Dysbiosis: The Six Stages
The word “microbiome” has only recently emerged in prominent literature throughout the past 5 years. Prior to that, the word had not gained common usage. Yet the word “probiotics” and the phrase “good and beneficial bacteria” have been commonly used in mainstream advertising for some time.
The gut microbiome refers to the bacterial colonies on the skin and in the intestinal tract, and it seems to be the latest new word in this ever-evolving health movement. This word has opened a new chapter; one that I believe simplifies everything we have ever thought about health. Dysbiosis is also known as “dysbacteriosis”; you may or may not have already heard of it, so let’s dive in.
I first discovered dysbiosis when I was speaking to our shop keeper at our local organic shop back in early 2012. Little did I know how important this word would be for my recovery that lay ahead. As I continued on, the word kept popping up every direction I turned, so I started to pay attention.
Even today dysbiosis has not been confirmed and accepted as a medical term. Slowly enough, it takes an average of 17 years for new medical research to be put into practice according to the Evolution of Medicine Summit 2015!
Dysbiosis refers to the stages of imbalance that affect microbial bacteria inside the gut and on the skin, our largest organ. As humans we are at a ratio of 10 to 1: that is 10 bacterial cells to every human cell. Mind boggling, I know! Perhaps we are not humans, after all, perhaps we are bacteria having a human experience! So it makes all the sense in the world to live in a way that nurtures and supports these incredible, yet invisible colonies that up until now, have been so underrated.
In recent times, the mainstream medical literature and media have brought forward the whole notion of the importance of bacteria. This is a massive shift in the way we think about germs, and it pleases me to see that this issue is no longer being dismissed. To shed some much-needed light on this unspoken topic I am going to briefly go through the 6 stages of dysbiosis so you can be aware of the changes that you may or may not be experiencing.
STAGE 1: The Gut Lining is Disturbed
Degrading lifestyle choices of alcohol, medications, processed food, stress, lack of sleep set you back. Excess carbohydrates; not enough good fats and sufficient protein in the diet. Anti-inflammatory drugs may be in use to treat the inflammation from microbial imbalance.
STAGE 2: Poor Nutrition Absorption Begins
Feelings of fatigue, negative thoughts, bloating, digestive discomfort kicks in.
STAGE 3: Inflammation in The Gut Lining Begins
Early stages of igG (immunoglobulin antibody) and TNF protein – which is a cell signaling protein involved in systemic inflammation increases in the blood. Increased level of calprotectin in stools as a result of food particles being leaked from the gut into the bloodstream. Low nutrition absorption accelerates.
STAGE 4: Leaky Gut Sets In (early stages)
Severe symptoms of excessive gas, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, cramps, mental fog, poor concentration, joint pain and skin conditions come up as a result of holes in the intestinal lining.
STAGE 5: Food Intolerances and Allergies Increase
You may be reacting to foods you never used to or be experiencing chronic skin conditions like Eczema, Psoriasis, Migraines, IBS, Sinusitis, Fibromyalgia.
STAGE 6: An Autoimmune Disorder May Present Itself
There are 80+ autoimmune disorders, some including… Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus, Coeliac Disease, Crohn’s, Ulcerative Colitis, Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis.
So it turns out that our bodies go on quite a journey based on a whole host of lifestyle factors before a full blown autoimmune disease occurs. Can you relate to any of these stages?
Have you experienced any yourself or seen this unfold with a friend or loved one? Post in the comments section below so we can learn from our experiences.
Peace, Love, Health
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