A healthy result should fall into the range 57000000000 - 304000000000 Units.
Gram-negative Bacteroidetes and grampositive Firmicutes are bacterial phyla that dominate the entire human digestive tract, including the mouth, nose, throat, and colon. An abnormal result in one or both of these phylum suggest imbalanced normal microbes in the GI tract. Further, high Firmicutes and low Bacteroidetes (resulting in a high F/B ratio) suggest microbial imbalance which may be related to increased caloric extraction from food, fat deposition and lipogenesis, impaired insulin sensitivity, and increased inflammation.
- Poor diet
Possible therapeutic Approaches & Considerations:
- Balance commensal bacteria
- When Firmicutes phyla is high, consider using Bifidobacteria probiotics and Saccharomyces boulardii primarily.
- Lactobacillus spp. and Bacillus spp. (found in probiotics) can elevate Firmicutes
- Optimize the diet; a lower fat diet may help to normalize Firmicutes levels
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