The role of intestinal flora
Your gastrointestinal tract is a long, twisting tube that begins at the mouth and ends at the anus. Your gastrointestinal tract is divided into sections which include the mouth, oesophagus, stomach, and the small and large intestines. The role of intestinal flora is quite diverse and includes digestive and immune function, nutrient metabolism, breakdown of medications, production of vitamin K and components of B vitamins, and to prevent colonisation of unwanted intestinal flora.
A definitive link has been established between the gastrointestinal tract and brain, known as the ‘gut-brain axis’ (GBA). The GBA is a widespread and complex, two-way biochemical communication system that links your gastrointestinal tract and intestinal flora with the central, autonomic and enteric nervous systems.
Intestinal flora and the immune system
Healthy, balanced levels of intestinal flora are important in supporting normal physiology, and many studies confirm that alterations in the balance of intestinal flora are associated with several health conditions. The majority of the immune system, around 80%, sits in the gastrointestinal tract and the gut-associated lymphoid tissue (GALT) works within the immune system to protect your body against unwanted intestinal flora. Re-establishing friendly intestinal flora with probiotics can help maintain a normal healthy response to allergens and support healthy immune function.
Reclaiming intestinal flora balance with probiotics
Probiotic literally means 'for life'. Probiotics are dynamic, living micro-organisms that benefit our health by helping to maintain balanced, healthy intestinal flora, inhibiting the growth of unwanted intestinal flora and helping to re-establish friendly intestinal flora.
Danisco® probiotics – trusted worldwide
Danisco® is a probiotic specialist, trusted worldwide by manufacturers. Danisco® utilises patented stabilisation technology ensuring that their probiotics are stable at room temperature and do not require refrigeration, handy if you are on the go. The following probiotics have been specifically chosen by Herbs of Gold due to their ability to survive stomach acid and therefore reach the intestines, where they colonise and adhere to the intestinal wall.
- Lactobacillus acidophilus La-14
- Bifidobacterium lactis BI-04
- Lactobacillus plantarum Lp-115
- Saccharomyces cerevisiae (Boulardii), often known as SB
These probiotics are resistant to between 50% -77% of antibiotics, while SB is 100% resistant to antibiotics, making these probiotics suitable to take in conjunction with most antibiotic therapy. Probiotics help maintain healthy digestive function and assist in the maintenance of general wellbeing. See Herbs of Gold Probiotic + SB.