|Probiotics:||This term may be unfamiliar to many readers refers to the so-called
friendly bacteria that live within the gastrointestinal tract. These good
bacteria, which include the strains L. acidophilus and Bifidobacteria
bifidum, must be kept in balance with the "bad" or pathogenic bacteria,
such as E. coli. If not, a number of health problems, including digestive
disorders, headaches, and cadidiasis (overgrowth of the bacteria
Candida albicans) are likely. There are over 400 different bacteria living
in the human GI tract. However, of all these, Lactobacillus acidophilus
is one of the major components of the probiotic fighters. It has been
shown that L. acidophilus produces natural antibiotics acidophilin, lactic
acid and hydrogen peroxide which generate antimicrobial activity
against food and environmental-borne pathogens.
There is no doubt that L. acidophilus enhances the immune system. In
addition, it has been shown to do the following:
alleviate digestive disorders
prevent bad breath
enhance synthesis of B vitamins
improve calcium absorption
promote anti-tumor and anti-cancer activity
improve tolerance and digestibility of milk products
fight vaginitis and candidiasis
The positive role of acidophilus and other probitiocs in maintaining GI
health has been repeatedly demonstrated by scientists and clinicians.
This is especially helpful for the many factors that contribute to poor
gastrointestinal health, thereby reducing levels of acidophilus.
|Who Needs Probiotics?||There is no question that candiasis sufferers require supplemental use
of probiotics to replenish beneficial GI bacteria and rebuild the immune
system. But even if you don't have candidiasis, environmental and food
toxins coupled witht he high-stress lifestyle of most North Americans
are good indicators of the widespread need for probiotics.
This is especially true if you are consistently taking antibiotics, or if you
have ever been on a course of particularly strong antibiotics, have
frequent colds, or exhibit any symptoms of candida related problems.
The reason for this is that antibiotics kill bacteria both good and bad.
Despite their value, antibiotics have been overused to the point that
there are at least two bacteria that have developed complete
resistance to antibiotics. Needless to say, these bacteria present a
serious problem to our health.
|Where Can I Get Probiotics?||You can get probiotics from food sources. Cultured dairy products, such
as natural cheese, yogurt, kefir and buttermilk, are perhaps the best
food sources of probiotics. Green foods, such as wheat grass, spirulina
and chlorella, are also rich sources of probiotics. They're also packed
with vitamins, minerals and important nutrients, are powerful immune
system stimulants, and help detoxify the body. Stay away from
probiotic supplements that contain sugar or glucose, both of which can
inhibit the growth of lactobacilli. As for dairy versus dairy-free formulas,
it depends on your eating practices and your tolerance of dairy
products. So improve your health take a probiotic today!|