Importance of intestinal microflora
There are 1014 bacteria in our intestines, whereas the cells in the human body are 1013. In other words, there are up to ten times more bacteria in the human body than our own body cells. The total weight of 1.5 - 2 kg of pure bacterial mass consists of up to 500 different species of microorganisms.
Those trillions of bacteria affect our health much more than we can imagine.
What all does intestinal probiotic bacteria control?
1. Our healthy digestion
- A proper microflora composition can get rid of chronic diarrhea.
- Flatulence is always caused by inappropriate intestinal bacteria.
- Intestinal bacteria allow us to digest complex carbohydrates contained in fruits and vegetables.
- Diminish lactose intolerance of patients who are unable to digest milk sugar – lactose.
- Favorably affect pH in the intestine.
- Produce vitamins B12 and K.
- Reduction of allergic reactions to gluten.
2. Our immunity
- The microbial barrier of beneficial bacteria in the intestine prevents attachment and overgrowth of pathogens (e.g. Salmonella, Campylobacter, Yersinia, ...).
- Friendly bacteria can prevent repeated urological and gynecological problems.
- Favorable bacteria maintain intestinal integrity. Microbial imbalance can lead to so-called Leaky Gut Syndrome, food allergies, inflammatory diseases, fatigue, knuckle joint ache, and even autoimmune diseases.
- Intestine bacteria communicate through various signals to mucosal immune cells of the digestive tract and thus coordinate the immune response to pathogenic microorganisms and food allergens.
- Attenuates autoimmune reactions that are the cause of atopic dermatitis, rheumatoid arthritis etc.
3. Our overall health
- Probiotic bacteria support the detoxification of the organism. Some toxic metabolites produced in the liver and washed away by bile into the intestine are neutralized by intestinal bacteria.
- Intestinal bacteria fundamentally influence the onset or development of diabetes.
- Tumor diseases of kidneys and other organs are closely related to microbial imbalance. Some harmful bacteria are able to produce enzymes that can turn to potentially carcinogenic substances into active carcinogenesis, and thereby increasing the risk of cancer. Friendly bacteria are involved in reducing the risk of cancer by extrusion of harmful bacteria from the intestine and in the production of beneficial substances as well.
- Some bacteria influence blood pressure because they are capable of transmitting signals for stretching and withdrawing blood vessels.
- Friendly intestinal bacteria are able to degrade cholesterol and thus favorably affect its level.
- The treatment of intestinal microbes by diet and related procurations can be an important element in the prevention and treatment of depression.
- Probiotic bacteria help treat stomach ulcers caused by Helicobacter pylori.
- Bacteria affect the skin condition. Up to 54% of patients with acne suffer from imbalance in the microflora.
4. Our preferences for choosing a diet and a tendency to obesity
- Some bacteria eat fat, others prefer sugar, and therefore they actively strive to manipulate the environment in their own favor. Bacteria are able to influence our eating habits, tastes and increase the intake of sugars or fats in a food. The appropriate composition of the intestinal microflora can help reduce our appetite for sweet and fatty foods.
- Certain types of bacteria are able to convert carbohydrates to fats, support fat storage, and prevent natural burning. The dominance of these kinds of bacteria in the intestine can be the cause of obesity.