For health to remain normal, it is vital maintaining an optimal balance of the bacteria that inhabit the human intestines. We need intestinal bacteria for all sorts of processes.
According to a recent study published in Integrative Medicine: A Clinician’s Journal, the digestive tract not only processes breakfast, lunch and dinner. The intestinal microflora controls many processes in the body, prevents many diseases and dramatically affects the well-being of people.
Creating a unique composition of human intestinal microflora begins from the moment of birth when the baby is exposed to bacteria that live in the mother’s birth canal. “Primary colonisation of the intestine plays an important role in the formation of the composition of the microbiome in an adult,” the researchers report. However, in the subsequent life of each person, there are internal and external factors that can affect the composition of the intestinal microflora, including:
Every day we put pounds of foreign substances (food, drinks, medicines, food supplements) in our mouths, hoping that the body can distinguish friend from enemy, Elizabeth Lipsky, a well-known American expert in the field of therapeutic nutrition says. The digestive system is the centre of our immune system, it controls our metabolism, the synthesis of vitamins and communicates with other systems of the body.
Intestinal bacteria play an essential role in food digestion. Scientists have discovered that they are able to recycle what the human body cannot absorb without their participation.
For example, it is the intestinal bacteria that digest fibre, separating the necessary vitamins and amino acids and transforming them into forms that are acceptable to the human body. Foods rich in dietary fibre, such as whole grains, vegetables, nuts, edible algae, fruits, seeds, leafy greens, are rightfully considered prebiotic. Probiotics must be present in the human diet to create optimal conditions for the existence of friendly microorganisms in the microbiome.
Besides, it is possible to enrich the intestinal microflora with healthy bacterial cultures, using kefir, sauerkraut, natural yoghurt and other products that are probiotic. Colonic Hydrotherapy also helps to restore the intestinal microflora.