Signs You Have Too Much Bad Bacteria in Your Gut

Filed Under: Digestive Health, Gut Bacteria & Probiotics
Last Reviewed 09/10/2015

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Dysbacteriosis is linked to many health conditions

Generally speaking, if you have frequent digestive symptoms and/or discomfort, you likely have an issue with the balance of good and bad bacteria in the gut.

What is often overlooked, however, is that many other ongoing health problems can be related to unhealthy digestive microflora as well. Sometimes the issues are due to an overgrowth of pathogenic bacteria like candida, but they also may result from weaknesses in the gut membrane. Healthy gut bacteria produce byproducts that help keep the intestinal lining strong, and without enough good bacteria to manufacture these substances, the intestinal tract becomes highly suceptible to damage. Inflammation then leads to ulceration, which destroys areas of the mucosal lining of the intestinal wall. These "breaks" allow disease-causing bacteria, toxins, and undigested food particles to pass directly into the bloodstream, where they disrupt the the body's normal function in many ways.

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Any imbalance of normal bacterial flora is referred to as dysbacteriosis. Here are some of the signs the problem affects you.

Digestive symptoms associated with too much bad gut bacteria:

Other symptoms of gut flora imbalance may include:

  • Hormonal problems
  • PMS
  • Menstrual complaints
  • Prostate trouble
  • Breast enlargement in men
  • Need for sexual hormone medication
  • Candida infection (candidiasis)
  • Chronic anemia
  • Chronic respiratory problems
  • Dairy product allergies and intolerances
  • Vitamin B deficiencies
  • High cholesterol levels
  • Neurological problems
  • Severe bruising problems
  • Chronic vaginal infections
  • Chronic bladder infections
  • Osteoporosis
  • Sarcopenia

Besides symptoms, another good indicator of your bowel health is the pH of your stool. The pH scale measures how acidic or how alkaline something is. It runs from 0 (the most acidic reading) to 14 (the most alkaline reading). The midpoint 7 is neutral (like distilled water). The pH of your stool should be slightly acidic. Learn an easy way to test your stool pH.

If you suffer from any of these health problems, try taking steps to restore the good bacteria in your gut.

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