How to soothe the intestines?


A defective intestine does not allow you to forget about yourself even for a moment. Abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhea, flatulence prompt you to seek help. The first step should be to see a doctor who can rule out more serious conditions such as inflammatory bowel disease, cancer, and possibly order more detailed tests. A high-fiber diet is essential in treatment. Foods rich in fats and carbohydrates should be put aside.

People with symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) are recommended FODMAP, a diet low in fermenting oligo-, di- and monosaccharides and polyols. Easily fermentable, poorly absorbed carbohydrates with high osmotic pressure, such as fructose, lactose and alcohols present in artificial sweeteners – sorbitol, mannitol, xylitol, may aggravate intestinal symptoms.

Good bacteria. Probiotics that complement the daily diet are invaluable help. Supplementation with them often becomes a necessity, because modern food appeared during transport and storage. Probiotics are live microorganisms that, when given in the right amount, have a beneficial effect on health, are very helpful in flatulence, constipation, diarrhea and abdominal pain. They should be clinically tested and the full name of the strain must appear on the packaging.

Probiotic doses are measured in CFUs, which indicate how many live bacterial organisms are provided in each dose. An effective probiotic contains approximately one billion CFUs per day. For the treatment to be effective, we use it for a minimum of a month, preferably for three months. On a daily basis, it is worth consuming natural probiotics, such as natural yoghurt (without sugar), kefir and buttermilk, as well as homemade sauerkraut or cucumbers.

The silages ferment under the influence of the multiplication of the lactic acid bacteria Lactobacillus plantarum, thanks to which digestion is improved and toxins are removed. Researchers from the University of California in Los Angeles have found that the bacteria consumed in food can affect the functioning of the human brain. They believe that signals sent from the gut to the brain can also be modulated by changing diet.


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