In Germany, millions of people live with intestinal complaints such as irritable bowel syndrome. These include constipation (i.e. bowel movements less than three times a week), diarrhoea (i.e. bowel movements more than three times a day with a high water content), flatulence and abdominal pain. Many of these complaints come from an imbalance of desirable and undesirable bacteria in our gut. This means they have no structural or root causes and can be alleviated if the balance in the gut is restored.
Why your gut sometimes doesn’t give you a break.
The gut knows more about us than our brain and is considered the number one immune organ. This is due to the role of gut bacteria, which was dramatically underestimated for a long time. Only in recent years – thanks to many scientific studies – has the far-reaching influence of bacteria on our health become clear.
Over many millions of years of evolution, beneficial long-term adaptations have evolved that, in addition to digestion, also promote the defence against pathogens and strengthen the immune system.
Not all bacteria in our intestines are desirable. A balanced, healthy intestinal flora consists predominantly of beneficial bacteria that have a positive effect on the body, but also always of a few undesirable bacteria that have a negative effect on the body and can cause intestinal problems, including irritable bowel syndrome.
by persistent physical and mental stress situations, insufficient exercise as well as by medications such as antibiotics. Unhealthy eating habits, alcohol and nicotine should also not be underestimated and promote intestinal problems and provoke an irritable bowel.
It can also lead to the development of auto-immune reactions, weakening of the immune system, food intolerances, overweight, obesity and even psychological disorders.
This starts with your own lifestyle. Ask yourself from time to time whether you eat a sufficiently healthy and balanced diet, whether you take enough time to eat, whether you eat a varied diet.
In addition, pre- and probiotic products can help to redress an imbalance, you can find more about this here. Before you simply reach for such products, however, it makes sense to find out in advance with a gut flora analysis which bacteria you might be lacking. Then you can counteract with the right pro- and prebiotics.
A balanced intestinal flora alleviates intestinal complaints
To restore the intestinal flora, a precise analysis of the causes of the imbalance is necessary. With INTEST.pro, BIOMES brings the first complete intestinal flora analysis to the market, which contains individual recommendations for increasing health, well-being and quality of life.
INTEST.pro is a self-test used to collect a stool sample in a familiar environment, which determines the microbial composition, i.e. the number and distribution of the intestinal bacteria.
The balance of the intestinal flora can be supported by taking probiotics or probiotic foods. You can find more information about this on our info page on probiotics.