Gas and bloating are embarrassing problems that plague millions of Americans. Sometimes gas and bloating can be accompanied by pain and discomfort as well.
If you have these problems on a weekly bases or when you eat specific foods like beans, then consider that you have imbalances with the digestive tract. The term dysbiosis is a term denoting an imbalance in the flora of the digestive tract and this is usually the cause of the symptoms of gas, bloating, digestive tract cramping and pain.
Humans and micro-organisms have a created a beneficial relationship in our digestive system, specifically in the large intestine/colon. This relationship creates the flora of the digestive system examples are acidolphilus or probiotics.
There are at least nine different types of micro-organisms that are beneficial and suppose to be part of the digestive flora. The micro-organisms perform functions like synthesizing vitamins and becoming fuel for the intestinal cells. This is important to the digestive process. When the digestive flora is in balance, gas and bloating is at a bare minimum.
However when the digestive flora is imbalanced it creates room for harmful micro-organism to populate the colon and these harmful critters cause the embarrassing and painful symptoms of dysbiosis.
What are the ways that the digestive system develops dysbiosis? Antibiotics are one of the causes because antibiotics kill harmful bacteria but it also kills the good bacteria in the colon as well. Dietary reasons that create dysbiosis are high protein, high sugar, highly processed foods or fast food diets, low fiber diets or food allergies, and altered intestinal pH. Stress, low immune function, malabsorption of nutrients, intestinal infections, and problems with digestive secretions like low stomach acid, and lack of digestive enzymes.
One of challenges of dysbiosis is it can be created in the body from a poor diet and stress -- which many Americans deal with on a daily basis.
How to you combat dysbiosis once you recognize that you have the problem? First always address the underlying cause.