Acidophilus Health Benefits

There are many, many health benefits attributed to supplementation with healthy intestinal bacteria such as bifidobacterium longum and lactobacillis acidophilus, commonly referred to as acidophilus. First, let’s address why supplementation is necessary. We’re born with these good guy bacteria in the intestinal tract. What happens to them such that we have to replace them? Well, they have a host of enemies and we routinely bombard our bodies with these enemies. Things like stress; antibiotics (either taken for medicinal purposes or consumed in meat and dairy food products); alcohol; a low-fiber or high fat or high animal protein diet; pollution; pesticides, herbicides and insecticides in our food supply; and over the counter drugs all destroy good probiotic bacteria. Even the inevitable process of aging brings with it a natural decline in the numbers of bifidobacterium longum and lactobacillis acidophilus in our guts.

Let’s focus for a minute on the role of antibiotics in diminishing healthy intestinal microflora. Perhaps you have heard the term probiotics in referring to good bacteria such as bifidobacterium longum and lactobacillis acidophilus. Get the contrast? Pro-biotic and Anti-biotic? Antibiotics are not discriminate killers. So while their purpose is to kill bacteria that make animals or humans sick, they kill the good bacteria throughout the body at the same time.

And what becomes of our intestines when these good guy bacteria are no longer present in force? The bad guys have an opportunity to move in. Icky sounding bacteria like candida, e. coli, clostridium, pseudomonas, salmonella, staphylococcus aureus and streptococcus, and many, many more. The presence of the unwanted bacteria are responsible for many negative consequences. They are varied and individual (meaning not everyone experiences the same results) but can include flatulence and bloating, diarrhea and/or constipation, irritable bowel issues, allergies, candida overgrowth, acid reflux, recurrent ear infections, and immune system challenges. The decline of the good bacteria can even contribute to cancer (including colon cancer) and elevated cholesterol.

So what might we expect when we restore the healthy intestinal bacteria? Let’s first consider the impact of the good bacteria on the overall environment of the gut. Bifidobacterium longum and lactobacillis acidophilus thrive in the normal, healthy, low pH (acidic – not to be confused with stomach acid) environment of the gastrointestinal tract. Research shows that the metabolic byproducts of these friendly microflora help maintain this healthy, low pH intestinal environment. This same acidic environment discourages the growth of undesirable bacteria and helps maintain a healthy balance of intestinal microflora. We are then in a position to enjoy acidophilus health benefits that include improving mineral absorption, targeting candida and bacteria that cause infections, overcoming the bacteria that cause traveler’s trots, cancer prevention, strengthening the immune system so that the body is better equipped to deal with many health challenges, including recurrent ear infections and urinary tract infections, easing constipation, lowering cholesterol, converting good nutrients for absorption, countering the digestive upset that can result from antibiotic therapy and even chemotherapy and radiation, and promoting general colon health. A fairly impressive list, don’t you think?

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2 Responses to Acidophilus Health Benefits

  1. Teresa says:

    How long does it take to see a change in bloating ect.?

    • Anne says:

      Hello Teresa,
      Just as the negative consequences of the unwanted bacteria can vary by individual, the length of time it takes before improvement is experienced by adding the good bacteria also varies by individual. There are a number of common factors, though, that can influence this:

      * your overall general health status
      * the extent of the overgrowth of the bad bacteria (how badly the colonies of good guys have been damaged)
      * other medications and/or nutritional products you are taking
      * the quality of the acidophilus source you are using (remember, Acidophilus Capsules are a better bet than food sources, and supplement quality varies widely, so research Where to Buy Lactobacillus Acidophilus)

      Some people report improvement in as little as a week. Hopefully, with the Best Probiotics on the Market to Take, you’ll note some definite improvement within 30 days, and maybe even much sooner.

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