When we’re born our digestive tracts are completely sterile, but then we start to undergo “colonization” by an amazingly diverse array of microbes.
Unfortunately, some of us get started off in life with less-than-optimal GI ecosystems, and by the age of about two (unless you move to another country or make drastic changes in your diet) your flora is more or less set. For others who begin with a healthy floral balance, microbial imbalances (aka dys-biosis) can develop later on: after a particularly stressful period in life, an illness, as a consequence of prescription meds, or even by way of a junk-food or drinking habit.
Imbalanced gut flora can lead to gas, bloating, cramps, headaches, joint problems and more.
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