Intestinal wellbeing and immune system, what’s new?


Recent findings have highlighted the importance of the intestinal environment in relation to the health and activity of the immune system.
It was shown that antibody activity is related to the type of bacteria in the small or small intestine.
It has been seen that the presence of a particular family of bacteria of the genus Prevotella, is related to the general health of the organism, but especially for the immune system, as it maintains the immunological tolerance, ie the stability and correct function of the antibodies in keeping away, and eliminating if necessary, any bacteria or toxins present in the foods we ingest.
The eating habits that are maintained over time are able to influence the functions and reactions of the antibodies in a positive or negative sense.
For example, people who follow a diet rich in proteins often suffer from constipation or fermentation of substances derived from the putrefaction of bacteria, known as the box.
While a diet rich in carbohydrates and leavening and / or sweet substances, are more predisposed to produce fermenting substances, ie indicate and indole.
The consequence on intestinal function is evident, in the first case we will have a swollen belly in general with a tendency towards constipation and sometimes dysentery; in the second case we will have a swollen belly in the central and lower part of the abdomen, with tendency to dysentery, meteorism and flatulence.
In any case, intestinal health and consequently, that of the immune system, is compromised.
The researchers analyzed the microbiota of individuals with autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis.
From the results obtained, it was seen that first of all patients with disease progression, in this case multiple sclerosis, showed a low prevalence / bacteroides ratio.
While in subjects analyzed with prevotella / bacteroides high, the disease was stable with the subject’s overall well-being.
The pathogenic bacteria present in the intestine, I have to be lower in percentage compared to the good bacteria.
When this relationship is altered, the effect is the production of inflammatory substances able to act outside the intestine, in extra abdominal regions, reaching vulnerable structures such as the joints, muscles, tendons, nerves, central nervous system etc.
The symptomatology is often extra abdominal, but the cause comes from impaired intestinal function.
Moreover, these studies have shed light on the importance of the intestinal lymphatic system and the relationship it is contracting with
intestinal mucosa.
In short, alterations in the intestinal mucosa, increased permeability of the mucosa and activation of the underlying antibodies, can trigger an adverse immune reaction, directed against structures in the body.
That is, self immunity is activated and with it a series of disorders related to the areas affected by the inflammatory process.
Can we finally know the health status of the microbiota?
Today we are able to analyze the bacteria present in the intestine (through the analysis of the faeces with molecular biology methods of the highest level), know the type of prevalent microorganisms, and consequently recommend the most suitable type of food.
The aim is to maintain health for as long as possible in the prevention of intestinal diseases or the immune system.
In cases where this balance has broken, causing a disease that involves the immune system, look for solutions to restore it and maintain it in its physiology function.


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