Our immunity, our ability to absorb and create vitamins and even modulate the expression of our genes is directly related to the health of our microbiota.

 The way we feed our microbiota is very important. Thus, a diet rich in protein, carbohydrates and fat nourishes certain types of bacteria (firmicutes). A diet rich in fiber including legumes and vegetables feeds other types of bacteria (bacteroidetes) [1]. Finally, a small population of bacteria in this family and too many firmicutes are associated with obesity.

Naturopathic approach

In the classic naturopathic approach, we look for causes by assessing the biological terrain rather than just relieving the symptoms. For the microbiota, two of the essential components of this field are the pH and the presence or absence of oxygen.

The bacteria present in our intestines can or can not develop according to a particular ground. Knowing this, we can rectify the terrain to promote a balance of microorganisms in our intestines: candida yeasts, bacteria and even parasites.

Emotions, stress and microbiota

The microbiota is also strongly influenced by our emotions and our modes of instinctive survival. Our eating behaviors are conditioned by our enteric brain, instinctual and our center of emotions located in the limbic or diencephalic brain.

This conditioning depends on what our parents have passed on to us through their cooking and our trauma throughout our lives.

A change in diet as well as a change in the relationship to food are fundamental for a return to the balance of the microbiota.

Enzymes and food conditioning

We all have a connection to food according to our food conditioning. It has been shown by research that you can absorb up to 40% more nutrients [2] only by being in the pleasure of taking the time to taste our foods. By being consciously aware of food, we naturally secrete more enzymes that will further digest our foods, allowing their nutrients to be better absorbed intestinally.

If you suffer from abdominal pain, gas, bloating, constipation and/or diarrhea, this means that the microbiota is out of balance. So, it is likely that the food has not been well digested by too low enzymatic intake. Too much fermentation is due to poor digestion of carbohydrates or sugars and too much putrefaction is caused by poor digestion of proteins.

How to support the microbiota

The microbiota can be supported by prebiotics, probiotics or better symbiotics. Prebiotics are fibers that nourish intestinal bacteria, which promotes their growth. Thus, according to their strain and quantity, probiotics have specific short-term effects following diseases or antibiotics.

Finally, the synbiotics will be able to support the exponential growth to favor a balance of the microbiota in the long term. They are found in the Living Alchemy range under the name of Your Flora. They come in six products that correspond to specific needs.

The symbiotics of 35 strains in six different products:

  • Your Flora Regenerate ; a symbiotic to support the liver and lazy intestines
  • Your Flora Sensitive  a symbiotic for irritated mucosa combined with an overactive nervous system
  • Your flora Comfort; a symbiotic that reduces gas and bloating
  • Your Flora Soothe; a symbiotic that has a gastrointestinal anti-inflammatory action and for a weak “digestive fire” which implies less secretion of hydrochloric acid
  • Your flora Terrain; a symbiotic to support the repair of the intestinal mucosa
  • Your Flora Family; a symbiotic for general use including for young children and pregnant women.

I invite you to take charge of your health by taking care of your terrain beyond the symptoms in order to treat the causes.

Onto a good approach to health!


Jean-Pierre Deschênes, ND.A.




(1) Dietary fiber and prebiotics and the gastrointestinal microbiota


(2) The metabolic power of vitamin A- Awareness