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"Death sits in the bowel!”, even Hippocrates recognized the importance of the gut for health. But why so negative, Hippocrates?!

Our opinion on that:  LIFE SITS ALSO IN THE BOWEL!

You've probably heard of the importance of your gut health. Apart from the digestive function, the provision of nutrients and vitamins and the elimination of digested food, the intestine also contains an important component of our immune system. 

Therefore, the health of your gut is extremely important and crucial for your health and well-being! The gut deserves very special attention, which is why in this article we'll cover all the important questions about intestinal health, gut flora balance and probiotics.

Learn why probiotics are important for your gut flora and how you can benefit from them!

1. What are probiotics?

Did you know that about 2 kg of bacteria live in your body? 

This may sound strange at first. But good probiotic bacteria are very important for our body.  99% of the bacteria live in the intestine. Here they ensure a balanced bacterial equilibrium and promote well-being.  The totality of all microorganisms that live in our intestines is called intestinal flora.

It is estimated that  more than 500 different species of bacteria with a total number of 100 trillion bacteria live in our intestines. The healthy human intestinal flora consists mainly of eubacteria, bacteroides, anaerobically growing cocci, bifdidus bacteria and lactobacilli.

70% of all immune cells are located in the small and large intestine. The immune defense only functions effectively if the intestinal flora is healthy.  Almost 80% of all defense reactions take place here. This makes the intestine an incredible important part of our immune system.  If the intestine is healthy, we are better protected against many different diseases.

A healthy intestinal flora is important for:

  • Digestion
  • Intestinal peristalsis
  • Immune modulation
  • The production of short-chain fatty acids
  • The supply of vitamins
  • Physical and mental performance

Probiotics can be useful in maintaining a healthy balance. They are living microorganisms that occur naturally, especially in fermented foods. They belong to the "good" intestinal bacteria. This means that with their help, it has been proven that  an existing imbalance in the intestine can be brought back into order. They support the regeneration of the intestinal flora and intestinal health. 

2. How do probiotics act in the body?

Probiotic bacteria have a  positive effect on the immune system and contribute to  healthy digestion. The metabolism of intestinal bacteria supports the digestion of fats, carbohydrates and proteins. Through them, components can be extracted from food and indigestible components fermented. 

They influence the amount of energy and nutrients the body absorbs. Intestinal bacteria are also responsible for the following tasks:

  • The formation of vitamin B12, butyric acid and vitamin K2
  • The elimination of bad bacteria, yeasts and fungi
  • Producing enzymes that eliminate harmful bacteria
  • Stimulating the release of immunoglobulin G (IgA) antibodies and regulatory T cells.

In addition, the probiotic strains support  the barrier function of the intestinal wall. This means that the passage of unwanted substances and germs from the intestine into the body is prevented.

3. What are the benefits of probiotics?

The balance of the intestinal flora is essential.  When your gut is doing well, it sends a positive signal to your brain and your wellbeing benefits from this.

Through the action of probiotic supplements, we can actively support the intestinal flora. 

Probiotic strains can have the following benefits in your body:

  • Lowering the intestinal pH to create a good environment.
  • Balance the intestinal flora
  • Positively influence the immune system
  • Strengthen the barrier function of the intestinal wall
  • Enable the absorption of nutrients
  • Molecule formation (hormones, vitamins, etc.)
  • Positive influence on mood and motivation
  • Promote lactose digestion, gastrointestinal inflammation, irritable bowel syndrome and constipation 

Effective, high quality probiotic supplements that regenerate the gut, leading to a strong immune system and therefore better health and well-being.

4. Are there any side effects?

Excessive use of probiotics may cause side effects.

Pay attention to the recommended daily dose and ask your doctor for a personalized recommended dose. Excessive use can lead to colonisation problems and result in symptoms such as bloating, flatulence and confusion.

If you have taken too many probiotics and are now experiencing bloating, constipation or diarrhea, don't worry! These symptoms usually disappear after a few days, namely when the probiotic strains have regulated the intestinal flora and the desired balance of the different bacteria strains has been achieved.

5. What's the difference between probiotics and prebiotics?

Sounds confusingly similar, but prebiotics, unlike probiotics, are not living microorganisms, but  indigestible dietary fibre.

While the rest of the body finds no benefit in prebiotics, the healthy intestinal bacteria are all the happier for it. This is because prebiotics ensure that the intestinal bacteria develop magnificently and thus also remain healthy and useful. Prebiotics include, for example, the dietary fibres inulin and oligofructose. They are found, for example, in numerous fruits and vegetables as well as legumes.

Put simply, probiotics need prebiotics to develop and do their job. 

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