Intestinal microflora and immune system

Anatori Sealife Comments 0 22nd November 2018

The intestine is not only an organ that digests food. Bacteria inhabiting it play an essential role in the process of protecting the body from infections. The human immune system is primarily determined by the state of this organ since 70% of immune cells are located here. Intestinal microflora and the immune system are closely intertwined.
A variety of microorganisms living in the human gastrointestinal tract are called intestinal microflora. Most of them are bacteria of the colon, mainly represented by bifidobacteria and lactobacilli. These are probiotic microorganisms that are important for human health and perform many of the functions necessary to ensure healthy functioning of the body. The main ones are the following:

  • digestion of food;
  • synthesis of certain vitamins such as K, B12, PP, etc.;
  • obstruction of reproduction of pathogenic and conditionally pathogenic microorganisms;
  • stimulation of the immune system

Intestinal microflora and the immune system are interrelated; therefore, it is also necessary to take care of the condition of the gastrointestinal tract, to maintain health.

Effect of proper nutrition on intestinal microflora and the immune system

Pathogenic or conditionally pathogenic microorganisms, which are typically suppressed by the bacteria as mentioned earlier that are friendly to the body are also present in the intestine. However, many factors associated with the daily existence of a person, his habits, the environment, diseases and medications are taken may adversely affect the intestinal microflora, disrupting its balance. In this case, conditions are created for the development of pathogenic microorganisms, the normal functioning of the intestines is disrupted, and the ability of the immune system of the body to resist infections is deteriorating. The following factors adversely affect the intestinal microflora:

  • unhealthy diet;
  • alcohol intoxication;
  • diseases of such organs of the digestive system as liver, stomach, pancreas;
  • long-term use of antibiotics;
  • stresses.

Gastroenterologists consider proper nutrition to be the primary condition for maintaining intestinal microflora balance. It should be balanced, diverse, using mainly natural products: for example, meat, not sausage; fruit, and not candy. When cooking, preference should be given to boiling, stewing, baking. Fats, ready-to-eat store meals, sugary drinks, and sweet pastries are subject to restrictions.
The most essential component of nutrition, contributing to the maintenance of intestinal microflora in a healthy state, are dairy products of low-fat content: kefir, yoghurt without additives, ryazhenka. They contain the body’s necessary bacteria and create a favourable environment in the intestine for the suppression of pathogenic microorganisms, thereby helping probiotics to perform their functions of immune protection successfully.
Intestinal microflora and immune system ensure our health. Colonic irrigation allows you to restore the healthy microflora of the bowel, and it is carried by experienced professionals in our clinic based in central London.