If you have ever wondered if bacteria can be good for you, then you are about to find out about one called Lactobacillus Acidophilus, which has been shown to be beneficial to the human body. Although bacteria can make people ill, there are some bacteria strains that help the body maintain a healthy environment, such as the digestive and urinary tracts. Beneficial bacteria found within certain foods that help the human body are called Probiotics. Acidophilus can be referred to as a natural antibiotic, and it helps in keeping harmful microorganisms in check. They help in keeping the delicate balance between harmful and beneficial bacteria at levels whereby the human body does not get ill.
The foods that contain Lactobacillus Acidophilus
This probiotic is mainly found in fermented foods. When you consume a bowl of yogurt (yoghurt), or a glass of Kefir, you are increasing the levels of Lactobacillus Acidophilus within your body, thereby doing your body a big favor when done with moderation. Other fermented foods that contain this probiotic include kombucha, a fermented Asian tea and sauerkraut. This is one of the most important bacteria in the digestive tract and it plays a great role in helping f digestion, and boosting the immune system of the consumer.
When a patient has irritable bowel syndrome, diarrhea, and flatulence, then ingesting Lactobacillus Acidophilus can help ease the symptoms, in a simple non-medication natural way. Vaginal yeast and other candida infections are controlled using this probiotic; women suffering from these conditions are asked to eat a lot of yoghurt, and the symptoms often disappear within days. The same case goes for people who have bad breath, a condition known as halitosis, and also those with urinary tract infections.
How does Lactobacillus Acidophilus Help?
When Lactobacillus Acidophilus breaks-down during digestion, it gives out hydrogen peroxide; this brings about an acidic environment which is not conducive for the thriving of harmful bacteria. This is a simple mechanism, but one that has a lot of benefits for the human body. When you are on antibiotics, you are usually advised to supplement your Lactobacillus Acidophilus intake. The reason is because the antibiotics also kill the healthy bacteria in the body, and the balance is upset. Unhealthy microorganisms then grow unchecked and this leads to further infections. One may start having issues with the digestive and urinary tracts when on a regimen of antibiotics for this very reason.
What is the recommended intake of Lactobacillus Acidophilus?
This probiotic replaces any healthy bacteria that could have been killed by the antibiotic therapy. When people are finishing their antibiotic treatment, they must take some Lactobacillus Acidophilus to help the balance come along faster. Pills average around 1 billion live organisms per pill or capsule, and this information is readily available on the packaging of the supplement. If you decide to eat, yogurt instead, then you should take plain yogurt which has the highest levels of Lactobacillus Acidophilus. One cup of yoghurt every few days, is generally a good quantity to sustain proper balance. Don’t overdo it, take it easy, and ensure you use temper input.
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