70% of Your Immune System Resides in Your Gut
The human microbiome comprises more than 500 different bacterial species living in a delicate symbiotic balance with each other and with their human hosts. The highest concentration of these bacteria is found in the intestines. Most of these bacteria are considered good. They help to foster healthy digestion and absorption of nutrients. Some bacteria, however, are bad – or pathogenic – and carry the potential for disease and discomfort. Digestive issues occur as a result of an imbalance between the two.
Probiotics are live microorganisms that form part of a natural and healthy gut flora. When administered in adequate dosages, probiotics can confer a health benefit for the host, and help to restore microbial balance.
Importance of the intestinal microbiome
The intestinal microbiome is very important for our health because it is able to:
- Fight against pathogenic bacteria through a mechanism of competition and the production of antibacterial substances (bacteriocin, H2O2, lactic acid, etc.);
- Produce short-chain fatty acids, the most important nourishment for enteric cells;
- Produce vitamins (K, B1, B6, B12, folic acid, pantothenic acid, etc.,) which play an important role in different metabolic reactions;
- Modulate the maturation of the host’s innate and adaptive immune responses (70% of the immune system is localized in the gut).
Visbiome® is an eight-strain, high potency medical food that contains helpful, live bacteria. When taken under the supervision of a physician, it has been shown to help to restore balance to the GI tract when dietary management alone proves insufficient.