A Healthy Intestine

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.
 

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. .
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:


depressions


allergies


anxiety disorders


Alzheimer's disease

A healthy intestine with a species-rich microbiom can therefore be important for the whole organism under certain circumstances.

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.


Find out what you need for a healthy bowel

To learn more about your microbiome, you need to take a stool sample and have it analysed. With the self-test INTEST.pro of BIOMES you can do this quickly and easily. We will send you a kit containing a cotton swab with which you can take a stool sample. Then you send the sample back to us safely packed in the sample container. We analyse the sample and prepare the results easily understandable for you. Not only will you find out where the weak points of your intestinal flora are, but you will also receive recommendations on how to improve your intestinal health. In this way you can find out, for example, how you can support your digestion, your immune system or your calorie consumption.