Intestinal bacteria in the intestines are very important for the absorption of nutrients from the diet, and they protect against the inflammation-promoting toxins of the harmful bacteria, which i.a. prevents the development of chronic diseases. It is in the gut that the majority (about 80%) of our immune system is located.
Research has shown that bacteria in the colon not only affect a wide range of diseases such as diabetes, multiple sclerosis, heart disease, autism, allergies and certain cancers, but also that the bacteria communicate with the brain and thus can control our body weight, personality and behavior and can control our sense of hunger and influence us to crave more of the diet they that bacterial strains prefer.
Among other things. Obesity can actually be the result of poor intestinal flora and inflammation. Our intestinal flora consists of good and bad bacteria, and the balance between them depends on what we eat and drink – in fact, we adults have one and a half to two kilos of bacteria in our intestinal system. The good gut bacteria can control our sense of hunger and make us crave the good food that is good for their particular bacterial strains – just as the bad gut bacteria can make us crave for the bad food that is good for their particular bacterial strains. It’s about getting an excess of the good gut bacteria, and if you give them enough of the nutrition they need (dietary fiber, antioxidants, minerals and good fats), they multiply quickly. The research has made a link between intestinal flora and depression and found that approx.
All in all, our well-being both physically and mentally depends on a well-functioning gut & digestion.
The intestinal mucosa may become leaky
The mucous membrane of our intestines sends the good nutrients, water and salts from food into the blood and at the same time inhibits dangerous bacteria and unwanted substances, which are sent directly to the toilet. If the intestinal mucosa becomes leaky, bacteria, undigested food residues, waste products and other microorganisms from the gastrointestinal system can enter the bloodstream and provoke the immune system and create inflammation and diseases such as. Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, infectious intestinal inflammation, psoriasis, irritable bowel syndrome, chronic fatigue syndrome, autism, ADHD, diabetes 1, allergies, Hashimotos, Alzheimer’s, ADHD, Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, depression and more.
What factors can i.a. irritate the intestinal mucosa / cause leaky gut?
• Poor intestinal flora
• Too little dietary fiber
• Too much gluten / milk
• Too much salt from processed foods
• Too much refined sugar
• Too many antibiotics and types of medicines (eg NSAIDs)
• Food allergy / intolerance
Excessive protein intake
• Chemicals in food (dyes, preservatives, emulsifiers, etc.)
A favorable intestinal flora helps to keep the intestinal immune system in balance, so it must be fed with both prebiotics & probiotics. Prebiotics are fibers that play a major role in our intestinal system. Some stimulate bowel movements and thus effect digestion, others help a more even blood sugar and lower fat content in the blood. Fibers are carbohydrates that the small intestine cannot break down and that reach the large intestine in an almost unaffected state. You get lots of fiber in i.a. vegetables and whole grains.