What is Dysbiosis?

Dysbiosis is a term used to describe an internal imbalance of the body. Most often it is used to describe a specific imbalance in the micro flora of the body’s intestinal system. Our intestinal systems, which are comprised of the small and large intestines, break down food for our bodies to use as energy and help excrete waste and toxins. In order to accomplish this task our intestinal systems are host to a myriad of microorganisms.

These microorganisms are present in a unique ratio of “good” bacteria and yeasts (candida) that work, ideally, in accord to help the body function at its optimal level. Unfortunately, this balance is often disrupted by numerous external factors. The modern diet filled with exorbitant amounts of processed and sugar laden foods, overuse of antibiotics and parasites are all contributing factors. Any of these factors coupled with the stress of living in modern day society promote dysbiosis. The state of dysbiosis is what gives rise to candidiasis, an overgrowth of yeast in the intestinal system.

Once dysbiosis occurs it is extremely hard to restore the body’s balance. Symptoms of dysbiosis are extremely vague and this may be one of the reasons that this condition is unrecognized by mainstream medicine. Symptoms of dysbiosis include but are not limited to: irritable bowel syndrome, diarrhea, constipation, chronic bacterial vaginosis, chronic yeast infections, menstrual disturbances and fatigue. These wide range of seemingly unrelated symptoms make it extremely hard for an accurate diagnosis and hence treatment to occur.

Although it is hard for health care practitioners to recognize this as a real condition it should be considered for people that have been experiencing chronic health problems with no explanation for a long period of time. Exploring a patient’s history for overuse of antibiotics and poor dietary habits may give some insight into their susceptibility of experiencing dysbiosis. Many patients seek answers from doctors for years and are still unable to pinpoint what it is that is making them so sick.

Fortunately many alternative care practitioners do recognize the many factors that play a role in disrupting our body’s balance. These practitioners advocate the fact that treating the root cause of disease, dysbiosis, instead of just the symptoms is paramount to the elimination of chronic health problems. Many alternative care practitioners utilize different methods of treating patients, such as diets, herbal supplements, chiropractic, acupuncture and massage. The Candida Diet is one of the methods frequently used by alternative care practitioners along with other treatments to combat dysbiosis.

The Candida Diet helps reduce or eliminate the overgrowth of opportunistic Candida Albicans that have flourished in the body causing ill health as a result of dysbiosis. Once Candida is reduced to normal levels, balance in the body can be restored. The Candida diet in conjunction with other treatments has been extremely helpful to many patients who thought they would never find help. For more information on the Candida Diet visit Yeast Free Living.