The intestine and its microbiological flora have a strong influence on our physical and mental health.
The intestine has an important function for our organism. This fact has been known for over 2000 years. But exactly how the intestines function microbiologically has only been known for a few years. The science of gut diagnostics is new in relation to human history. Laboratories have only been scrutinizing the micro-ecology of the gut in the truest sense of the word since 2009.
The intestine in its full size
The intestine has an area of 400 square meters and a length of 8 meters. The nutrients enter our body via the so-called microvilli (villi) in the intestine. The complete digestion process takes up to 72 hours, during which the intestinal mucosa is renewed every two days. The so-called gut brain controls this process via a complex nervous system and has more nerves than the spinal cord. The gut reports its processed information to the brain via the vagus nerve. The intestine is capable of higher computing power than the brain, because it has over 100 million nerve cells (neurons). 95% of serotonin is produced in the gastrointestinal tract. Serotonin is the so-called "happiness hormone", it puts you in a good mood. No wonder, then, if your mood rises in line with digestion or is permanently at its lowest point. A lot has to do with the functioning of the intestine.
160 types of bacteria help the intestines with the digestion process. In part, they feed on the roughage and only produce vitamins and important hormones here in the intestine. They stimulate the immune system and protect the intestinal mucosa from unwanted visitors. They break down the food pulp and secrete substances that also affect the brain. They also make you feel good or bad. Anxiety, depression, aggressiveness, neuroses, attention deficits can be the result of intestinal dysbiosis. In addition to allergies and intolerances, psychosomatic symptoms are increasingly being discussed and scientifically examined with regard to the functionality of the intestine.
How the metabolism works in detail is currently being researched in more detail. However, it is quite clear that the microbiological flora in the intestine affects both the body and the psyche. It can be reported from naturopathic practice that as soon as the intestinal flora situation improves significantly, mental irritation also disappears. Bacteria not only help with digestion, they are also significantly involved in the defense against disease and thus in the body's immunity. Today, science knows that 30 diseases are already connected to the intestinal bacteria. These include digestive problems, allergies, intestinal inflammation, neurological diseases and even certain forms of cancer. The intestine and its flora therefore have a strong influence on our health.
Meanwhile, special laboratories are able to very precisely determine the microecology of the intestine. This diagnosis makes targeted therapy possible in practice.
Do you have the feeling that something might be wrong with your intestines? I would be happy to advise you on this topic in practice.