"The intestinal microbiota, a key player in health"

Today considered to be a full-fledged organ of the human body, the intestinal microbiota, also called by scientists "second human brain", plays a decisive role in our health.

It weighs 1 to 2 kilos and is directly linked to our brain ...

The intestinal microbiota is made up of 10 billion bacteria and 000 million neurons that evolve in community within the digestive tract.

The composition of the intestinal microbiota is unique to each individual and evolves throughout life.

The microbiota is almost non-existent at birth and is formed little by little, hence the importance of a good diet from an early age….

Its balance is essential for health because while many bacteria present in the body are beneficial, others, on the contrary, prove to be harmful.

How does the microbiota work?

Inside the digestive tract, bacteria live in community.

They remain attached to the walls of the digestive tract thanks to the biofilm, a protective screen that prevents them from being carried away by intestinal transit.

The intestinal microbiota is a stable organ: once it reaches adulthood, its composition changes little. It is at birth, then from 65-70 years, that the diversity of species it shelters varies the most.

The intestinal microbiota fulfills three major health functions:

Food digestion

Undigested food in the small intestine is fermented by the gut microbiota in the colon.

An essential function for our daily digestive comfort and beneficial for the body since it releases in the body short-chain fatty acids, molecules involved in many reactions of the body.

Barrier effect

The body is protected from unwanted bacteria thanks to the barrier effect of the intestinal microbiota, in particular bacteria potentially dangerous for human health.

Development of the immune system

The intestinal microbiota exerts a permanent stimulation on the immune system, nearly 60% of our immune cells being contained in the intestine.

If the intestinal microbiota suffers from an imbalance, this is called dysbiosis. Its impact on health then varies from a simple deregulation, to the pathology or even to the transitory or definitive disappearance of the benefits that it usually provides.

Several disturbances are now correlated with dysbiosis:

  • Functional digestive disorders, including irritable bowel syndrome
  • Allergies (especially in children)
  • IBD (chronic inflammatory bowel disease)
  • Infections
  • Obesity
  • Metabolic diseases

In recent years, knowledge relating to gut microbiota bacteria has exploded.

There is communication between the gut and the brain and if stress influences our gut, the reverse is also true: our second brain can play with our emotions and our behaviors.

Scientists show us that the brain in our cranium is not the only master on board.

They explain to us that the millions of neurons in our belly and the hundreds of billions of bacteria with which we live in symbiosis, influence our emotions and our personality.

Food plays a fundamental role throughout life on the quality and balance of the intestinal microbiota.

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