Gut Dysbiosis

While the common person knows very little about “Gut Dysbiosis”, it is actually a very wide-spread condition that is affecting the ability of millions of people to lose weight.  The condition essentially disallows a person from properly digesting their food, and in turn, contributes towards poor eating habits.

“It’s amazing that such a widespread problem goes so widely undetected,” said Dr. Chad Oler, a Naturopathic Doctor at the Natural Path Health Center. “Especially since the long-term effects can be so significant.”

Gut Dysbiosis, in lay terms, is essentially an imbalance of flora (helpful bacteria and yeast) living in your digestive tract.  The flora are responsible for maintaining chemical balance in your body, maximizing immunity, improving digestion, and eliminating waste. Helping your body create nutrients it needs to break down food and eliminate toxins is a key responsibility of GI flora. 

When there are shifts in the balance of flora in the digestive tract, dysbiosis can occur.  Some factors that may shift the balance include, certain medications, alcohol, infections, stress, food chemicals and preservatives, and outside pollutants.

People suffering from Gut Dysbiosis often complain of stomach pain, acid reflux, bloating, and indigestion.  When improper digestion occurs, the brain signals that you are still hungry and must eat more.  Unfortunately, you don’t get the full nutritional value from your food, just the calories.  It is a deadly cycle which repeats itself time and time again.

Some people maintain a healthy diet despite Gut Dysbiosis.  Unfortunately for them, the inability to break down and absorb nutrients from these healthy foods will leave your body nutrient starved.  The more nutrient starved you become, the more weight you put on.

The condition also leads to food sensitivities.  As a result of improper digestion, a damaged stomach lining, or other immune dysfunctions, food sensitivities can occur.  A number of symptoms result from a sensitivity.  Runny nose, congestion, energy depletion, bone pain, headaches, and indigestion are frequent.

Unfortunately, once these sensitivities occur, the body often craves the foods that it has become sensitive to.  The immune attacks these foods like the are a foreign invader in the body.  Biochemical changes in your body are responsible for this paradox. 

Further, when these sensitive foods are eaten, the brain releases several chemicals which include endorphins, cortisol, and serotonin.  When this happens, our body is not only missing out on important nutrients, it has started craving all the wrong types of food.

Weight gain is the typical result.  As mentioned above, Gut Dysbiosis causes bloating.  Many people who have discovered offending foods have lost 2-6” off their midsection.  Inflammation in the gut is removed, thus lowering your waist circumference.

To make matters more complicated, the reactions that occur after eating an offending food often don’t occur until days later in some instances.  The term “delayed onset food allergies” applies here.  Without testing, determining the offending foods is difficult.

Blood tests at your doctor’s office is the most effective way to determine which offending foods are causing your symptoms and weight gain.  Once you have identified which foods are behind the symptoms, the healing process has already begun.  Transforming your diet and avoiding those foods for some time is recommended.  The flora in our GI tract can be rebuilt over time.  After a while, the detrimental foods can be gradually reintroduced to the diet.


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