Beneficial intestinal bacteria

Anatoli Silajev Comments 0 31st October 2018
Intestinal microflora - Beneficial intestinal bacteria

/Beneficial intestinal and harmful bacteria or microflora./ The intestinal microflora is a collection of microorganisms whose vital activity is closely interrelated. Scientists have found about 500 different types of bacteria in the intestines. But not all of them were useful.

Beneficial intestinal bacteria help our body digest food and absorb proteins, vitamins and other valuable substances. But the main menu of harmful bacteria is the products of fermentation. Besides, these harmful microbes secrete poisons from rotting processes. If we talk about the importance of intestinal microflora, we can compare it with the functioning of the liver and kidneys combined.


Beneficial intestinal bacteria represent symbiotic microflora in our bodies. It includes lactobacilli, bifidobacteria, enterococci, and many other microorganisms. Besides, they constitute almost ninety-nine per cent of all intestine “inhabitants”. However, the remaining one per cent are opportunistic bacteria. Proteus, Staphylococcus, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and many others are on their list. At the same time, if the patient’s intestine is entirely healthy, there is no pathogenic microflora.

Interestingly, the intestinal microflora begins to develop at the time of birth. And its development ends in all people, usually at different ages. But, as a rule, it is from seven to twelve years old.

A healthy microflora ensures the sound quality of functioning of all body systems. Therefore, restoring the probiotic population as soon as possible is vital in case of violation. Without a healthy microflora, there will be no proper digestion, which means there may be various problems with the gastrointestinal tract.

Helpful, beneficial intestinal bacteria and causes of microflora disorders

Healthy intestinal bacteria do not allow various putrefactive bacteria to develop in the intestine and neutralise toxins secreted by them.

It is good to know that a healthy microflora contributes to the formation of immunoglobulin. That, in turn, is necessary for solid immunity in children and adults.

If intestinal microorganisms are imbalanced, it often leads to premature ageing of our body because the toxins secreted by harmful bacteria destroy the health and beauty of a person.

Common causes

Various beneficial intestinal bacteria populate our intestines. We know of such common causes of microflora disruption as:

  • Unhealthy nutrition.
  • A long course of taking multiple drugs such as antibiotics and antiseptics.
  • Medical or self-cleansing of the intestines, as a result of which harmful bacteria and valuable “good” microorganisms can be destroyed.
  • The weakened immune system for various reasons.
  • Excessive cleanliness and abuse of antibacterial cosmetics kill pathogenic and beneficial microbes.
  • Hormonal disruptions.
  • The use of dirty, low-quality water.
  • Abuse of energy drinks and strong coffee.
  • Chronic fatigue and lack of sleep.
  • Emotional experiences, nerves and stress.

As may be noted, there can be many causes of dysbacteriosis (violation of intestinal microflora). Therefore, it is necessary to eliminate the root cause of the problem for quality treatment in most cases.