Intestine – the root of good health

People say that good health begins in the intestine. This means that we have to be able to keep this 5,5 to 7,5 meter long structure healthy in order to live a healthy life. It represents 32 m2 of living space for around 100 trillions of bacteria. Microorganisms form the so-called intestinal flora (also known as microbiome). Quality of intestinal flora is crucial for a properly functioning immune system and for a good digestion.

 

How does our intestine work?

The focus of the intestine is on the digestion of food. But the influence of this winding muscle tube, consisting of small and large intestine goes far beyond:

  • different messenger substances are produced in small intestine
  • it plays a decisive role in the defense against infections
  • it regulates the water balance
  • it influences the mental condition of some people
  • endogenous enzymes in small intestine degrade ingested food ingredients, such as carbohydrates, proteins and fats
  • the longer part of small intestine  leads into shorter colon, whereby intestinal content exits by peristaltic movements into anus
  • Good food processing in the intestine is teamwork. The vegetative nervous system (stomach-brain) is the so called head of the team while the organs act as suppliers of important ingredients for the digestion.

 

How do nutrients get into the muscles?

The intestinal mucosa (mucous membrane) forms small protrusions, which increase the surface of intestine. Most of the nutrients are absorbed by intestinal mucosa into small intestine. These nutrients have to be split through bacteria into soluble molecules; so that they can be taken up by the body. Unfragmented substances are called fibers (which are important as well).

  • Carbohydrates are split into simple sugars
  • proteins become amino acids
  • fats are converted into glycerine and fatty acids
  • nutrients reach the liver via blood and are further processed in the liver

 

Which role have micronutrients in the intestine?

A healthy diet with the most important micronutrients promotes functionality of the intestine, mucous membrane and immune system, a complex network where constantly run cell division processes. By the way: every 3 days our intestinal mucosa is completely renewed.

 

For a normal immune function the following micronutrients are of enormous importance:

  • zinc, selenium, vitamins A, C, E, B6, B12 and folic acid and vitamin D

 

For a normal function of our skin and mucous membranes the following micronutrients are very important:

  • zinc, vitamins B2, B12, biotin and niacin
  • amino acid L-glutamine

 

What to do when intestine is out of balance? With assistance of food supplements (for example NicaLact Biotik) beneficial intestinal bacteria can be resettled in the intestine. Those who already have to take different medicines in form of tablets and if they prefer not to swallow additional capsules, they can get Lactobacteria as well in powder form (NicaBiotic 6). Lactobacteria is the name for a strain of valuable intestinal bacteria. Intestinal cleaning either short or long-term are helpful to set up again healthy environment in the intestine. Further information regarding intestinal cleaning, therapies and rehabilitation is coming soon.

 

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