Intestinal dysbiosis (also referred to as dysbacteriosis), is a term used to describe an imbalance or deficiency in the gut involving both healthy and unhealthy organisms. It has long been known that many of these organisms are harmless, but it has recently been discovered that they can also be very beneficial.
So what about the unhealthy organism? These can include bacteria, fungus, and even parasites. For the purposes of this discussion I will be focusing on fungus, in particular Candida. While the long list dysbiosis symptoms is up for debate and not well understood, the list of steps one can take for dysbiosis treatment are fairly straightforward.
Once you understand the fundamentals of this condition, then the steps that I will lay out in the following paragraphs will make perfect sense. The thing to keep in mind is that this is a multifaceted approach, and for best results, you should incorperate all of these into your plan.
Step #1-Add Healthy Bacteria
This may sound extremely simple, and it is! This is good news because figuring out what to do is a large part of the battle. And there are 2 very easy ways to do this.
Take a quality probiotic supplement. The research on the benefits of probiotics is vast and goes back over 100 years to the discovery of lactobacillus acidophilus. While there are many probiotic containing foods, a supplement is a better choice because of the sheer amounts of live bugs in a quality supplement. Also, many are shielded from stomach acid to release in the intestines, otherwise, 99% of the bugs are killed off by stomach acid.
Take a soluble fiber supplement. The benefits of fiber for heart health and regularity are well known. But there is one that is not often mentioned, soluble fiber is a natural food source for our beneficial probiotic bacteria. Maybe you’ve been hearing about “prebiotics” lately. A prebiotic is basically just soluble fiber.
The most widely known soluble fiber is psyllium husk. And while it works well for all of the above mentioned purposes, it is not well tolerated by some and can cause gut pain. A better option is glucomannan fiber. It is derived from the root of the konjac plant and is also not grain based. The only reported glucomannan side effects have been abdominal discomfort, but it is better tolerated than psyllium.
Step #2-Kill The Yeast
As stated earlier, dysbiosis is a broad term used to refer to an imbalance. But the most common of these is Candida overgrowth. While most people are aware of conditions such as vaginal yeast infections and maybe oral thrush, they do not understand how an overgrowth of yeast in the intestines can cause a whole host of problems all it’s own.
There are several anti-candida supplements that work very well, these include olive leaf extract, oil of oregano, caprylic acid, raw unpasteurized apple cider vinegar, and astragalus.
So which should you take? Many experts recommend a treatment plan called the herb rotation cycle. Pick any 2, and take for a period of time, perhaps 2-6 months. Then switch to another 2 and continue for a period. You may find a combination that works particularly well for you and decide to stick with that, remember we are all different.
Step #3-Watch Your Diet
This step is really just a continuation of the first 2, but it is so important that I decided to include it separately. Your treatment efforts will be in vain if you do not follow a proper dysbiosis diet routine.
Eat plenty of raw and probiotic containing foods such as yogurt, kefir, raw sauerkraut, and cottage cheese. Eat lots of soluble fiber containing foods such as apples, berries, and vegetables.
Avoid sugars and simple starches. Remember, yeast LOVES carbohydrates. If you doubt this, consider the essential ingredients for brewing alcohol…yeast, and a grain or sugar. Avoid potatoes, sugary fruits such as melons and pineapple, and even whole grains until your candida problem has cleared up. Then you can slowly add them back in.
The important step is to take action, even if you don’t follow every step perfectly, something is better than nothing. Investing in our health is our own responsibility, and ours alone. Just be persistent in your efforts and you WILL be rewarded. Good luck.