Microbiome: The Importance Of Intestinal Flora For Our Health

11/03/2024, Lanserhof

Our intestinal health plays a crucial role in our wellbeing. A healthy gut is the key to a strong immune defence and efficient digestion. Around 80 % of our immune responses originate in the gut, which is why the health of this organ is of crucial importance.

The multifacted role of the gut

Our gut is more than just a digestive organ. It plays a crucial role in the utilisation of food, the defence against toxins and pathogens and the regulation of our immune system. The gut harbours a diverse community of microorganisms that support us in various bodily functions.

The fascinating world of gut bacteria 

Billions of bacteria, fungi and viruses populate our gut and form a complex community that has evolved with us over millions of years. These microorganisms fulfil a variety of tasks, including supporting food absorption, regulating the immune system and protecting against harmful pathogens.

The difference between microbiome and gut flora

The microbiome is a generic term for the totality of all microorganisms in and on our body. The intestinal flora, also known as the gut microbiome, is the best-known group of these microorganisms. In addition to the gut, there is also skin flora, oral flora and many other microbiomes in our body.

Prebiotics, Probiotics & Postbiotics 

The terms prebiotics, probiotics and postbiotics are often used in connection with gut health. Prebiotics are nutrients that are utilised by gut bacteria to produce energy. Probiotics are the beneficial bacteria that live in our guts, and postbiotics are the substances produced by these bacteria that have various functions in the body.

The importance of the microbiome for our health

Our microbiome has an influence on our ability to extract energy from food and make it available to the body. The composition of our microbiome influences how well we can absorb and utilise food components.

The effects of antibiotics on the microbiome 

Antibiotics are effective against harmful bacteria, but they can also affect the beneficial bacteria in our gut. Prolonged and excessive use of antibiotics can lead to a disturbed intestinal flora. It is important to rebuild the intestinal flora after antibiotic treatment.

The role of diet and lifestyle

Our diet and lifestyle play a crucial role in shaping our microbiome. A balanced diet and exposure to a diverse environment are important to promote a healthy microbiome.

The influence of birth on the microbiome

The timing of first contact with the microbiome plays a significant role in our gut health. During birth, newborns have their first contact with the mother’s microorganisms, which lays the foundation for their gut health. Natural birth and breastfeeding help to build the baby’s microbiome.

Challenges and diseases of the gut

Various factors, including genetic predisposition, diet, environment and stress, can lead to gut problems. These include lactose intolerance, gluten intolerance, irritable bowel syndrome and inflammatory bowel disease.

The care of intestinal health

There are various ways to support gut health. These include the targeted intake of probiotics, prebiotics and postbiotics, a balanced diet, minimising stress and avoiding excessive use of antibiotics. It is important to consult a doctor if you have problems with your gut health in order to receive an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment.

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