Complications of Dysbiosis
Bacterial dysbiosis can sometimes cause a number of inflammatory diseases which affect the bowels, skin, or connective tissues. It may also lead to a severe fungal infection, since normal microflora usually suppresses the fungi. The complications linked with bacterial dysbiosis include:
The majority of patient with atopic eczema were found to have subtle malabsorption and dysbiosis of the small intestine. Treatment using natural antibiotics made from grapefruit seeds was shown to considerably improve the condition of the patients with atopic eczema. One of the reasons why grapefruit seed extract is more preferable to standard antibiotics is because it has anti-fungal activity, which prevents secondary candidosis from developing.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Studies have shown that patients with irritable bowel syndrome are very likely to have abnormal fecal flora. These patients usually have a decreased concentration of anaerobes and increased concentration of aerobic bacteria. Most of these patients have undergone treatment using antibiotics (particularly metronidazole), which are believed to be the cause of this disorder.
This is a condition during which fungi that are always present within the human body grow out of control. The main type of fungi responsible for candidiasis is Candida albicans. Usually these fungi harmlessly reside in and on every part of our body. However, when the body’s immune defenses are compromised or when the native benign bacteria are suppressed (especially by antibiotics), the fungi can begin to multiply.
Candidiasis can affect many parts of the body and its symptoms may range from mild to very severe. If the body’s defenses are completely exhausted, the candidiasis can overwhelm the entire body, causing depression, fatigue, anxiety, and immune system malfunction. Sometimes, especially in elderly patients, this condition can cause death.
If left untreated any type of dysbiosis can lead to dire consequences as it can cause severe fungal infection or even cancer. Bacterial enzymes degrade pancreatic enzymes, cause damage to intestinal brush border, deconjugate bile acids, causing them to become toxic, and deconjugate estrogens, enabling their reabsorption. All this causes systemic malfunctions within the body and an increased risk of cancer. On the other hand, treatment of dysbiosis in most cases is very easy and quickly brings the patient back to health.