The systems of the human body must not be considered as functional to themselves, but as operational units that act in synergy for the well-being of the whole organism.

In recent years, in particular, numerous studies have highlighted the importance of the intestine in maintaining the balance not only of metabolic processes, but also and above all of those relating to the immune system. It is also useful to remember the aromatherapy principle according to which negative emotional experiences can be reflected in discomfort affecting the intestinal system.

The benefits of a healthy gut are reflected in the immune system.

In fact, at the intestinal level there are masses of lymphoid tissue associated with the mucous membranes , defined with the English acronym GALT (Gut Associated Lymphoid Tissue), similar to those also present in other body sites, such as the tonsils at the level of the throat; they have defensive properties against the attack of pathogenic microorganisms. The cells present in these tissue masses have the function of recognizing foreign substances, incorporating them in order to organize efficient immune responses.

Another role of primary importance for a correct maintenance of defenses, always in the intestine, is played by the microbiota resident here. In fact, the "good" bacteria present in the colon, in addition to carrying out essential actions for the body (such as digestion and absorption of some nutrients and the production of some vitamins B and K), are also important to counteract any settlement of pathogenic microorganisms in the intestine, thanks to competitive mechanisms.

The microbiota develops already during pregnancy and then, at the moment of birth, the newborn comes into contact with part of the maternal and environmental bacteria, diversifying during development. Many studies have shown how this bacterial colonization, in the first 3 years of life, is decisive for the development of the immune system: during this period it "learns" to function also thanks to the interaction with the intestinal microbiota, which acts as a true and own gym for the immune defenses, determining a greater or lesser susceptibility to diseases or infections in adult life.

This central role of the intestinal flora in the development of the immune system and above all in the regulation of its function should not come as a surprise, if we take into account the fact that the intestinal mucosa is the surface of the organism most in contact with bacteria, viruses, parasites and chemical compounds. , excluding the skin.

The set of these two defenses that work in synergy to ensure an efficient and functional immune system is called the intestinal barrier .

How to feed this barrier and have an efficient immune system?

In Westernized countries, the widespread use of antibiotic therapies, the eating style too rich in processed foods and the abundant use of disinfectant products for hygiene has led to a decrease in the microbial diversity necessary to maintain a balanced immune response, as well as causing different gastrointestinal discomfort.

However, it is possible to promote the well-being of the intestine by using completely natural products.

A thorough bowel cleansing can be useful in cases of intestinal disorders and abdominal swelling; in fact, the elimination of toxins, in addition to constituting a good basis for the defenses, often allows to eliminate these disorders. For this purpose, taking a product such as Enhanced Clark Balanced Mix , based on plant extracts of green walnut husk, burdock, mugwort, aloe and cloves can be a valid ally. The combination of these herbs also promotes digestive and intestinal functions.

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Carrighenani Algae is also a valuable aid in eliminating waste from the intestine and regulating the functions of the gastrointestinal system: in addition, it is very useful for combating constipation and intestinal irregularities. It also has anti-inflammatory properties: for this reason it is indicated in case of colitis or irritable colon and in all those cases in which a soothing and protective action on the intestinal mucosa is necessary.

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In case of alterations of the intestinal flora and associated disorders it is possible to resort to integration with prebiotics and probiotics, which help to rebalance the microbiota. Floravita Plus contains this mix of lactic ferments, is useful in cases of intestinal imbalances (due for example to antibiotic therapies) and is enriched with vitamins B1, B2 and B6 which further strengthen the immune system.

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A panacea for the intestine can also be found in Intestinal Wellness , based on extracts of Papaya, Guar, Melissa, Pineapple, Aloe and Malpgihia punicifoglia . It is useful for counteracting meteorism, flatulence and intestinal irregularities; the pineapple and aloe extracts in particular favor intestinal transit without weakening the intestinal muscles responsible for peristalsis, while the Malpighia extract helps to strengthen the immune defenses thanks to its rich content in vitamin C.

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