Lactic ferments: what they are, what they are for and when to take them

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lactic ferments are good for you and there is no doubt about this, but how do they act on the body and what are they useful for?

At least once in your life it will have happened to you to take lactic ferments, it can be as a result of a gastrointestinal flu but also in conjunction with antibiotic therapy. In short, lactic ferments are good for you and there is no doubt about this, but how do they act on the body and what are they useful for?





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Lactic ferments: what they are

Lactic ferments, in the general sense of the term, are simply lactic bacteria: microorganisms capable of chemically transforming lactose through a particular enzymatic process. These are mainly present in milk and cheese and are generally used for the production of yoghurt and drinks.
Among the different types of lactic ferments, only probiotics, or live lactic ferments, are good for humans. For this reason, although the two terms are often used as synonyms, it is good to underline the difference.
Probiotics are in fact a subgroup belonging to the set of lactic ferments and are those present in the supplements or functional drinks on the market.

What are lactic ferments and why are they good for humans

Often, following problems with the intestinal bacterial flora, lactic ferments are taken under the advice of a general practitioner or pharmacist. These contribute favorably to the rebalancing of the bacterial flora, also thanks to their ability to maintain the right degree of acidity.
The alteration of this balance is called dysbiosis and is a condition that can favor the appearance of various kinds of disorders including bloating, flatulence, digestive difficulties and constipation. And this is what lactic ferments are used for, to avoid the appearance of dysbiosis which, over time, could turn into toxemia, or rather a "poisoning" of the blood caused by intestinal putrefaction.
Precisely for this reason, maintaining a correct balance of the intestinal bacterial flora is essential for the general health of the organism and lactic ferments play a very important role in this process.

When to take lactic ferments

In general, it is the general practitioner or pharmacist who recommends a therapy based on lactic ferments, but there are some particular situations in which it is absolutely necessary to exploit their action to rebalance the bacterial flora. It is always good to take action in the following cases:



  1.  during antibiotic therapy;
  2.  in the presence of intestinal irregularities such as frequent dysentery or, conversely, constipation;
  3.  in the presence of candida, whose proliferation is favored by the imbalance of the bacterial flora;
  4. in the presence of problems such as irritable bowel, gastroenteritis and gastrointestinal flu.
  5. Finally, according to the provisions of the Ministry of Health, a daily dose of at least 1 billion live cells is required to really favor the balance of the intestinal flora. This means that particular attention must be paid to the type of supplements and / or functional drinks taken for a correct general health of the intestine.
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