POO (Part 5): MICROBIOME-CONSTIPATION CONNECTION


I mentioned in a previous post that PROBIOTICS may be beneficial in managing constipation. But why?

YOUR GUT FLORA

Your intestinal microbiome is a living colony of 38 trillion beneficial bacteria, yeasts and fungi that work synergistically to keep your gut, immune system and entire body healthy.

When it comes to bowel regularity, your MICROBIOME plays two hugely important roles:

1. Converts the fibre from your food into short chain fatty acids (SCFAs). SCFAs regulate your gut motility as well as provide fuel for your gut cells, keeping your digestive system healthy.

Insufficient fibre intake, or not having enough good gut bacteria, can cause low levels of SCFAs, decreasing gut motility and leading to constipation.

2. Prevents pathogenic (bad) organisms from overgrowing in the gut. These unwanted organisms can trigger microbiome-disrupting inflammation, and also produce gasses such as methane, which slow gut motility. Together, these negative effects can produce constipation.

PREBIOTICS & PROBIOTICS

My next post will delve into the specifics of these gut loving substances and how you can increase your dietary intake.

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