Although these bacteria are throughout the entire human body, some areas of the body are more concentrated with bacteria. One of these areas is the gut, or gastrointestinal tract.
Some experts claim there can be as much as 2 to 3 pounds of bacteria within the gastrointestinal tract. Undoubtedly, these bacteria are a very important part of our gastrointestinal tract, and thus, our digestion and overall health!
As with all of the bacteria in the body, we strive for a healthy ratio of 80% beneficial bacteria and 20% harmful bacteria in the gut. A few of the “bad guys” are actually okay because they help keep the immune system in check and working properly.
What we do not want is for this ratio of beneficial versus harmful bacteria to get out of balance (for example, only 60% beneficial bacteria and as much as 40% harmful bacteria). This imbalance between beneficial and harmful bacteria is known as dysbiosis and is very damaging to our overall health.
There are many symptoms of gut dysbiosis, including but not limited to the following:
Many diseases and conditions are the result of poor gut health and poor digestion.
Hippocrates was a Greek physician who lived more than 1500 years ago and was known as the founding father of modern medicine. Hippocrates understood the importance of good gut health when he said, “all disease begins in the gut.”
If you struggle with digestion or are unsure whether or not dysbiosis is a condition you are living with, I highly recommend having a live blood cell screening. It will reveal indications of gut dysbiosis and other gut related health concerns.
This will allow me to make recommendations specific to your own needs to reverse the negative effects of poor gut health, and likewise, poor digestion.
Call today to make your appointment and let’s get started replenishing the good bacteria and fighting the bad!
Elizabeth Shepard, BS
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