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Bacterial Overgrowth In The Gut

Updated: Nov 6, 2023

Written By: Balanced Friends

Gut health is one of our favorite topics at Balanced Friends! We help our private wellness clients all over the USA take back their gut health. Maybe you have heard words like SIBO, bacterial overgrowth, and candida. These are all words used to describe an imbalance of bacteria in the gut. Our gut is a balance of good and bad bacteria. Each plays their own role in our health and balance is key. If the bad bacteria outnumber the good bacteria known as bacterial overgrowth, it can lead to unwanted symptoms like --

Bacterial Overgrowth Symptoms






weak immunity

acid reflux

inflammatory disorders

low mood & serotonin production

learning dysfunction

neurological issues⁠





chronic headache,

weight loss

joint pain


UTI (urinary tract infections)⁠

We believe that a gut imbalance is the most common root cause to many illnesses and diseases. We think partly because the gut lining can become damaged and food particles/proteins can leak into our body. The other reason could be from absorption issues in the gut. Poor absorption of food, vitamins, herbs, etc. can lead to depletion in the body. It's so important that we are able to properly absorb all the healthy nutrients we put into our body to meet it's daily nutritional requirements. Vitamin and nutritional deficiencies can lead to a host of additional unwanted symptoms.

Unfortunately, a gut imbalance is overlooked by Western Medicine leaving us to seek help from an Integrative Health Practitioner like us or a naturopathic doctor. At Balanced Friends,and we use at home functional medicine lab tests to detect an imbalance in the gut. We believe it's better to lab test than to waste money guessing what's going on in the body. The lab test we use to detect a gut imbalance is as simple as peeing in a cup, freezing it, then shipping it back! You can do this all from the comfort of your own home making it easier than ever to take your health back. No more missing work for doctor visits! A gut imbalance is extremely common and we see it on almost every lab test that comes back to us.

How does the bacteria get imbalanced?⁠ There are so many things that can throw off the delicate microbiome in the gut. The most common culprits include the use of antibiotics, hormonal birth control, food poisoning illness, under cooked food, chronic stress, alcohol, sucralose (Splenda), chlorine and fluoride in drinking water, a diet high in processed foods, and not being breastfed baby.⁠ A few other things that may lead to a gut imbalance include thyroid dysfunction, low stomach acid (think acid-blocking medications), chronic inflammation, and heavy metal toxicity.⁠

The gut really is the center of our well-being! It's why we are so passionate about it at Balanced Friends. It's true what they say - fix your gut - fix your health! We have seen our clients transform their lives after correcting their gut imbalances. One of our favorite client gut success stories was a time when our client got pregnant during the second month of the gut protocol after two years of infertility!!! It's so worth it to start with your gut when it comes to holistic health. You can find the exact link to the gut protocol that we use here. It can be done on your own, but we find clients have the best results when they work with us one one-on-one or in a group coaching setting. We hope you find this article helpful and we hope to have the opportunity to work with you soon!

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