When we are born, the digestive tract is sterile and within the first few hours, the first bacteria - lactic acid bacteria (bifidobacteria, lactobacteria), gut sticks, enterococci, and more - enter it through the mouth. In the days that follow, the bacteria continue to reproduce, and the normal microflora of the human gut forms.
Childbirth plays an important role in shaping the microbiome. Vaginal birth, contact with the mother's skin, and breastfeeding - determine the health and immunity of the child. There is a significant difference in the microbiome balance between children born vaginally and those born by cesarean section. To have a healthy microbiome, it is preferable to avoid the use of antibiotics and artificial milk mixtures should be avoided as much as possible.
A microbiome is a set of all microorganisms that live in and on the human body. These microorganisms cooperate with each other and with the body as a whole. The microbiome is found on the human skin, urogenital tract, intestinal tract, and lymphatic system.
Gastrointestinal organs are the second largest surface of the human body and cover about 250-400 square meters. Around 60 tonnes of food passes through the gastrointestinal tract over a lifetime. More than 1,000 different species of micro-organisms - multiple trillion cells - live in the digestive tract and perform important functions - absorption of nutrients, synthesis of vitamins and hormones, as well as providing a physical, microbiological, and immunological barrier, protecting the body from potentially dangerous substances and micro-organisms.
All the microorganisms that live in the human body - bacteria, viruses, and fungi - are known as the microbiome. The microbiome is divided into two groups, good and bad bacteria, and these two types must be balanced. A balanced microbiome is a measure of our immunity because the gut microbiome is responsible not only for breaking down nutrients, but also for building immunity and generating energy, synthesizing vitamins and hormones, and working the nervous system.
When the balance of bad and good bacteria, or microbiome, is disrupted, the risk of various diseases - cardiovascular disease, gastrointestinal disorders, autoimmune diseases, obesity, allergies, diabetes, cancer, fatty liver disease, Alzheimer's dementia, and many others - is increased. The microbiome also affects the nervous system - stress, anxiety, insomnia, and depression are more common when there is an imbalance.
An unbalanced set of bacteria is known as dysbacteriosis - an altered gut microflora. If the normal and natural proportions of the species of intestinal micro-organisms change, changes occur in the local distribution of micro-organisms and the metabolic activity of micro-organisms. This in turn contributes to the release and spread of toxic products in the gut, leading to the risk of developing many chronic degenerative diseases. Disrupted microbiome balance often takes the form of lactose and gluten intolerance, as well as various skin problems. When the gut microbiome is restored, food intolerance disappears and the skin condition improves.
The body's microbiome has much broader functions than we thought before. Studies have shown there is a link between the gastric and intestinal systems and the brain. The balance of bacteria in the gut affects:
The microbiome is mainly influenced by lifestyle, diet, medication use, stress, age, genetics, environment, and other factors. A healthy microbiome is a strong anti-aging factor.
As a person ages, the microbiome also ages and the risk of gastrointestinal diseases increases, including risks of oncological diseases, so it's important to intake soluble and insoluble fibers daily that invigorate and support gut microflora.
Gut bacteria change during the day and its normal levels are also maintained by gastric acid and bile, as well as the release of pancreatic juice into the gut. The gut is also a tempting home for pathogenic bacteria, viruses, and parasites. The gut microflora in healthy people is different from that of a sick person. If a lot of pathogenic bacteria or viruses end up multiplying in the gut and the gut's ability to fight them has been weakened, the bad bacteria can cause damage to the viscera and the risks of multiple diseases. In turn, normal microflora help fight the bacteria that cause diseases.
Gut microflora can change significantly due to various adverse conditions: under the influence of stress, aging, fasting, parasite infestation, antibiotic use, gastrointestinal diseases, radiation, agricultural chemicals, and poor or unbalanced diets. The most significant cause of changes in gut microflora is the use of medicines, especially antibiotics. The drug can change the pH level in the gut, raising the risk of changes in gut microflora. Such changes in the pH in the gut may affect the metabolic activity of bacteria.
Pathogenic bacteria entering the intestinal tract can be eradicated by antibiotics, but they do not distinguish between bacteria that cause diseases and those in normal microflora. Antibiotics destroy both good and bad bacteria, significantly disrupting the balance of the microbiome.
It's harmful to gut microflora if we only eat easily digestible products that are absorbed in the early part of the intestine and don't get to the bacteria in further parts of the intestine at all and the colon bacteria aren't fed. Ingestion of soluble and insoluble fiber is a condition of a healthy diet. RTS FIBER is a natural source of prebiotics.
Balanced fiber is prebiotics. Probiotics are non-pathogenic bacteria and other microorganisms that inhabit the gut and are often also known as beneficial bacteria because they help improve health and suppress pathogenic microorganisms. Prebiotics are food for probiotics. To restore and maintain your genetic microbiome balance, bacteria need to be fed. Gut bacteria grow and multiply when fed with prebiotics. The beneficial bacteria suppress pathogenic bacteria, which can cause infections, bowel microflora disorders, and various diseases.
Probiotics can perish due to temperature and stomach acid, but this does not affect prebiotics. RTS FIBER prebiotics have been designed to be able to feed gut bacteria throughout the intestinal tract.
Regular use of the latest generation of soluble and insoluble fiber complex, or prebiotic RTS FIBER, can effectively restore and maintain a healthy microbiome, creating favourable conditions for a set of bacteria responsible for the body's overall immunity and ability to absorb and synthesize the necessary vitamins and minerals.
The RTS FIBER complex can be used by children three years of age and older.
You're as healthy as your gut microbiome is. Take care of it!