Microflora… they’re not really small plants

Microflora… they’re not really small plants

When a baby is born, they have little to no bacteria in their digestive system, but over time the ‘microflora’ builds and builds and becomes an essential part of our digestive system.

In adults, the inside surface area of the gastro-intestinal (GI) tract, if spread out, is approximately the size of a tennis court.[i] But what does gut flora do, and how do we keep it healthy?

In layman’s terms, microflora, the good and bad in balance, line your intestines like a barrier, and prevent diseases and harmful toxins from entering your system. When that protective lining is breached, pathogens can easily cause complications. A pathogen is a biological agent that causes disease or illness to its host. The term is most often used for agents that disrupt the normal physiology of a multicellular animal or plant.[ii]

Microflora in the GI tract help with digestion. Parts of the nervous and circulatory systems also play roles in the digestive process. Together, a combination of nerves, hormones, bacteria, blood, and the organs of the digestive system completes the complex task of digesting the foods and liquids a person consumes each day.[iii]

According to provenprobiotics.co.uk:  “Along with periods of intestinal discomfort and bloating, an imbalanced microflora can contribute to low energy, making us feel sluggish and tired.”

The human body carries about 100 trillion microorganisms in its intestines, a number ten times greater than the total number of human cells in the body.[iv]

As such, it seems logical that keeping your intestinal microflora healthy is vital to your general wellbeing.[v]  Provenprobiotics adds: “Many factors, such as diet, the environment, food poisoning, gut infections, illness, antibiotics, stress, lack of sleep and aging can impact the balance of the gut bacteria and allow the less desirable types of bacteria to increase and put the microflora out of balance.”

The good and bad bacteria live in balance (around 85 percent good to 15 bad) in a healthy gastrointestinal (GI) tract, and the good bacteria are commonly referred to as probiotics. If that balance is disturbed health issues arise. A good way to restore that balance is to take a probiotic supplement, like Entiro from Cipla.

Entiro is one of the leading probiotics on the market, and the only one that takes care of your entire GI tract, from top to bottom, and not just your small and large intestines. It’s also available in chewable tabs for those who have difficulty swallowing tablets.

For more information on Entiro, please visit http://www.entiro.co.za/


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