It has been said increasingly over the recent years that probiotics should be used not only during antibiotic therapy, but also in many other instances in our lives. Can good bacteria actually contribute to boosting our health?
As much as 75% of the immune system is housed in our intestines, which is why probiotic bacteria have a truly enormous impact on its maturation.
By introducing beneficial strains to the intestines, we are able to support and aid a huge part of our immunity, while failing to take proper care of our bacterial flora can lead to damaging our body’s natural defence system. This is acutely important in the time of an epidemic when we should be looking after our immunity with particular care.
The studies carried out by nutritionists and scientists in the recent past have yielded further unexpected observations indicating that the composition of the microbiome can make it harder or easier to lose unnecessary kilograms.
It is often said that stress has a big impact on our intestines, which actually is the case. The composition of the intestinal microbiome in people suffering from chronic stress very often leads to inflammation of the intestines and consequently to an increasing number of autoimmune diseases. The entire process starts with a disturbance of the intestinal microflora which reacts to prolonged and severe stress, just as it reacts to antibiotics. Elaborating on the topic, we could name other effects of stress, such as depression.
Mental disorders are also closely linked to the volume, lack or growth of specific bacteria in the intestines, and the fairly well-known serotonin, 90% of which is generated by properly working intestines and the microorganisms that reside in them.
These are just a few examples of how the bacteria in our intestines affect our health.
It is worth noting that a different probiotic with a different composition would be necessary for each of the abovementioned issues. It is always worth seeking the advice of a specialist as to choosing the right probiotic therapy and possibly testing your own microbiome to find out what repair strategy to implement.
We know that “treating” the intestinal microbiome will play an important role in the medicine of the future.
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Krzysztof Majdyło is a medical doctor specializing primarily in the treatment of chronic diseases (e.g. Lyme disease), modern diagnostics, and personalized therapies supporting oncological treatment. He trained at the Hudson Valley Healing Arts Center in New York with Dr. Richard I. Horowitz, one of the most experienced ILADS physicians in the world. He is the owner and head of the medical team at St. Luke’s Clinic in Gdańsk, where the personalised approach to the patient developed at the Clinic complements other modern supplementation solutions.