Lactobacillus acidophilus (L. acidophilus) are considered a probiotics, which are friendly intestinal bacteria or "good bacteria". They maintain a healthy intestinal and vaginal tract, and fight off "harmful bacteria" growth such salmonella, shigella, E. coli, and others.
The female body naturally produces acidpohilus in the small intestine and vaginal area. This is to control the growth of the fungus known as Candida albicans (commonly known as Candida). Certain contraceptives or spermicides kill acidophilus in a woman's vagina, which makes the body more prone to yeast infections.
While antibiotics are a crucial therapy for many illnesses, they also kill the probiotics, such as acidophilus, as well as harmful bacteria - which can lead to outbreaks of numerous problems, such as yeast infections. Most doctors recommended their patients to take supplements of acidophilus after completing a program of antibiotics.
While all studies of acidophilus have proven the supplement to be safe, as a general rule, people with the following conditions are discouraged from taking acidophilus: intestinal damage or a weakened immune system. Some foods may be harmful to the acidophilus levels in the body, due to the antibiotics and growth enhancers given to the plants or animals we eat. When you eat a plant or animal, you also eat what they have eaten, and where they have been in their environment.
Benefits of acidophilus:
- Acidify the colon to inhibit the growth of harmful bacteria
- Helps decrease the time it takes to metabolize food
- Eliminates gas and bloating in the intestines
- Restores the production of Vitamin K and B Vitamins, especially Vitamin B12, in the intestines
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