Intestinal flora? Must Take Care Of It
Surely you have heard about intestinal flora, but really... Do you know what it is? The intestinal flora, also called intestinal microbiota or bacterial flora, is a group of living microorganisms or bacteria that inhabit our intestines and serve three purposes: nutritive, immunological, and protective.
Humans are born sterile, without the set of microorganisms indicated above. The mother's gastrointestinal tract and vaginal flora provide the newborn with its initial trace of bacteria. A few hours after delivery, the baby starts to fill with germs owing to food ingestion (breast milk initially, and later other meals).
How to take care of your intestinal flora and prevent imbalances?
Inconsistent symptoms like constipation, intestinal heaviness, bloating, and excessive gas can be brought on by little changes in our gut flora. We would like to share with you a few suggestions to stop this from occurring:
- Your stomach will appreciate you for taking your time when eating and chewing; it will aid in improved digestion.
- Aim for 1.5 litres of water per day. In addition to water found in food, other sources of water include fruit, vegetables, broths, soups, and infusions.
- Try to maintain and respect a schedule, ideally, both for meals and going to the bathroom.
- Limit your intake of certain meals, avoid fizzy beverages, and cut back on items that make you gassy (leeks, cabbage, beans, peas, etc.), those that have a high-fat content or are harmful (cakes, industrial pastries, alcohol, processed foods…) and laxative fibres.
- Avoid big meals; it's preferable to eat several smaller ones throughout the day.
- Aim for a diet heavy in protein and low in fat.
- Make an effort to live a healthy lifestyle; regular exercise will keep you in shape and improve your health.
We encourage you to follow these tips, your health will thank you!