The intestine is an extraordinary organ: like the brain, it has an autonomous system of nerve cells. In addition, the microorganisms in the intestinal flora seem to have an influence not only on digestion, but also on overall mental and physical health. Science is only beginning to understand exactly what happens in the intestine. However, it is becoming increasingly clear that there is more than flatulence and diarrhoea when intestinal health is impaired.
Here you will find the latest articles on the topic of healthy bowel, giving you all the information you need on the most important bacteria and on healthy bowel flora.
Why a fit intestine and a healthy intestinal flora are important
If the intestine is not healthy, this can manifest itself in many ways. Diarrhoea and abdominal pain are symptoms that often occur in a unhealthy gut. Sometimes the health of the intestine is even constantly attacked. One of the best known chronic intestinal diseases is Crohn’s disease, in which the intestinal mucosa is permanently inflamed. There are many causes for the outbreak of intestinal diseases. It is always best to find out the individual reasons together with a doctor.
In our magazine you will find a lot of information on all topics related to gut health. In our healthy gut section, we have many articles for you on the most important bacteria and the importance of intestinal flora.
Additionally, the intestine and its health appear to be directly related to other physical and mental diseases. The focus of research on this topic is the totality of all microorganisms in the intestine. It is known as microbiome or intestinal flora. During research it has become evident that many diseases are associated with an alteration of the microbiome. The scientists have not yet been able to conclusively clarify what are the causes and consequences. It is possible, however, that there is a direct connection between the condition of the intestinal flora and many different diseases which, as a layman, are not initially associated with the intestine as a trigger. These include symptoms such as:
- Anxiety disorders
- Alzheimer’s disease
A healthy intestine with a species-rich microbiom can therefore be important for the whole organism under certain circumstances.
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What’s good for the bowel?
The intestinal flora of every human being is highly individual. The microbiomes differ in the number of bacterial species that are found in the intestine. So far, it has been assumed that a large variety of species is beneficial to health. The good news is that the microbiome changes in the course of life and that nutrition plays a role in this. The less good news is that it ist not easy to follow a healthy diet.
Probiotic foods such as yogurt or sauerkraut, kefir and kimchi contain microorganisms and their consumption can be good for the intestines. A diet rich in fibre such as lentils, blueberries and apples can also help. Foods containing polyphenol also have a positive effect. This plant substance is contained for example in green tea, broccoli and almonds. However, this does not mean that eating these foods automatically leads to a healthy intestinal flora with the right microorganisms.
Not everyone needs the same substances in the same quantities to build up a healthy intestinal flora. It can even be the case that the microbiomes of two people are very different and yet both have a healthy intestine. That is why different people need different things to support their intestines. The best way to support the microbiome in your stomach is by first finding out what its condition actually is like.
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 private environment, which determines the microbial composition, i.e. the number and ratio of all 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.