Gut health is of key importance for healthy animals. The microbiota in the gut consists of billions of microbes that live in close relationship with the host animal. Three different types of host-microbiota relationship can be described, being symbiotic, commensal or pathogenic. For an optimal microbiota we aim to lower the amount of pathogenic bacteria and to increase the amount of beneficial
The first step for gut health is to lower the amount of undigested protein as much as possible. 100% digestibility will not be reached in diets, so we will always have a part of undigested protein that reaches the large intestine and be a substrate for the pathogenic bacteria. In next steps the focus will be on optimizing the microbiota in the gut by lowering the amount of pathogens and optimize the amount of beneficial bacteria. Products like probiotics and butyrate are known for positive effects in this field.