Healing a Dysbiotic Gut

What is gut dysbiosis?

The human body contains colonies of bacteria, as well as viruses, and fungi called the microbiota (1). When an imbalance between “good” and “bad” bacteria takes place in the gut microbiome, gut dysbiosis can occur as these bacterial colonies are reduced or proliferate to the point of disturbing the normal balance of the microbiome (2).

The “gut” typically refers to any part of the digestive tract (which is a long tube from the mouth to the anus) but is often used to describe the stomach and intestines (3).

A balanced gut microbiome is important because it provides energy and nutrients (vitamins) the human body needs, and protection against pathogens, while it strengthens the gut maintaining the integrity of the mucosal barrier, shapes intestinal cells, and regulates host immunity (1).