A normal healthy gastro-intestinal tract contains approximately 1.5 kg bacteria and other micro organisms. Some factors like disease, increasing age, treatment with some medications like antibiotics, and colon cleansing for colonoscopy or certain radiological procedures, greatly reduce this number of micro-flora.
As many as 60% of diseases begin in the gastro-intestinal tract –
Imbalances lead to a number of unpleasant conditions like diarrhea, constipation, bloating, IBS, allergies, poor digestion and poor nutrient absorption.
The bacteria in our digestive system manufacture substances that can either raise or lower our risk of disease, impact the effectiveness of medication, influence our immune response, or nutritional status and our rate of ageing. Clearly, intestinal bacteria are worth paying attention to.
A total of 100 trillion bacteria live in our digestive system, in either a symbiotic or antagonistic relationship. That is ten times more intestinal bacteria than there are cells in the body.
Some groups of bacteria can cause acute or chronic illness, but another group of bacteria offers protective and nutritive properties. These friendly bacteria are called intestinal flora or probiotics.
Probiotics are live micro-organisms that, when consumed in adequate amounts, confer a health benefit to the host.
The two most important groups of intestinal flora are Lactobacilli – found mainly in the small intestine, and Bifidobacteria – found mainly in the colon.
These bacteria are critical for normal development of the intestine and for defense against infections, and are vital for our health.
Bacteria in the gut are known to:
- Prevent and stop diarrhea or constipation in adults and children
- Aid digestion and break down toxins
- Produce vitamins B12 and K
- Stimulate the immune system
Probiotics may act through:
- Competitive exclusion of pathogens (bad bacteria) causing diarrhea
- Formation of antimicrobial substances
- Inhibition of adherence or translocation of pathogens by colonization
- Enhancement of mucosal barrier function
- Immune modulation
Choose a probiotic with strains which have well documented effect on restoring bacterial balance in the intestine and thereby enhancing gastrointestinal wellbeing.
A high level of documentation gives a product the opportunity to stand out by showing that the product is well researched in terms of having a positive effect on intestinal health.
There is therefore no reason to suffer from chronic diarrhea or other stomach upsets
caused by E Coli or rotavirus as regular supplementation with a good probiotic could colonize the gastrointestinal tract thus making it much less likely for pathogens to cause ill effect.
Based on study results, QuatroFlora ™ capsules containing
Bifidobacterium, BB-12®, Lactobacillus acidophilus, LA-5 ® ,
Lactobacillus bulgaricus, LBY-27 and Streptococcus thermophilus, STY-31
strains of probiotic bacteria is recommended for improving gastro-intestinal health and well-being.