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Millions of people in Germany live with intestinal complaints such as irritable bowel and digestive problems. These include constipation (i.e. less than three bowel movements per week), diarrhea (i.e. more than three bowel movements per day with high water content), flatulence and abdominal pain. Many of these complaints are caused by an imbalance of desirable and undesirable bacteria in our intestine. This means that these complaints have no structural causes and can be alleviated when the balance in the intestine is restored.
Why your intestine sometimes will not give it a rest
The intestine knows more about us than our brain and is considered the body’s most important immune organ. This is due to the role of intestinal bacteria, which has long been seriously underestimated. Only in recent years – due to many scientific studies – has the far-reaching influence of bacteria on our health become clear.
Intestinal bacteria regulate much more than just our digestion. Over many millions of years of evolution, advantageous long-term adaptations have developed, which promote defense against pathogens and strengthening of the immune system, in addition to digestion.
Not all bacteria in our intestine are desirable. A balanced, healthy intestinal flora consists mainly of useful bacteria that have a positive effect on the body, but invariably also of a few undesirable bacteria that have a negative effect on the body and cause digestive problems.
Imbalanced intestinal flora can be caused by persistent physical and mental stress, insufficient exercise and medication such as antibiotics. Neither should the role of unhealthy eating habits, alcohol and nicotine be underestimated: these promote intestinal problems and provoke irritable bowel.
In addition, an imbalanced intestinal flora can lead to autoimmune reactions, weakening of the immune system, food intolerances, overweight, obesity and even psychological disorders.
It is therefore important to keep the intestinal flora in balance. The process 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 support, prebiotic and probiotic products can help to redress an imbalance, read more here. However, before using such products, it makes sense to carry out an intestinal flora analysis to find out which bacteria you may be lacking. Then you can implement countermeasures with the right probiotics and prebiotics.
A balanced intestinal flora alleviates digestive problems and irritable bowel
In order to restore the balance in the intestine, an accurate analysis of what causes the imbalance is required. With INTEST.pro, BIOMES introduced the first complete intestinal flora analysis on the market that includes individual recommendations for improving health, well-being and quality of life.
INTEST.pro is a self-test for taking a stool sample in a familiar environment. The test will determine your microbial composition, i.e. the number and distribution of intestinal bacteria.
The balance of your intestinal flora can be supported by taking probiotics or probiotic foods. You can find more information on probiotics on our information page.