The miracle of the bowels – multitalent and hard labourer
The bowels are the largest organ in the human body. They are eight metres long and consist of millions of villi. These are thin, finger-shaped protrusions which, inside our lower abdomen, form an impressive intestinal surface area as large as two tennis courts (around 400m²). In this way, the bowels have the body’s largest contact surface with the outside world.
The miracle of the bowels - facts and figures:
- 100 billion bacteria settle in every single human being, most of which live in our intestinal walls
- Ten times as many bacteria live in our bowels as our organism has cells
- The microbes in our bowels weigh up to 2 kilos
- The bowels process around 30 tonnes of food and 50,000 litres of liquids during the course of our lives
- The bowels are supported in their work by more than 500 types of bacteria
- 80% of our immune system is based in our bowels
- Our digestive tract contains 100 million nerve cells – more than the spinal bone marrow – and is therefore sometimes referred to as the brain in the belly
- More than 20 hormones are produced in the bowels, including the happiness hormone serotonin and the sleep hormone melatonin
Health begins in the bowels
We only feel truly well when our digestion functions properly, because the intestines are a sensitive network of nerves controlling 80% of all metabolic processes in our bodies. Our bowels are therefore also described as the centre of our well-being. The gut flora (intestinal microbiota) is formed by billions of highly-active bacteria which carry out a wide variety of tasks day after day:
- Breaking down food
- Absorption of vitamins and minerals
- Production of essential vitamins, enzymes and amino acids
- Excretion of harmful components of food
- Production of 80% of our immune cells
- Production of proteins which kill viruses and bacteria (immunoglobulin or antibodies)
- Defence against pathogens and toxins
When the bowels are imbalanced
In order to fulfil the multitudes of functions it has, our intestinal wall needs a highly-efficient protective barrier. An army of billions of useful bacteria ensures that harmful microorganisms cannot settle in our intestines. The following factors can lead to the sensitive microorganism of our bowels becoming imbalanced:
- Constant physical and emotional stress which can lead to inflammation in our intestines
- Bad eating habits and insufficient exercise
- Medicines such as antibiotics which can destroy healthy gut flora as well as pathogens
A damaged gut flora can have a range of effects on our physical and mental well-being. The following disorders can occur when the microorganisms of our bowels are under strain:
- Bowel disorders such as diarrhoea, constipation, flatulence and abdominal pains
- Bowel disorders involving chronic inflammation such as Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Food intolerances such as celiac disease
- The formation of allergies
- Mental strain
Giving the bowels a helping hand
Whether our bowels are healthy depends largely on our lifestyle. Sufficient exercise, plenty of the right liquids, food which is healthy and contains fibre, and avoiding unnecessary medication – all these help the bowels to function well. However, if inflammation has formed in the bowels, it is important to counteract it effectively and to restore a strong barrier against damaging bacteria and allergens. To free the intestines from pathogenic toxins and putrefactive bacteria, certain active bacterial strains are decisive which can be used for treatment in the form of synbiotics.
The power of synbiotics
Synbiotics help to resettle the bowels with healthy bacteria again and to force pathogens out. High-quality synbiotics consist of substances which induce the growth of bacteria (prebiotics) and billions of natural bacteria capable of propagation (probiotics). High-dosage synbiotics are recommended increasingly frequently for the maintenance and restoration of a healthy bowel ecosystem. Their effect has been proven in numerous studies and confirmed by scientists. In a highly-concentrated form they support the regeneration and the health of our intestines, so that our digestion can function again and the bowels can become the centre of well-being.
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