The gastro-intestinal tract
Our gastrointestinal tract, and specially the intestine, is colonized by billions of micro-organisms that make up the so-called intestinal flora.
The functions of the intestinal flora:
The balance and well-being of the intestinal flora is of fundamental importance for the health of your body. Many studies have proved the numerous beneficial bacterial flora functions, including the digestion (fermentation) of carbohydrates that are not digestible by humans such as hemicelluloses, pectin, guar gum and inulin, and the digestion (fermentation) of proteins which form branched acids.
The flora also acts as an important barrier against pathogenic viruses and bacteria through several mechanisms that help protect our bodies from their colonizing, supporting the body’s physiological immune system.
What can alter the balance of the intestinal flora?
Various situations can alter the balance of the intestinal flora: antibiotic treatment, unbalanced diet, ailment from lowered food tolerance, trips in warm countries and where sanitary conditions are not sufficient, stress…..
This is why, in situations such as these, it may be particularly advisable taking lactic bacteria.
Lactic bacteria: precious allies for the welfare of our intestine
A specific integration based on lactic bacteria can effectively contribute to the balance of the intestinal flora, favoring thus the well-being of the intestine and of the body in general. However, it is important that the lactic bacteria reach the intestines alive and active in order to adhere to the intestinal mucosa and t replicate with the aim of re-colonizing it and therefore to restore the lost balance. This, however, is not always a task easy to accomplish.
The survival and the beneficial activity of lactic bacteria is particularly influenced by specific environmental and physiological conditions.