Updated: Jul 25, 2022
Dysbiosis is an imbalance in the gut microbiome. Dysbiosis can cause a wide range of ailments from mild discomfort to chronic health conditions.
Dysbiosis can cause:
GI distress - The most common symptom of dysbiosis is gastrointestinal distress, which includes discomfort, abdominal pain, bloating, diarrhoea, and constipation.
Decreased immune function - The bacteria of the GI tract play an important role in strengthening the immune system. Since immune-supporting vitamins and minerals are absorbed in the digestive system (and primarily in the small intestines), an overgrowth of harmful bacteria is negative. It prevents their absorption, decreases bioavailability, and lessens the ability to fight off illness and disease.
Increased risk of chronic disease - The risk of chronic disease increases with dysbiosis. This bacteria present in the GI tract enhance the positive effects of certain compounds (such as lignans and isoflavones). This causes a decrease in the bioavailability of these compounds which can lead to IBD, diabetes, heart disease, and certain cancers.
Remember, a healthy gut includes diversity.