What are probiotics and how can probiotics support intestinal health?

Probiotics are cultures of bacteria found in a healthy intestine. But why are probiotics so important for intestinal health?

There are many different strains of bacteria (or bacterial cultures), some of which are known for their intestinal benefits. These living microorganisms – the "good" intestinal bacteria – are very important for good intestinal health.

The intestine is healthy when the intestinal flora is in balance. The intestinal flora is populated by both "good" and "bad" bacteria (which, in their entirety, are called the microbiome). As soon as the "bad" bacteria predominate, the intestinal flora can quickly become unbalanced. The fact that it is out of balance is shown by an increased susceptibility to infections (for example, cold viruses, diarrhea pathogens, fungi, etc.). The reason for this is that the "intestinal" bacteria work hard to defend the body against pathogens.

An intact intestinal flora is important for digestion, intestinal peristalsis, the immune system, and both physical and mental performance.

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Probiotics can have incredible health-promoting and health-maintaining effects on the human organism. Without the naturally occurring microorganisms, for example, normal digestion would not be possible. If the balance of the intestinal flora shifts, this can trigger digestive problems such as bloating, constipation or diarrhea. Antibiotics and other drugs can also upset the balance of the microbiome. In addition, the intact microbiome stimulates intestinal movements. In addition, the intestinal flora is elementarily important for the immune defence. A strong immune system needs an intestine that functions well, and a healthy intestine needs balanced intestinal flora. Intestinal flora probiotics are therefore "good" intestinal bacteria and support its range of functions.

Why are probiotics important for the intestine?

The regular intake of probiotics for the intestine or probiotic foods supports the development and maintenance of the intestinal flora. How can a disturbed intestinal flora occur?

There are many causes for a disturbed intestinal flora. The most common reason is an unbalanced nutrition that is also low in fibre. This consists mainly of sugary foods, white flour, baked goods, fried products, fast food, and convenience products.

In addition to nutrition, however, there are other factors that can have a lasting effect on intestinal health. For example, antibiotics can disrupt the settlement of the intestine and lead to a decrease in the number of intestinal bacteria. This is usually accompanied by an increase in "bad" bacteria, which can have a negative effect on digestion and well-being.

Environmental toxins that enter our organism can also cause intestinal problems. Persistent stress also puts the body in state of "emergency," which can also affect the intestinal flora and thus the intestinal function.

Probiotics for the intestine and probiotic foods

Probiotics for the intestine produce lactic acid, which strengthens the " good" bacteria and keeps the "bad" bacteria in check. Probiotic bacteria are found in fermented, lactic fermented foods such as yogurt, kombucha, kefir, and sauerkraut.

In recent years, the variety of different "good" bacteria in fermented foods has decreased. Due to various industrialization processes, most manufacturers now only use individual, selected strains of bacteria. In addition, the products are heated to ensure food safety. However, this also causes the probiotic cultures in a yogurt, for example, to increase dramaticaly. So when we go to the supermarket, there are few products that actually contain a broad spectrum of "good" bacteria. These "good" bacteria that are still present also have to pass through the stomach on their way to the intestine. Here, the stomach acid is an obstacle, as many bacteria die in the acidic environment.

The Fructo Biotic Daily Shot from Frusano was developed precisely for this purpose. It is a probiotic drink with an acidic pH value. In order to survive in the acidic liquid, the bacteria in the drink have formed a protective acid mantle. Since stomach acid has a similar pH, the bacteria are protected by this acid mantle. This allows the "good" bacteria to arrive in the intestine and strengthen the intestinal flora. Regular intake is recommended so that the bacteria from Fructo-Biotic can settle in the intestine.

Probiotics for intolerances or IBS for intestinal rehabilitation

Probiotics are also a good choice for those with fructose intolerance or other intolerances, as they can  bring the intestinal flora back into balance. Whether probiotics are used for irritable bowel syndrome or as intestinal rehabilitation, the positive effects on the intestinal flora are clear.

The regular intake of probiotics supports the intestinal mucosa and its barrier function. Thanks to the anti-inflammatory bacterial strains, the immune system can support the intestine to regulate stress-related disorders, for example. Probiotics can therefore help to strengthen the intestinal flora. Positive effects can be expected for probiotics for irritable bowel syndrome as well as for intestinal rehabilitation.