Intestinal Health: How To Improve Your Gut Bacteria

   Intestinal microflora contains  more than 100,000 billion bacterial cells from over 400 different species of bacteria, 99% of which are anaerobic. They form a natural layer of “good” bacteria found in the gut and play an important role in digestion and immunity. Read More

  Intestinal flora participates in the synthesis of vitamins (vitamin B, vitamin K) and maintains a hostile environment for the installation of “bad” bacteria.  At the same time, it facilitates digestion, it balances the PH, stimulates the synthesis of immunoglobulins, synthesizes the nutrients necessary to maintain the health of body and helps to regulate the bowel function.

   The destruction of normal gut bacteria activity leads to disorders and serious infections.

  Symptoms –  During the digestive process, it occurs an excess of toxic substances, which, in the absence of intestinal flora, are not correctly processed by the liver. Further, these toxins spread throughout the body, resulting in an auto-intoxication.     Symptoms may be numerous but not specific and can evolve in other diseases. They can manifest as bloating, diarrhea, constipation, indigestion, flatulence, stomachache, eczema, fatigue, headaches, memory problems, depression, colitis, arthritis, obesity , diabetes, cardiovascular disease or cancer.

   Frequent urination and vaginal infections are a sign of a disturbed intestinal flora and weakened immunity.

Causes:

   The gut bacteria  balance is very sensitive. The disruption of this balance may come from many factors:

– Pills or chemotherapy

– Antibiotics

– Some digestive diseases, surgeries

– Prolonged consumption of canned, drastic diets

– Abuse of meat, fat, sugar, coffee, sweets or alcohol

– Smoking or prolonged stress

  Probiotics (“good” bacteria) and prebiotics (dietary fiber) work together, ensuring the proper functioning of intestinal flora balance.

   Probiotics are the good bacteria for our health. In the digestive system we have around 400 such microorganisms that prevent bad bacteria. This battle between good and bad bacteria is fundamental to a healthy digestive system.

   Bacteria are everywhere around us. In water, food, air, on the hands and other body parts or objects around us. No matter if we want it or not, they will reach inside us. Good bacteria  fight and kill the bad bacteria causing substances that behave as natural antibiotics.

Foods containing prebiotics

– artichokes

– bananas

– garlic

– onions

– leeks

– asparagus

Foods containing probiotics

– fermented milk products

– kefir, buttermilk, yogurt (check the label)

– fermented soy products

– in pharmacies, as capsules

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