The human microbiome is a subtle and sensitive balance of microbes in your intestinal tract. These microbes that reside inside of your body can tend to have a finicky nature.
They are wildly sensitive to the foods you eat, your environment, your stress levels and a host of other stimuli. Let’s talk about what Dysbiosis of the gut is, why you may have it, the symptoms and how to cure yourself of this common malady.
What Did You Call Me? Dysbiosis Of The Gut Flora
I promise, I didn’t call you a name. Scientifically speaking, dysbiosis occurs when the symbiotic microbes that compose your microbiome reduce and parasitic, or pathogenic, bacteria occupy the majority.
I know, it sounds complicated. It truly isn’t. Dysbiosis simply means that the extremely healthy bacteria that help you digest food properly, create your immune system and carry out important processes in your body die off.
Because your gut is composed of a microbiome something has to live in your gut. If the good bacteria die off often times the parasitic and pathogenic bacteria live.
When these good bacteria are not present our body can go into all sorts of symptomatic episodes. People experience many different diseases from this imbalance of the gut flora.
They continue to inject themselves with medicines and pop pills that disrupt the homeostasis of the gut flora even more. Never truly getting to the root of the problem.
Why You Might Have Dysbiosis of the Gut
The question often asked is, “how did I get here?” It’s not a simple answer. There are many reasons that one might be dealing with Dysbiosis of the gut.
The world does not promote a healthy and robust gut flora. Especially, in the American diet, the gut flora is decimated. All while leaving our health in shambles.
Main causal factors of this issue arise from the overuse and overprescription of antibiotics in our culture. You don’t only ingest antibiotics when you’re taking a pill. There are many sneaky ways they find their way into your system.
Most are not aware of the antibiotic use on livestock used in the food supply. According to the FDA 80% off all antibiotics produced in the world are used to stave off disease in Factory Farms (1).
That number should alarm you. That’s the meat that you’re eating in your home, in your local restaurant and in your favorite fast food joint. This meat is wreaking havoc on your body.
You also will receive antibiotics from your drinking water. That’s right. When people urinate they are passing antibiotics through their system. This contaminates the water supply and finds its way into our drinking water(2). Also, antibiotics are not the only pharmaceutical found in the water supply. Check out the report linked here.
Then, there are the heavy doses of antibiotics that are doled out by your physician. All of these add up to a decimated gut flora. The kind that causes all sorts of diseases. Now let’s discuss some of the symptoms.
Signs and Symptoms of Dysbiosis
The list of symptoms is long when it relates to dysbiosis. It seems that almost any disease can be linked to it. Yet, let’s talk about some of the most fascinating ones first. Then we’ll go over a small list all backed up by scientific study.
The one that absolutely blows my mind is the link between obesity and gut dysbiosis (3). Yet, this one is the easiest scientific link to make. It all relates to a gut out of balance.
Most folks seem like they can eat anything and not put on a pound. The reason being they have a wide diversity of gut flora. When they eat excess amounts of carbs their body doesn’t absorb them like an overweight persons’ body might.
Those that have a lean figure have something so much more than good genes. Those that are overweight have an overabundance of Carbohydrate burning microbes. These microbes cause the body to absorb far too many carbohydrates which causes weight gain.
Another symptom of dysbiosis relates to brain fog. That’s right, the gut flora being out of balance can cause cognitive impairment (4). The research and human anatomy is quite clear on the issue. The gut directly connects to the brain and central nervous system.
Other major symptoms of dysbiosis include but are not limited to, cystic fibrosis (5), hypertension (6), vulnerability to dementia (7), liver failure (8), Irritable Bowel Syndrome (9), and a host of other ailments.
How Do I Fix This?
If you want to fix this problem you need to take some extreme steps toward a healthy lifestyle. It’s not impossible but some changes must be made.
First of all, you need to rid yourself of all antibiotics as soon as possible. Obviously, there are extreme cases where you would need to take a dosage of antibiotics. Especially, if recommended by your licensed practitioner or Naturopathic Doctor. However, other than that you need to cut out conventionally raised meat.
Whether it’s chicken, cow or fish you need to get this food out of your diet. Seek out the grass fed and antibiotic free meats. Some restaurants are even beginning to adopt this principle with their meat selections. This is not an impossible step.
Secondly, you need to introduce fermented foods into your daily diet This is a critical step as it’s going to begin to reseed your gut with good gut flora. There are so many options from the store available today. Here is a list to go buy immediately and begin ingesting daily.
- Kefir (goat or cow’s milk), preferably organic, grass fed and raw
- Yogurt (sheep, goat or cow), preferably organic and grass fed
- Kombucha (I love GT’s but making it on your own is best)
- Lacto-fermented Vegetables (not pickled)
- Sauerkraut (must be lacto-fermented)
- A High Quality Probiotic Supplement
- Cheese (goat, cow or sheeps), preferably organic, grass fed and raw
Adding these foods couldimprove your gut flora immediately. It can be an amazing way to boost your gut flora and kill of the carbohydrate burning microbes if your overweight. Simply adding these foods will dramatically improve the diversity of your gut.
Thirdly, I highly recommend a radical diet change. I personally think that the Ketogenic diet is the way to go. It’s a diet in which you switch your body from burning carbohydrates to burning fat.
This starves the carbohydrate burning microbes in your gut and the parasites thriving off of sugar. Being in ketosis means that you are regularly consuming between 20-50g of net carbs daily. Net carbs is your grams of fiber minus your total carbohydrates consumed.
Your ratios should be 8-10% protein, 10-15% Carbohydrates and the rest of your diet healthy fats. This includes Avocado, olive oil, cheeses, yogurts, olives, and coconut oil. I personally use an App called the Chronometer. I adjust my ratios as such and input all of my food that I eat along with exercise to make sure I’m hitting my ratios.
Well, there you have it. You have tools to regulate gut dysbiosis. Not only could you slim down, fast, but you’ll feel incredible too. I lost 18 pounds within the first few weeks of implementing all of these changes.
This has worked for me and if you do it you may see the results too. Let me know what you think in the comments below! If you have any questions please feel free to ask in the comments.