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Well, may we introduce:
First of all in general - Bifidobacteria:
Bifidobacteria are among the most common probiotic bacteria found in the human body - they make up more than 80% of the microorganisms in your gut ! Bifidobacteria are lactic acid bacteria that normally live in the intestines and vagina, but can also be absorbed into the body through the consumption of probiotic foods or probiotics. Once in the intestine, they can settle there and multiply. Bifidobacteria help the body break down food and absorb nutrients. They also have another important function: They can help prevent “bad” bacteria from entering the body through the intestinal wall and thus support the immune system.
Bifidobacteria are real miracle weapons when it comes to killing "bad" bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract or in the urinary tract. So you can imagine it like this: During or after taking antibiotics, “good” bacteria in your intestines also die off. To prevent the "bad" bacteria from taking over now, the bifidobacteria come into play because they can prevent disease-causing bacteria from multiplying. This brings your intestinal flora back into balance.
These bacteria can help treat diarrhea, constipation, and gas. In addition, bifidobacteria strengthen the body's defense system through a variety of mechanisms. It is therefore important for a healthy body and good well-being to have enough bifidobacteria as part of the intestinal flora.
The Bifidobacterium Infantis is one of the most common microorganisms in the body of breastfed infants, as this bacterium is mainly passed on to the newborn through breast milk.
Like other bifidobacteria, Bifidobacterium infantis produces short-chain fatty acids in the intestine. This includes acetic acid, which ensures that the cells in your intestinal lining are nourished. In addition, this has another decisive advantage: it repels invading pathogens such as yeast and various fungi, which can lead to various diseases and infections. Acetic acid is particularly important for babies because it serves as a great source of energy.
When children are born, they are born with open spaces between the intestinal cells. This provides a large target for invading toxins (poisons) and other harmful bacteria. Bifidobacterium infantis has an important job in sending signals to the cells lining the gut, encouraging them to make proteins to close the gaps between cells in the gut wall. The following applies: the denser the intestinal wall, the lower the child's susceptibility to disease.
This bacterial strain also produces folate - also known as vitamin B9. Folate is responsible for the production of red blood cells, which in turn are responsible for transporting oxygen in the body.
Now you're probably thinking: Sounds like Bifidobacterium Infantis is only important for newborns, doesn't it? No it's not. Because this strain of bacteria also supports digestion and general intestinal function in adulthood. Studies show that these bacteria help against digestive problems such as diarrhea, constipation and gas, as well as alleviate symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome.
Where are bifidobacteria found?
- Sour pickles
- Your Dailybacs
And now to the lactobacilli:
Lactobacilli are bacteria that, as the name suggests, produce the enzyme lactase. They are found in the intestines, on the skin and in women in the vagina and support normal intestinal function, have positive effects on the intestinal mucosa and also protect against infectious diseases. Lactobacilli are adapted to survive in both acidic and alkaline conditions in your body. They attach themselves to the intestinal wall and can colonize it - this has long-term positive effects on your intestinal health.
This bacterium is increasingly used for gastrointestinal complaints, vaginal infections, such as cystitis and allergic diseases.
Lactobacilli are true all-rounders because they have antimicrobial, antiviral, immune-modulating and immune-stimulating properties. They also have anti-inflammatory, digestive and help against diarrhea. After taking lactobacilli they can normalize the composition of the intestinal flora and thus increase your well-being. At the same time, they have a positive effect on the intestinal mucosa, stimulate the formation of mucus in the intestine and strengthen the barrier function of the epithelium*. But that's not all: lactobacilli stimulate your intestines to move more and thus counteract constipation, support the immune system and at the same time inhibit the growth of pathogenic microorganisms and viruses. Aren't these little helpers in your intestines impressive?
The Lactobacillus Rhamnosus:
After its discoverers Sherwood Gorbach and Barry Golding, the Lactobacillus Rhamnosus is also called Lactobacillus GG abbreviated. As the name suggests, this bacillus belongs to the genus of lactic acid bacteria. Due to its ability to ferment lactose into lactic acid, it leads to an acidification of its surroundings.
Like the other lactobacilli, Lactobacillus Rhamnosus is mainly found in the gastrointestinal, urinary and genital tracts of humans. However, studies have shown that Lactobacillus GG is not a permanent resident of the gastrointestinal tract. It has only been detected intermittently in the digestive organs of some healthy subjects.
The Lactobacillus Rhamnosus has some positive effects on the human body, including the production of antimicrobial substances that fight against pathogenic germs such as salmonella. They also promote a positive composition of the bacterial flora in the intestine, mouth and genital tract. They have anti-inflammatory properties and can positively influence the immune system. And last but not least, they can make a positive contribution to the barrier function of the intestine and the protection of the mucous membranes.
The Lactobacillus GG can have very positive effects on the composition of the human intestinal flora and thus counteract an imbalance between beneficial - "good" - and pathogenic - "bad" - bacteria in the intestine. If your intestinal flora is out of balance, this can lead to malfunctions in your digestion and infections in the gastrointestinal tract, as well as obesity.
Last but not least - the Lactobacillus Plantarum:
In contrast to Lactobacillus GG, Lactobacillus Plantarum is a permanent resident of your body. Strictly speaking, it is found in the gastrointestinal tract and in the saliva of healthy people. It also belongs to the lactic acid bacteria family, but has one of the largest genomes in its genus.
Like other lactic acid bacteria, Lactobacillus Plantarum has numerous positive effects on human health. This includes the production of antimicrobial substances that fight against pathogenic germs. They have anti-inflammatory properties, have a positive effect on the immune system, improve the barrier function of the mucous membranes and thus have a beneficial effect on the bacterial flora in the intestine. They are also responsible for acidifying their environment through the production of lactic acid and can break down bile acid.
The Lactobacillus Plantarum normally colonizes the gastrointestinal tract of healthy people and can positively influence the composition of the intestinal flora. Like Lactobacillus Rhamnosus, it can counteract an imbalance between bad and positive bacteria in the intestine.
In medicine, Lactobacillus Plantarum is used to treat lipid metabolism disorders, obesity, irritable bowel syndrome, chronic inflammatory bowel diseases and mental illnesses.
Where are Lactobacillus Rhamnosus and Lactobacillus Plantarum contained?
- Fermented foods
- Sauerkraut and pickles
- buttermilk, yoghurt, milk
- Your Dailybacs
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*Epithel: The epithelial or covering tissue is a complex of specialized cell structures arranged in a planar manner without any intercellular substance worth mentioning. They always occupy the boundary surfaces of the body, i.H they are on the skin surface or on the inside of hollow organs; https://www.lecturio.de/magazin/histologie-epithelien/