Root Cause Area #4: Intestinal Dysbiosis
Intestinal Dysbiosis means that there is an overgrowth of pathological micro-organisms in the gut; not just bad bacteria, but very possibly an array of nasty opportunistic organisms; bacteria, viruses, parasites, yeast, mold, fungus, worms, etc. As you might recall from my Day One Blog, one of the first principles of Functional Nutrition is that “nothing is neutral” and so it is with the organisms living in our gut.
The healthy organisms in the gut, the “probiotics” consume our food, process the food through their microscopic bodies and produce waste products. The waste products from the probiotic organisms produce healthy GI effects; balanced pH (no gas, no bloating), better absorption of nutrients, normal bowel movements, stronger immune systems. Some of the “waste products” from probiotics include the production of B-vitamins and some of the most effective natural antibiotics ever discovered. One of the most important things we can do for our health is to nourish and expand the beneficial influence of the probiotics in our gut.
It’s important to understand that nothing is neutral. Through all the choices in our diet and lifestyle (but mostly our diet) we are either actively feeding and growing the healthy organisms in our gut; the probiotics: or we are actively feeding and growing the pathological organisms in our gut leading to conditions of Intestinal Dysbiosis which includes SIBO (Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth). The list of negative symptoms associated with these conditions is almost endless: http://www.healingdigestiveillness.com/disease.html
This “human microbiome” can be living in symbiosis (harmony) or dysbiosis (disharmony). This miniature ecosystem living inside our bodies exerts an enormous influence on our health including being responsible for 80% of the anti-body producing components of our immune system. If the balance of microbial cells in the gut is healthy chances are good that we are healthy. If the balance of microbial cells in the gut is unhealthy chances are good that we are unhealthy. It is this simple. And it’s not enough in many cases to simply add probiotics to the mix and everything becomes normalized. Although adding probiotics to the mix of complementary habits in our diet and lifestyle is absolutely part of the solution to anyone’s gut health challenges.
For a complete explanation of how to address and eliminate the problem of Intestinal Dysbiosis and how to effectively restore and then maintain the proper balance of healthy probiotic organisms in the gut, you are going to have to get a copy of my book; Healing Digestive Illness. There is just no shortcut to the problem of Intestinal Dysbiosis. The good news is that it is not complicated either but it does take most people an average of 3-5 weeks to effectively resolve.
An unhealthy gut will overrule and ruin your life. Understanding the gut rules and how to regain and maintain the health of this amazing “garden within” is one of the most important root cause areas of our overall health and well-being and may turn out to be the most important root cause area of all.
Food is the soil from which the tree of our own life is grown. The gut rules!