Dysbiosis is a term historically associated with the study of digestive flora, particularly around the 20th Century. This term primarily relates to the imbalance in our digestive flora due to various influences such as alcohol, medications, and stress. Different types of dysbiosis exist, and a deeper dive into this topic can be found in the book “Digestive Wellness.” Another informative read delves into stomach-related topics.
One prevalent form of dysbiosis is “putrefactive dysbiosis,” seen predominantly in individuals who consume excessive protein from sources like eggs, fish, chicken, and even beans. Symptoms of this form include headaches, fatigue, brain fog, and general malaise. An overgrowth of specific bacteria can lead to vitamin B-12 deficiencies, presenting symptoms like depression, numbness, and tingling in extremities. There’s also a link between this form and a higher risk of bowel cancer, especially with high red meat consumption.
“Fermentation dysbiosis” relates to the overgrowth of yeast, leading to gas production. Symptoms include bloating and large volumes of flatulence. Consuming excessive sugars or processed foods can exacerbate this condition. This form of dysbiosis is quite prevalent.
|Type of Dysbiosis||Common Causes||Symptoms|
|Putrefactive||High protein||Headaches, fatigue, etc.|
|Fermentation||High sugar||Bloating, flatulence|
|Deficiency||Antibiotics||Low beneficial bacteria count|
|Sensitive||Various||Sensitivity to foods|
Another type is “deficiency dysbiosis,” commonly triggered by antibiotics. Prolonged exposure to antibiotics, even through the consumption of commercial poultry, can lead to this imbalance. Lastly, “sensitive dysbiosis” refers to individuals who are more reactive to certain foods, possibly leading to autoimmune disorders when combined with other underlying health issues.
Understanding dysbiosis is crucial for maintaining gut health. Identifying which form affects you can lead to better management and treatment strategies.
Disclaimer: This blog post is intended for informational purposes only. Please consult with your healthcare professional for personalized advice and before making any significant changes to your health regimen.