In a healthy digestive system, there is an adequate balance of healthy bacteria that is necessary to aid in proper digestion, this balance of when the digestive system is said to be in optimal health, is referred to as Symbiosis. On the contrary, when this healthy balance is upset and there is not an ideal number of healthy bacteria in the digestive tract (be it too many or too few) to keep the system functioning in an efficient manner this is known as Dysbiosis. This imbalance can be either due to an overgrowth of damaging organisms or an insufficiency of healthy, natural bacteria’s, of which the digestive tract needs in order to maintain optimal health.
Either of these scenarios generally lead to a presence of organisms that are unhealthy and detrimental to the digestive tract, such as Candida (or yeast), bacteria (the kind that doctors refer to as “unfriendly”), as well as protozoa. Where it is suspected by experts that the presence of such harmful organism actually bring about the onset of disease.
Symptoms of Dysbiosis
Here is a short list of the most common symptoms associated with Dysbiosis.
- An overwhelming feeling of fullness after eating
- Belching, excessive bloating, burping and flatulence after consuming meals
- Severe Indigestion after meals
- Rectal itching
- Fingernails that appear weak or cracked
- Iron deficiency
- Adult onset acne
- Enlarged capillaries on the face (such as cheeks and nose)
- Skin irritations such as rosacea
- Food that appears to be undigested in the stool
- Stools that appear greasy
- Absence of menstruation (where applicable)
- Chronic fatigue
The experts at Crohns.net say yhere are a number of causes that doctors and experts believe can cause an upset or imbalance in the ecology of the digestive tract, such as stress, suppressed immune system, diet, intestinal infections, frequent use of antibiotics and even inflammation.