The importance of gut balance

Historically, all we knew about bacteria was that they were causing infections and disease, that they were pathogens. Today we know that bacteria are generally beneficial and together with other microorganisms vital to our health. Our good bacteria educate the immune system, making it ready to fight unwelcome invaders like bad bacteria and toxins, but to achieve a healthy balance the good bacteria need to outnumber the bad with ten to one.

If bad bacteria for some reason start to exceed it may lead to an imbalance in the digestive system, called dysbiosis. Dysbiosis may cause problems like diarrhea, constipation, bloating, temporary stomach pain and leaky gut.

Baby and child gut health

Diarrhoea

In some cases, diarrhoea can signal that our gut bacteria are disturbed and out of balance, which is a condition called dysbiosis. This often occurs with the use of antibiotics, because they kill the good bacteria as well as the harmful ones, but can also be caused by various pathogens. Read more

Constipation

Anyone can suffer from constipation. However, the prevalence is higher in women, the elderly and those living in low socioeconomic situations. It is also a very common symptom in pregnancy, due to hormonal changes affecting the time it takes for the stool to pass through the intestinal tract, the transit time. Read more

Helicobacter pylori

About half of the world’s population is infected with a bacterium called Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori). It is the leading cause of stomach ulcers and also increases the risk of certain cancers. Read more