What is it?…
Dysbiosis refers to an imbalance in the composition and/or function of the microorganisms (bacteria, fungi, viruses) that normally reside in the human gastrointestinal tract. This imbalance can result in an overgrowth of harmful microorganisms, a decrease in beneficial microorganisms, or both, leading to a disruption in the normal physiological functions of the gut and potential adverse health outcomes. There are more and more studies coming out on the relationship between our gut and brain, our gut and hormones, and gut and autoimmune conditions.
Hi, I’m Cathy, Holistic Dietitian and Gut Health Coach, owner of Nutrition Wellness Life, and Mum to 3 little munchkins. I love working with women who are struggling with digestive issues to help improve energy levels, reduce stress, and have a happier gut!
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How do I know if I have it?
There are several ways to check for dysbiosis, including laboratory tests (such as stool analysis), as well as clinical symptoms and patient history. Stool analysis can provide information on the abundance and diversity of gut microorganisms, as well as their metabolic activities and potential pathogenicity. Microbiome sequencing can provide a more comprehensive assessment of the gut microbiome, identifying specific microbes and their potential functions. Clinical symptoms and patient history can also provide valuable information, such as gastrointestinal symptoms, food intolerances, antibiotic use, and other factors that may contribute to dysbiosis.
In order to address dysbiosis, a personalized approach is recommended, taking into account individual patient characteristics, such as genetics, lifestyle, diet, and environmental factors. Interventions may include dietary modifications, probiotics, prebiotics, and other targeted therapies aimed at restoring a healthy balance of gut microorganisms and improving overall health and wellness.
I hope this has helped to clarify what dysbiosis is, how to know if you have it, and what to do about it.
Until next time, stay well, enjoy your whole foods and take your time.
Yours in good health and wellness,