Few people are aware of this, but bacteria in the human body are not always signs of disease. It should be noted that in the intestine of each person, there are billions of microorganisms of different species and pathogens (which cause specific microorganisms that cause diseases), forming the so-called intestinal flora.
Lactobacilli are microorganisms that reach the gastrointestinal tract and recompose the intestinal microbiota, inhibiting the colonization of pathogenic bacteria, and restoring balance. For this reason, they are called probiotics (“beneficial bacteria”).
Benefits that Lactobacilli Offer to Health:
Here are some benefits offered by lactobacilli:
- Restore the balance of intestinal flora
- They improve constipation
- They improve digestion, as they help in the production of proteolytic and lipolytic enzymes
- They recover the integrity of the bowel wall, in the case of inflammatory bowel diseases
- They have anticancer effect
- Reduce diarrheal outbreaks by fighting pathogens
- Increase immunity
- They improve food allergy by preventing the translocation (changing from one place to another) of pathogens.
Where are Lactobacilli?
Lactobacilli can be found in pure milk, which has just left the cow, but not in pasteurized milk (which are what we find in the market). Therefore, the products marketed containing live lactobacilli are yogurts and the so-called probiotics (especially intended to help the digestive system with the introduction of microorganisms). No daily amount of food intake with lactobacillus is recommended. It is believed that one yogurt a day, in combination with a healthy diet, high in fiber and low in saturated fat and refined carbohydrates. It is also worth mentioning that the practice of regular physical exercise is enough to maintain a healthy bowel.
Symptoms that there is an Imbalance in the Intestinal Flora:
These are some of the symptoms that may indicate that there is already an imbalance in the intestinal flora:
- Intoxicated organism
- Many gases
- Lactose intolerance
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Crohn’s disease
- Low immunity
- Chronic fatigue
- The malabsorption of vitamins and minerals
In these cases, supplementation may be indicated.
Contraindications of Lactobacilli:
Should all people consume food with lactobacilli or are there contraindications? This is a fairly common doubt. People with milk allergy should avoid yogurts. Those who have lactose intolerance should use those that do not contain it, such as products called LACFREE. Lactobacilli can also be used in the form of a sachet or capsule, associating with other “good” bacteria, such as bifidobacteria, which improve intestinal function and absorption of calcium, magnesium and iron, in addition to being effective against cystitis. But, it should be noted that it is not necessary to go out there looking for sachets or capsules of lactobacilli. Supplementation should be indicated by a professional (doctor or nutritionist). The most important thing is to follow a good diet daily (rich in fiber and low in saturated fat and refined carbohydrates) associated with the practice of physical exercise and always be attentive to your health … And in the case of other symptoms, consult a doctor of trust.