Human well-being depends largely on the state of the microflora in various organs. If its balance corresponds to optimal performance (for age, sex, weight, and other characteristics), then the person will feel light, cheerful, and his body will cope with negative stimuli faster and more efficiently. If the microflora is unbalanced, many vital as well as other necessary processes will occur more slowly, which will entail many negative consequences, for example:
- slowing down the metabolism;
- delayed elimination of toxins;
- slow processing of food and the separation of toxic substances, which provokes an increased absorption of toxins into the blood;
- decrease in digestibility of food, etc.
The above, in turn, will affect virtually all body systems. For example, there may be failures in the nervous system, reduced performance and efficiency, the occurrence of insomnia. Slowing down the metabolism negatively affects the immune system, the rate of tissue renewal and provokes an increased tendency to diseases, and in the long run – premature wear of tissues and, accordingly, early aging of the body. Among other things, first of all, the liver and urinary system will suffer as those responsible for the elimination of toxins and waste substances from the body.
All this leads us to the fact that the state of the microflora must be monitored. In the first place – in the gastrointestinal tract. Although maintaining it in the genitals, urinary system, as well as on the skin and mucous membranes of the nasopharynx is also important.
Microflora: what it is and why it is needed
Speaking about the microflora balance in the human body, we mean such a combination of bacteria, in which the corresponding organs work best. What is the relationship between bacteria and organs?
This is best seen in the intestinal work.
Bacteria that live in the intestines, digest dietary fiber and other hard carbohydrates, as well as other heavy elements, which invariably come from food, but are not absorbed. In the course of this activity, they produce two classes of substances necessary for intestinal health, namely:
- short chain fatty acids.
Each of us is familiar with vitamins, so there are no questions about their benefits. They support the local immunity of the intestines and in part ensure its good and fast work.
What are short chain fatty acids? These are substances that the intestines produce during the fermentation of dietary fiber. Simply put – when splitting hard carbohydrates. Dietary fibers include carbohydrates, which are found in raw vegetables (they consist almost entirely of dietary fiber), fruits, whole grain cereals, whole grain bread. When digesting these carbohydrates, the intestine secretes the so-called butyric acid. Firstly, it is the main source of energy for the intestines, secondly, it strengthens it, and thirdly, it is a natural prophylactic against many diseases. These products are considered useful, in particular, precisely because they provoke the release of butyric acid.
Interesting! Butyric acid is one of the strongest anti-cancer substances that the human body releases. Therefore, people who consume large amounts of unrecycled (thermally and in other ways) dietary fiber are much less susceptible to bowel cancer.
Bacteria that live in the biliary tract and on the mucous membrane of the internal genital organs, in the course of their vital activity, secrete vitamins, vitamin-like and anti-inflammatory substances. In other words, they are the natural protection of these organs from various negative factors – both external (overcooling, etc.) and internal (viruses, foreign bacteria, inorganic heavy substances that provoke diseases, for example, toxins that a person receives from the treated pesticides food).
Lactic acid bacterium Lactobacillus plantarum
There are several varieties of beneficial bacteria. One of the most common – and most important for humans – is Lactobacillus plantarum. It lives primarily in the intestines, although it is found in human saliva, and in other secretions. For survival in the intestine, Lactobacillus plantarum produces a significant amount of substances that negatively affect other types of bacteria ingested from the outside with food. Simply put, it produces antibacterial substances that do not affect it itself and some other harmless bacteria, but kill those types of bacteria that threaten it.
“What is such a smart bacterium? – you ask. “How is she able to figure out who to kill?” Very simple. There are non-aggressive bacteria, which are very easy to “crush”; there are “moderately aggressive” bacteria that start to struggle for survival when they “see” a significant threat to their existence and touch harmless ne647049; and there are aggressive bacteria, whose survival program is sharpened by the destruction of all other species of bacteria, regardless of their danger.
A balanced intestinal microflora suggests the presence of the first two species. Non-aggressive bacteria slowly exist, producing substances to support their vital functions, which are also beneficial for humans (this is why the human body does not fight with them). Destroying non-aggressive bacteria is very simple. “Medium aggressive” bacteria, to which Lactobacillus plantarum belongs, stand on “guard” and secrete, among other things, substances that destroy aggressive bacteria. Aggressive bacteria, barely getting into the stomach, begin to try to destroy everything in their path, but, if there are not many of them, they do not have time to inflict significant damage, because they are destroyed by substances synthesized by “moderately aggressive” bacteria. In fact, there is nothing “clever” in the behavior of Lactobacillus plantarum and there are no similar bacteria: it is just a struggle for survival. And the fact that it occurs in the human body is the merit of the organism, which “understood” that it needs these bacteria, and allowed them to exist in their organs.
Violation of microflora – violation of the optimal number of beneficial bacteria
Of course, the organism does not allow bacteria useful for itself to exist on its territory without control. But in order to regulate their quantity in accordance with their needs, he needs various substances. These substances come from food — or at least should come from it. When substances are not enough, the body does not have the ability to control the number of bacteria – and there is a violation of microflora.
Often, if we consider the intestines, the violation of the microflora is manifested in a significant decrease in the number of non-aggressive and moderately aggressive bacteria due to the destruction of aggressive brethren coming from food. There are, of course, reverse situations: when one of the beneficial bacteria begins to multiply uncontrollably and in such numbers is already harmful. Strictly speaking, this happens more often in other organs, for example, in the female genital organs (from here we have candidiasis, ureaplasmosis and other diseases caused by an excessive amount of any bacteria). But it also happens in the intestines – if you drink a liter of kefir right away, eat yogurt sourdough at a time, etc.
However, after kefir, the body quickly comes to life, because if you don’t load the gastrointestinal tract with something heavy, it will be able to deal with excess lactic acid bacteria: most of them are moderately aggressive and, although they fight for survival, they are moderate. But with their lack, the situation is worse: the intestine loses its source of energy, its immunity decreases, the mucous membrane becomes thinner. All this is much more dangerous, because if an aggressive bacterium gets into such an environment, the body will not cope with it – and a person will get bacterial intestinal diseases. Trying to cope with them will weaken the immune system even more – and there is not far to inflammatory diseases, gastritis, ulcers, and even cancer (of course, not immediately, for such serious consequences will take months of life with severely disturbed microflora).
Lactobacillus plantarum is precisely one of those lactic acid bacteria, the lack of which can provoke the unpleasant situation described above.
The conclusion is obvious: it is necessary to maintain the number of required lactic acid bacteria at an optimal level. It would seem that there is an amaranth: it is very far from milk.
Lactobacillus plantarum and amaranth
Studies show that he is not so far away from him and that everything in the body is interconnected. Unfortunately, the development of biotechnology has not reached the level where a person can eat for breakfast exactly the measured amount of necessary bacteria – and they will immediately settle down comfortably in his intestines. We have to go detours and use those products that will help the body support the right amount of bacteria. Amaranth is one of such products: it allows you to maintain the normal amount of Lactobacillus plantarum when using lactic acid food.
The experiment confirming this was carried out on the basis of the Odessa National Academy of Food Technology molochnokislye-bakterii11 in 2014. In the test tubes with human gastric juice, gastric enzymes and sterilized milk, in one case dietary fibers with amaranth oil were added, and in the second case – only dietary fibers. The resulting mixture was heated to a temperature that is set in the gastrointestinal tract during food digestion, that is, to 37 degrees, and kept in a thermostat that maintained this temperature. After a few hours of incubation in the thermostat, the mixture turned out to be as close as possible in its characteristics to the natural indicators. After that, a small amount of Lactobacillus plantarum was seeded into it. The amount was calculated based on the amount of Lactobacillus plantarum in the gastrointestinal tract of a person with dysbacteriosis. After sowing, the mixture was left for another 8 hours in a thermostat.
The results of the experiment showed the following. In a mixture where there was no amaranth oil and where Lactobacillus plantarum multiplied solely due to the presence of dietary fiber, the final amount of this bacterium was 60% of the norm. In the mixture, where, in addition to dietary fiber, amaranth oil was present, Lactobacillus plantarum multiplied much more successfully, and as a result its amount was 83% of the norm.
What conclusions can be drawn from this?
Firstly, it is obvious that amaranth oil in combination with dietary fibers and lactic acid products can successfully cure intestinal dysbiosis. At least, if the digestibility of all the listed products is not reduced and there are no other problems with the gastrointestinal tract.
The most effective in this case would be the simultaneous consumption of milk or another lactic acid product, whole-grain cereal (alternatively amaranth) and amaranth oil. Of course, for successful treatment, the combination of these products must be entered into the daily menu: one time is not enough. You will also need to follow a diet in order not to injure the stomach with heavy food during treatment.
Secondly, the reproduction rate of Lactobacillus plantarum, which is observed in the combination of dietary fiber, milk and amaranth oil, will entail the activation of many processes in the intestine. Namely:
- production of butyric acid, which we mentioned at the beginning of the article, will increase;
- due to the increase in the amount of butyric acid, the gastrointestinal tract, which received “energy” for work, will begin to actively release enzymes and eventually digest food;
- intestinal motility increases.
The combination of these factors leads to a quick cleansing of the intestinal walls of unwanted food, which “stagnated” there as a result of slow digestion, weak peristalsis and low activity of the 2140-bakterie chick in principle. Therefore, it can be said that a combination of milk, dietary fiber and amaranth oil cleanses the body and can be used for constipation.
Thirdly, the regular use of these products in the complex will maintain the intestinal microflora at the required level. This concerns the maintenance of not only Lactobacillus plantarum, but also other lactic acid bacteria that reproduce according to a similar principle, that is, the majority of lactic acid bacteria that are needed by man.
It is important to observe the proportions in order not to provoke excessive reproduction of lactic acid bacteria. To do this, it is necessary to calculate a dose of dairy product that does not contain more than 10-20% of the required bacteria per day. Unfortunately, different amounts of lactic acid bacteria are contained in different dairy products, and the age, sex, weight, and other characteristics of a person must be taken into account in the calculation. However, a very approximately the required amount of lactic acid bacteria is contained in such a quantity of products:
- kefir – 200 ml;
- ryazhenka – 200 ml;
- milk – 300-400 ml, depending on the fat content;
- cottage cheese – 150-200 g depending on the fat content;
- yogurt – 150 ml.
Please note that an approximate calculation is made on the basis of the daily need of an adult, whose weight is about 60 kg, height – about 170 cm, age – 23-40 years.
We also draw the attention of readers that it is necessary to use daily one of these products, and not all at once.
There are quite a few options for combining the listed dairy products with dietary fiber and amaranth oil, but the most recommended are porridges on water, seasoned with amaranth oil. It is also possible to pour porridge on the water or cereal milk.
In conclusion, some information from the American Gastroenterological Association (American Gastroenterological Association), which has been operating for more than a century.
According to the information provided on the organization’s website, Lactobacillus plantarum is one of the best natural medicines for patients with irritable bowel syndrome. In particular, these bacteria contribute to the reduction of bloating from gas and generally prevent increased gas formation.
Lactobacillus fermentum – one of the strains of Lactobacillus plantarum – is the main active ingredient of many probiotics, normalizing the gastrointestinal tract and used in the treatment of its various disorders. In the CIS space, these probiotics are most often found with the prefix “lacto” (“Lactobacterin”, etc.). Some of them include vegetable oils rich in vitamin E and unsaturated fats. It is worth noting that amaranth oil also contains these substances.
Be healthy – with amaranth!