“Health is in the gut”, said Hippocrates and the ancient Greek doctor already knew that a healthy gut is the prerequisite for a person’s overall health.

In our practice Allmedica in Puerto de Andratx we explain to our patients again and again what a miracle the organ intestine is. As long as it functions without problems, we are fine. But woe betide us if our largest immune system becomes imbalanced. Then diarrhoea, flatulence, constipation and abdominal pain threaten.

Trillions of bacteria live in our intestines. They form the so-called intestinal flora, are responsible for the defence against diseases and the optimal absorption of nutrients. These bacteria live together symbiotically – for mutual benefit. If this balance is disturbed, we speak of dysbiosis.

As German doctors on Mallorca, we unfortunately diagnose so-called intestinal dysbiosis time and again. But it doesn’t have to come to that. Let us at Allmedica Andratx explain what is good for your intestines and what you should avoid.

What causes intestinal dysbiosis?
The causes of intestinal dysbiosis are varied and range from poor nutrition (excessive sugar consumption, sugar substitutes, one-sided diet), excessive alcohol and tablet consumption to a motility disorder (reduced or overactive intestinal movement). Pathogenic bacterial species gain the upper hand in the intestine, the vital functions are restricted. The intestinal flora is therefore no longer in balance. If the absorption of nutrients is disturbed, this leads to various deficiency symptoms and secondary diseases.

How is intestinal dysbiosis diagnosed?
In our medical practice in Puerto de Andratx, we take a stool sample in case of suspicion in order to identify the composition of your intestinal flora. With these results we work out a therapy concept together.

Can the intestinal flora recover itself?
If the intestinal flora is damaged, it takes a long time for it to recover. Patients should allow at least 3 to 6 months.

How can you support the rebuilding of the balance yourself?
Foods such as yoghurt, kefir, buttermilk, sauerkraut, wholemeal products, bran, apples, artichokes, chicory support intestinal rehabilitation. During and especially after intestinal rehabilitation, you should eat easily digestible food that is low in fat and high in fibre. This also prevents intestinal dysbiosis.

Does intestinal dysbiosis need to be treated medically?
In our practice on Mallorca, we support the intestinal rehabilitation with so-called probiotics in potent doses when the intestinal flora is so far out of balance that our patients can hardly lead a normal life because abdominal pain, diarrhoea and flatulence determine their everyday life. In addition, in some cases there are severe deficiency symptoms as a result of the impaired ability of the intestine to absorb vital nutrients. In such cases, we use supplementary preparations to prevent further diseases.

What can be done for a healthy intestinal flora?
To prevent intestinal dysbiosis from developing in the first place, you should eat a balanced diet. Avoid sugary foods, eat a diet low in fat and protein, but high in fibre. Alcohol consumption should be minimised, as should the intake of medication. Especially when taking antibiotics, the intestines should be supported with probiotics.
In short: Listen to your gut!

If you have complaints that point to intestinal dysbiosis or if you have questions about the intestinal flora, please contact us! In our Allmedica practice in Puerto de Andratx, our doctors will look after you in your language, be it German, English, Spanish or French.