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Intestinal Health

Studies have shown that a great deal of our overall health involves intestinal health. The microbiota (the living bacteria that thrive in the intestines) is considered essential for maintaining good health.

One of the major roles of the microbiota is the digestion of products that can’t be absorbed by humans, but other roles are also important and essential, such as:

  • The recovery of up to 10% of the energy that a human needs through the metabolic process of digestion;
  • The production of many of the enzymes required for breaking down the large sugar chains, such as polysaccharides;
  • The establishment and maturation of the immune system in children;
  • The life-long preservation of the immune system;
  • Protecting against pathogenic bacteria and other micro-organisms.

The microbiota is considered to have a symbiotic relationship with its host. Among other things, its composition depends on the following factors:

  • The characteristics of its host (age, sex, genetics);
  • The environmental conditions (stress, medication, intestinal surgery, infection, and toxic environmental products);
  • The nature of the daily diet.

It has been demonstrated that several diseases stem from an imbalance in the intestine. Certain factors can upset the balance of the microbiota and thus cause a rapid deterioration in health, such as:

  • Taking antibiotics;
  • Nutritional deficiencies;
  • Illness.

Broadly speaking, a healthy and well-diversified microbiota helps the body defend itself against external pathogens. It also aids in the proper digestion of food, the regularity of the bowel movements, the conservation of the immune system, and many other factors.