Probiotics and Nutrition :The Key Factors for Digestive Health
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Probiotics and Nutrition :The Key Factors for Digestive Health

Authored by DesiMD Doctor on 12 Mar 2014 - 14:18

The importance of a healthy diet coupled with probiotics is known since a long time, and a new study, presented at the Gut Microbiota for World Health Summit, Miami, Florida, USA seems to have cleared the underlying mechanism behind it.

It has already been found how probiotics tend to have many beneficial effects on the body, especially in conditions like diarrhoea, colic, eczema, gastroenteritis, necrotizing enterocolitis.

This study, in particular, has found how some probiotics function and hold the host in different ways; some probiotics hold the pathogens by improving the function of the intestinal barrier and preventing the pathogens from invading and attacking the tissues. On the other hand, certain probiotics work by strengthening the function of the immune system and acting as an anti-inflammatory compound.

Diet is a central issue when it comes to preserving our gastrointestinal health, because by eating and digesting, we literally feed our gut microbiota, and thus influence its diversity and composition.  Although a disrupted microbial equilibrium can have many causes — infectious pathogens or use of antibiotics among them — the role of our daily food and lifestyle is crucial. Thus, the maintenance of our gastrointestinal health is to a considerable extent in our own hands, says the distinguished Microbiota expert Professor Francisco Guarner.

This new study has also revealed how probiotic compounds may also help patients who are immunocompromised and are more likely to suffer from bacterium infections.

"The crucial challenge is to clearly determine which organisms are beneficial and exert a preventive or therapeutic effect. And for those that can duly be termed 'probiotics', the range of applications has to be defined more precisely than has been done so far," distinguished microbiota expert Professor Francisco Guarner, explained.