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Putting together a list of dysbiosis symptoms can be very difficult because the condition of gut dysbiosis is not completely understood.  What causes it is very clear,  but when it comes to symptoms,  these things can be very hard to prove.  Dysbiosis has not been studied very much either.

This is partially because of the fact that mainstream medicine is hesitant to accept the fact that prescription drugs are not the answer to all of our problems.  Also,  this internal bacterial ecosystem that we all have is very complex.  The human body is complex,  and every part of the body relies on other parts of the body for proper function.  This is the concept of holism.

What is Dysbiosis?

If you’ve already read some of my descriptions of what dysbiosis is then please skip down to the section below.  In brief terms,  intestinal dysbiosis is a condition caused by a disruption to the natural flora that inhabit our bowels.

The beneficial bacteria can be killed off or supressed by different means.  A refined,  processed,  high carbohydrate diet can cause candida overgrowth.  Candida,  and all yeast,  thrive off of carbohydrates.  If you doubt this,  consider the process of brewing alcohol.  You need 2 basic ingredients,  yeast,  and a carbohydrate source.

Probably the biggest cause of dysbiosis is antibiotics.  Antibiotics save lives,  and if you’re sick,  you should definitely take one.  But there is a price to pay.  Antibiotics kill most harmful bacteria,  but they kill the healthy bacteria as well.  Many women will come down with a vaginal yeast infection after a single round of antibiotics.

Dysbiosis Symptoms-Bacterial

As far as a list of intestinal dysbiosis symptoms from bacterial invaders,  there is not a large,  clear cut list.  Most of the harmful intestinal bacteria cause GI distress,  usually diarrhea.  And when you understand why we need our beneficial probiotic bacteria,  it becomes pretty clear why.

C. Diff.  Doubles in Children

When I first read this report I was shocked.  Cases of Clostridium difficile (C. diff) have more than doubled in children in the past 10 years.  Why could there be such a large increase in these dangerous bowel infections?

While this is difficult to prove,  antibiotics may be the cause.  One man involved in the study made a vague but clear reference to the “changing bacterial communities in our bodies.”  And it should also be noted that most cases of C. diff occur after a round of antibiotics.

As a parent,  I know that kids get sick and they need their antibiotics.  But after a round of antibiotics,  it’s a good idea to take a round of probiotics.  There are several probiotics for children available.  Never give a child a supplement meant for an adult without first consulting a pediatrition.

Dysbiosis Symptoms-Candida

  • Food intolerance
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Sinus infections
  • PMS
  • Food cravings
  • Ear infections
  • Yeast and other vaginal infections
  • Chronic cystitis
  • Fluid retention
  • Hormonal imbalance
  • Inflammation of the digestive tract
  • Sore throats
  • Chest problems
  • Infections of the penis and scrotum
  • Allergies
  • Skin problems
  • Muscle and joint pain
  • Nail-bed infections
  • Obesity
  • Athlete’s foot
  • Being underweight    Source:  (List only)  Candida-A Natural Approach by Shirley Trickett & Karen Brody.

Autoimmune diseases are another area where dysbiosis may have some influence. This has not been proven,  but in my opinion,  our gut bacteria do more than just take up space so the bad guys can’t take hold.  Their presence appears to have an effect on antibodies.  I’ve heard about cases where autoimmune diseases have gone into remission just from clearing out the candida.

Remember that this list of gut dysbiosis symptoms is surely incomplete,  just for the sheer fact that the science and research is in it’s infancy.  A daily probiotic is an excellent preventative measure one can take to help ward off any potential problems from these harmful bugs.