Lactic ferments, our allies against diarrhea

Natural therapies involve the use of lactic ferments for diarrhea in order to restore the balance of the bacterial flora.

This disorder can be the consequence of gastrointestinal infections, food poisoning, in the most common cases; or be the symptom of more serious diseases such as Crohn's disease or viral hepatitis.

Diarrhea causes and symptoms

Diarrhea is defined as the emission of semi-shaped, watery or liquid stools, several times a day ( over 3 evacuations ) with fecal weight exceeding 200 grams over the whole day, a value normally considered as a limit (normal stools = 200 g / day ). Other symptoms that accompany this disorder can be discomfort during bowel movements, pains and spasms in the lower abdomen, nausea and fever.

In the acute form, diarrhea is a common problem that usually occurs for 1 or 2 days and then resolves on its own. Instead, when it lasts for more than 2 days becoming chronic, it can be a symptom of a more serious pathology that carries with it the risk of dehydration .

This is the most serious danger, because it means that the body is deprived of many fluids that are indispensable for its proper functioning. Dehydration is particularly dangerous in children and the elderly and must be treated promptly in order to avoid serious health problems.

Among the most common causes of diarrhea are: infections caused by harmful bacteria ( ingested through contaminated food or water), and viruses ( such as herpes simplex and viral hepatitis); food intolerances ; the presence of parasites in the gastrointestinal system.

It can also occur as a reaction of our body to drugs (antibiotics, hypotensive, chemotherapeutic and antacids containing magnesium); intestinal inflammatory diseases such as irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn's disease and celiac disease often manifest themselves with this disorder.

Finally, people visiting foreign countries are also subject to traveler's diarrhea, caused by food or drinking water contaminated by infectious pathogens.

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The action of lactic ferments on diarrhea

In addition to a specific diet, lactic ferments are used whatever their cause, to normalize and enrich the bacteria that make up our flora . We can define the bacterial flora an " ecosystem", formed by about 400-500 different species of microorganisms , able to act as a defensive barrier, and to promote the absorption of nutrients derived from food, restoring intestinal function

Lactic ferments or probiotics are live microorganisms , able to positively influence the intestinal ecosystem, because they reconstitute an adequate bacterial flora, especially after antibiotic treatment and other drugs that, as we have seen, can cause diarrhea. In addition, these microorganisms strengthen the immune system, our natural responses to attacks by viruses and bacteria : in the presence of a healthy bacterial flora, in fact, germs are neither able to multiply nor spread.

In herbal medicine, lactic ferments are found in capsules, vials or chewable tablets, according to a formulation that allows them to overcome the gastric barrier, keeping their ability to colonize the intestine intact and restoring the balance of the entire gastrointestinal system.

Often these supplements also contain substances that can stimulate and promote the growth of "friendly" bacteria with the presence of said prebiotic substances. Lactic ferments can also be taken during pregnancy.

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