Probiotics – Balancing Intestinal Flora
Human intestines contain almost 100 trillion viable bacteria. These live bacteria, which make up 30% of the faecal mass, are known as the intestinal flora. For our well-being, it is most essential to maintain an appropriate balance of intestinal flora. An abnormal or damaged gut flora can be the source of serious illness, including auto-immune disorders and dangerous food allergies.
Role of Intestinal flora:
The gastrointestinal tract is a complex system that allows the body to digest and absorb food while moving wastes for excretion. For the intestinal tract to function properly, normal flora must be present. Intestinal flora are types of microorganisms known as probiotics that live normally as part of the intestinal tract. These organisms have several functions that help the body, but also gain benefits from their hosts. Intestinal flora are found in both the large and small intestines.
Intestinal flora and the immune system:
There is a crucial relationship between intestinal flora and your immune system. It is the first line of defense between you and anything dangerous you happen to swallow.Intestinal flora strengthen the physical defenses of the gut wall and regulates the inflammation and inflammatory immune response. Some types of normal intestinal flora work to protect the body against certain kinds of infection. This may be through inhibiting the growth of harmful organisms that can cause infection.Alternatively, some types of intestinal flora prevent infection by creating an intestinal barrier.
Balance of intestinal flora with pribiotics:
Pribiotics, which means “for life” can be defined as live organisms that assist with the processing of food. Pribiotics can be beneficial to improve the digestion. Re-establishing of intestinal flora with the probiotics can help to maintain a normal healthy response to allergens.
Danisco® is a pribiotic that is used by the people worldwide. It employs patent stabilisation technology ensuring that their pribiotic do not require refrigeration, they can bestable at room temperature. Herbs of Gold chooses several pribiotics on the basis of their ability to survive stomach acid and therefore reach the intestines, where they colonise and adhere to the intestinal wall. These are mentioned below:
- Lactobacillus acidophilus La-14
- Bifidobacteriumlactis BI-04
- Lactobacillus plantarum Lp-115
- Saccharomyces cerevisiae (Boulardii), often known as SB
From all of these pribiotics, SB is fully resistant to antibiotics while others are 50-77% are resistant to antibiotics. Pribiotics majorly helps to improve the better digestion, to build the immunity and resist the infection.