How can we improve our intestinal flora?

How can we improve our intestinal flora?

If you are prone to infections or chronic diseases, if you tend to feel tired or if you use antibiotics frequently, you will have to pay special attention to improving your intestinal flora, since this may be the cause of these problems.

Benefits of a Healthy Intestinal Flora

  • Inhibiting pathogens
  • Stimulating the immune system
  • Helping with the synthesis of vitamins
  • Supporting the digestion
  • Producing metabolic energy for the erythrocytes…

Tips to have a Healthy Intestinal Flora

  1. Increase the number meals but with less food, since this will help with the digestion and we will always have energy available
  2. Replace refined carbohydrates with complex carbohydrates, since they have a higher nutritional value and fiber (rice, potato, legumes, oats, quinoa…)
  3. Eat fruit and fresh vegetables, since they provide vitamins, minerals and trace elements
  4. Reduce or remove toxic substances such as alcohol
  5. Chew the food properly and without rushing. Do not forget that the digestion process starts in the mouth (amylase enzymes)
  6. Eat yogurts with Bifidus
  7. Use probiotics and prebiotics orally after taking antibiotics or medicines. You can also use them after a copious meal to improve the digestion.

Intestinal bacteria brainstorm

Pathologies related to an Intestinal Flora dysfunction

  • Hepatic encephalopathy
  • Diarrhea caused by antibiotics (which sweep the intestinal flora)
  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Colon cancer
  • Atopy (allergy)
  • Tiredness
  • Inflammatory bowel disorders…

Remedies to regenerate the intestinal flora

Regenerating the intestinal flora takes time. Depending on the symptoms or the abnormalities of each case, this can take between 3 or 4 weeks, and up to 6 months in some cases.

However, even a healing process that lasts 2 or 3 weeks can be very useful to regenerate the intestinal flora.

The structure of the flora changes from one person to another. You can start a regeneration process of 4 to 8 weeks and prolong this period if you do not get the expected results. Keep in mind that there may be other causes that trigger health problems apart from the state of the intestinal flora, which is why it is always advisable to consult a doctor.

The regeneration of the flora has two purposes:

  • To improve the intestinal environment
  • To regenerate the intestinal flora by means of beneficial intestinal bacteria

Improving the Intestinal Environment

This involves creating the right conditions so that the beneficial intestinal bacteria can proliferate and eliminate those that are harmful.

To achieve this, we have to use the appropriate remedies, such as supplements with pre and probiotics which stimulate the production of beneficial bacteria, as well as the appropriate nutrients to feed them. Moreover, this concentrate is enriched with natural vitamins, minerals, trace elements and different antioxidant phytochemicals that are highly effective.

All these components contribute to creating a positive environment, which stimulates the regeneration of the intestinal mucosa and helps to eliminate the metabolic waste, encouraging the production of beneficial bacteria.

The villi from the small intestine

Beneficial Intestinal Bacteria

The balance of the intestinal flora is restored thanks to these beneficial bacteria.

Probiotics contain several bacterial strains. Each bacterial strain has a specific function and, therefore, a specific effect.

Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium are very important for the intestine, Lactobacillus reuteri are very good for dental health, and for pregnant and lactating mothers. Lactobacillus helveticus are specially advised for the health of the bones and to fight vaginal infections or allergies, etc.

If you take several probiotics, your intestinal flora will obtain what it needs to regenerate itself easily, while obtaining all their benefits for our health.

Probiotic powders for children are usually used for children over the age of three, and they tend to contain only three or four bacterial strains.

Factors that affect the Absorption of Nutrients

Digestive Enzymes

The digestive function in the intestinal tract is controlled by the release of a series of hormones and substances, called enzymes which are involved in the breakdown of foods in their absorbable components.

Microbiota

The intestinal tract is home to millions of bacteria. Most of them are not harmful and they are quite beneficial since they can produce certain absorbable vitamins that can be used by our organism. However, these bacteria are affected by the state of the intestinal tract and, if it is not healthy, they can go from friends to foes and cause diseases.

Intestinal Tract

The absorption of nutrients in the intestinal walls depends on the health of the mucosas that surround the small intestine, which is covered by millions of protuberances called villi and each area of the tract absorbs specific nutrients, which is why a loss of the integrity of these villi in a certain area can cause a bad absorption of a specific nutrient.

Raw foods are the ones that mostly help to preserve a proper enzymatic state. One of them is kefir

A healthy intestinal flora enhances weight loss

The natural regeneration of the intestinal flora

Probiotics are a natural remedy that is specially useful to regenerate, renew, clean or rejuvenate the intestine. However, The probiotics may not be successful if it has been seriously damaged.

The digestive system is detoxified and purified when there is an intestinal renewal. It eliminates the toxins, harmful pathogens and hard stool.

It regulates the peristalsis, regenerates the intestinal mucosa and regulates the intestinal pH.

The three factors for the regeneration of the intestinal flora

The best colon cleansing is the one carried out with natural remedies. On the one hand, the use of probiotics and, on the other hand, bentonite and psyllium husk powder.

Bentonite is a mineral clay that binds to toxins and prevents toxic substances from going from the intestine to the bloodstream.

Psyllium husk powder works as a fiber that swells in the intestine and cleans the intestinal walls.

Psyllium husk powder has the following benefits:

  • It lowers the blood pressure
  • It regulates the blood sugar levels
  • It helps with weight loss
  • It balances the levels of cholesterol and fat in the blood

Regenerating the intestinal flora by eating healthy food

It is necessary to follow a healthy diet and to eat natural food to have a healthy intestinal flora. Otherwise, the beneficial bacteria will disappear and the harmful pathogens will increase, which means that taking probiotics will be pointless.

A healthy diet is based on natural foods that are rich in nutrients, as well as foods that provide minerals and fiber to the body. You should avoid eating foods rich in sugar and try to eat moderate amounts of animal products rich in proteins. It is also advisable to include other foods in the diet, such as yogurt with bifidus that has beneficial bifidobacteria for our body.

We will experience the beneficial results on a daily basis after regenerating the intestinal flora in a natural way. Some of the most important ones are the following ones:

A healthy intestinal flora supports weight loss

Until fairly recently, it was believed that stomach reduction surgery produced an excessive loss of weight, but it has been discovered that the weight loss happens because the surgery transforms the intestinal flora, which stimulates weight loss.

A healthy intestinal flora protects us against antibiotic-resistant pathogens

More and more pathogens are getting used to antibacterial medications and they are becoming more resistant. This can be dangerous, because when we suffer an infection the antibiotics may no longer be able to heal it. However, researchers have found out that our own intestinal flora can produce substances that fight against these pathogens and ultimately destroy them. But if our intestinal flora has been previously damaged by the antibiotics, it will not be able to produce these substances in a natural way again.

Therefore, the damage caused by the antibiotics to the intestinal flora may indirectly stimulate an infection through the antibiotic-resistant pathogens.

A basket with fresh vegetables and fruit

A healthy intestinal flora prevents colics

Researchers have found out that the flora of premature babies can be damaged. These researchers carried out a randomized placebo-controlled study in order to check the effects of beneficial bacteria on their digestive system. The results of the study were that those newborns who were given probiotics daily during their first three months of life significantly reduced the constipation and belching caused by the stomach contents. It was also reported that these babies rarely suffered flatulence and they barely went to the doctor or needed medication, unlike the babies who did not take any probiotics.

A healthy intestinal flora protects us against colon cancer

Those who suffer ulcerative colitis, which is a chronic inflammatory bowel disease, will often develop cancer in the course of the disease. Nowadays, it is known that ulcerative colitis can cause damage to the intestinal flora, which can lead to cancer.

In addition, it has been discovered that some conventional cancer treatments do not work if they are combined with antibiotics. All in all, a healthy intestinal flora helps to treat colon cancer.

Intestinal flora transplant

It would be feasible to alter the composition of the intestinal flora by introducing species from a donor, according to what has been published in the ‘Genome Research’ scientific journal.

Up until now, the transplant of the intestinal flora has been performed in rats, but for the first time it has been proven that altering its structure is possible and that these changes will last in the long term.

The intestinal flora transplant can be an effective treatment that gives hope to those who suffer intestinal disorders.

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Antonio Romero is a professional of nutrition and sport training who writes interesting articles in the HSN Blog, mainly about nutrition in the world of sports.
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