Dysbiosis: What is it?

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You’ve probably heard the term dysbiosis, and you might be wondering what exactly it means. Today I’m going to share what I’ve learned about gut dysbiosis, and what I did about it when I experienced it. 

What I did for gut dysbiosis

What is dysbiosis?

Our bodies are full of microbes, both inside of us and on us. These microbes are necessary, and do lots of important things. Without them, we couldn’t live! But, imbalances can develop (source). 

The name for an imbalance in our body’s flora is dysbiosis. There can be a microbial imbalance in our gut flora, skin flora, and other areas of the body.

I talk about gut dysbiosis in connection with the GAPS diet in this post, where I cover the GAPS diet for dummies, part 2: our personal ecosystem

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What are some symptoms of dysbiosis?

Usually when people talk about dsybiosis, they are referring to gut dsybiosis. It is important to know that the microbes that populate our gut actually influence the balance of microbes in the rest of our bodies, too.

When dysbiosis happens, various illnesses can result (source). Here are some symptoms of gut dsybiosis:

  • Bad breath
  • Constipation
  • Cramping
  • Diarrhea 
  • Gas
  • Bloating
  • Itching
  • Rashes
  • Fatigue
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Brain fog
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Food sensitivities and in tolerances

What is gut dysbiosis

My experience with gut dysbiosis

In my late teens and early twenties, my health started to deteriorate. I experienced fatigue, frequent headaches, horrible cystic acne, and I was underweight. 

It took a while for me to figure out what was going on, but eventually I discovered the root cause: gut dysbiosis. After discovering the GAPS diet, I started on it and have never looked back. 

It was exactly what I needed! I used the GAPS diet to rebuild my gut, and to restore the balance of beneficial bacteria in my digestive tract. Doing this enabled me to get rid of all of my chronic health issues, and gain vibrant good health. 

In this post I talk more about how the GAPS diet helped myself, my husband, and my son and how the GAPS diet changed our lives. One of the most important parts of the GAPS diet is fermented foods. Read all about sauerkraut benefits here. If you want lots of ideas for what to eat with sauerkraut, get 38 ideas here.

Have you experienced dysbiosis?

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What I did for my gut dysbiosis

More on the GAPS diet

The GAPS diet explained in a nutshell

The GAPS diet for dummies, part 1

How to start the GAPS diet

How the GAPS diet changed our lives: GAPS diet before and after

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