If the pathogenic bacteria gain the upper hand we speak about a disturbed colony or dysbiosis. The healthy bacteria have reduced capability to carry out their physiological tasks such as preventing colonisation of pathogenic bacteria, viruses and fungi.
Dysbiosis can result from a low-fibre diet over an extended period or from the consumption of antibiotics. In the worst cases, the dysbiosis can lead to permeability of the intestinal mucosa. Harmful substances that affect the immune system can then be absorbed into our system more easily and the immune system is under continuous stress. We often become ill and develop tendencies towards allergies or neurodermatitis.