The place of the intestine is crucial in the functioning of our body. Its role is multiple. On the one hand, it is responsible for absorbing all of the nutrients needed for our cells to work properly. On the other hand, it has an immunity role: the intestine prevents any access to pathogenic bacteria and viruses but also to macro-molecules which mainly come from food. In nutrition therapy, when a person is suffering from one or more disorders, the main aim is to find the cause, before putting a medication in place. We must therefore ensure the proper functioning of the intestine by introducing a first-line approach.
Ensuring the Quality of the Intestinal Flora
In this context, it is important to ensure the quality of the intestinal flora. The billions of bacteria that live inside us live thanks to us, but we also live thanks to them! Such bacteria play a significant role in the proper functioning of the immune system. They are capable of keeping away from potentially pathogenic elements, manufacturing antibiotics to prevent infections, balancing our transit, optimizing digestion and absorbing micronutrients. It is then necessary to ensure the good permeability of the intestinal mucosa.
What is Intestinal Permeability?
Intestinal permeability is ensured by a single layer of cells called enterocytes. These enterocytes are very tight and enable selective permeability. Only the "authorized" elements (vitamins, minerals and amino acids of small sizes) are allowed to pass through according to well established biochemical protocols.
Unfortunately certain factors related to our lifestyles deteriorate this permeability: stress, taking medications, chronic alcohol consumption, intense sport, infections, food allergies, age, etc.
All of these factors contribute to breaking the cement between the enterocytes, making the intestine porous. The whole immunity is therefore disrupted. The organism is therefore more easily infected by bacteria or viruses. Large undigested molecules pass through the intestinal barrier, overloading the activity of the liver. An insidious intoxication sets in. The consequences are numerous. Without speaking of pathology, numerous disorders such as chronic fatigue syndrome, migraine, tendinitis, cramps, muscle pain, irritable bowel syndrome and sleep disorders appear. If the patient is suffering from a number of disorders at once, it is not reasonable to give a medication for each symptom. It is more relevant to look for the causes. And one of the causes could be the disruption of intestinal integrity. There are simple solutions which, when implemented in a first-line approach, can save a lot of time in solving disorders.
How to rebuild a Balanced Flora?
There are two things to do simultaneously for a period of 1 to 3 months depending on the extent of the symptoms: provide probiotic supplementation from qualitative strains and a daily intake of 3 g of Glutamine. Probiotics make it possible to rebuild a balanced flora. Glutamine provides enough energy to renew the enterocytes and allow the tight junctions to be rebuilt to ensure good intestinal permeability. Many genes will therefore disappear by themselves. You then just have to use a lighter maintenance treatmentwith 3 g of glutamine once or twice a week and settle for 3 to 4 cycles of probiotics per year.