a gut specialist, I will help you find the root cause of your dysbiosis and help to re-establish a healthy gut.

Disclaimer: As a multilingual practitioner, you may occasionally notice some grammatical errors in my written work. If you have any questions relating to my content please do get in touch.