The intestine with its huge surface area is considered the centre of the immune system. Probiotics are absorbed directly through the gastrointestinal tract. They are a preparation of viable microorganisms that, when ingested in sufficient quantities, have a health-promoting influence on the host organism. Our nutrient expert Mag. pharm. Susanne Hofmann answers the most important questions about probiotics.
How can I strengthen my immune system?
A good supply of pre- and probiotics, omega fatty acids and nutrients such as zinc, vitamin C, vitamin D, L-glutamine... is essential.
What effect does our gastrointestinal system have on our immune system?
Approximately 70% of our defence cells are located in our intestines. It is thus clear that the intestine with its huge surface area forms the centre of the immune system. Therefore, for prevention and to strengthen our immune system, the logical consequence is to take good care of the intestine.
What is the effect of probiotics?
The healthy gut has over 100 trillion microorganisms. By ideally colonising the gut with probiotics, the microflora supports the body in its defence performance against pathogenic germs, promotes digestive performance and nutrient absorption.
When should I start taking probiotics?
On the one hand, probiotics can be taken as a preventive cure, but also as a preventive measure without any complaints. On the other hand, in our pharmacy we always recommend taking them after antibiotic therapy, because the often necessary therapy unfortunately also destroys the good bacteria in the intestine.
A probiotics cure makes sense for autoimmune diseases, skin problems, digestive problems and recurring infections.
How long should I take probiotics?
It is not possible to make a general statement about the length of time for which probiotics should be taken. I recommend taking them for 4-12 weeks to support the immune system.
For further questions, our nutrient expert Mag. pharm. Susanne Hofmann will be happy to answer any further questions in our Saint Charles Pharmacy