The intestinal microbiota is a group of microorganisms that live in our intestine. Every person has a unique microbiota, which fulfills the same physiological functions, directly impacting our health.
The intestinal microbiota contributes to the production of fatty acids, vitamin K, vitamin D, calcium, iron, and magnesium.
MICROBIOTA´S FUNCTIONS ARE
- Helping the body to digest certain foods that the stomach and the small intestine cannot digest.
- Fighting aggression of foreign microorganisms, maintaining the integrity of the intestinal mucus membrane.
- Playing an essential part in the immune system, acting as a barrier.
A healthy and balanced intestinal microbiota is fundamental to assure an adequate digestive function. Nevertheless, it can be affected with the securing of the years and, as a consequence of that, older folks have a substantially different microbiota than young adults.