By Alane Palmer, ND, CNC
There are many types of gut flora. The ones I am interested in seeing are beneficial flora, imbalanced flora and dysbiotic flora along with infectious pathogens. Good bacteria levels normally lead to good health and wellness instead of sickness and disease.
There is plenty of scientific research indicating that optimal levels of Lactobacilli, Bifidobacteria and beneficial E. coli bacteria are helpful for gut function and the overall health of the individual. Good bacteria also help produce nutrients that our body needs like B vitamins that help with stress and energy. It is also necessary to have an optimal level of good bacteria so yeast like Candida do not populate. If there is room for yeast to grow, it normally does. If the gut environment is friendly to yeast growth, it will try to take over the gut environment. This can lead to yeast overgrowth symptoms.
When there is an over abundance of bad bacteria this can lead to dysbiosis. This occurs from things like, too many antibiotics, unclean drinking water, poor dietary habits, low fiber diet, high stress. Many people use a probiotic. This is normally a good habit but the one you are using may not be beneficial to your individual needs.
People with IBS tend to have either low beneficial bacteria, several harmful bacteria, a parasite or a yeast overgrowth that are contributing to the symptoms of IBS. Either way we do not believe in guessing and using products that you do not need or that might exacerbate your condition. We recommend you consider a stool IBS test kit. This test will show you if your bacteria are balanced or not and if there is a flora issue which may be causing your IBS symptoms. A free protocol is sent to you along with easy to understand test results.
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