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LACTOBACILLUS ACIDOPHILUS AND YOUR ECOSYSTEM
Do you know what lives inside your intestines? Maybe you don't want to know. What you should know is that you can improve what’s going on inside by enhancing the state of your own ecosystem with acidophilus.
Microorganisms help with digestion and elimination. Microorganisms contribute vitamins and even antibiotics to your system.
This tiny bacterium is vital for your good health. More important, there can be broad variations in the type and species of intestinal flora that thrive inside of you, depending on what you eat, what medications you might be taking and what nutritional supplements you use.
Nutritionists view your intestinal flora as an organ in its own right - responsible for some very specific functions in digestion and disease resistance. At the Symposia of the Swedish Nutrition Foundation, titled "Nutrition and the Intestinal Flora", which took place in 1983 in Stockholm, many fascinating studies and clinical results with the use of "friendly bacteria" were reported. The researchers stated that "a whole generation of medical doctors and scientists are very much unaware of the importance of the intestinal flora." "Many diseases may be influenced, not by the presence of a pathogenic agent, but rather by the absence of the normal intestinal flora. We should begin to ask not what organism is giving a disease, but what organism is lacking,"
Most of the conference focused on lactobacillus acidophilus one of the friendliest microorganisms that maintains interactions with humans and animals. Acidophilus works by producing lactic acid, hydrogen peroxide, enzymes, antibiotic-like substances, and as yet unidentified materials. As reported at the Symposia, here are some of the most important roles that intestinal flora, especially lactobacillus acidophilus, are responsible for:
Reported in the Journal of Dairy Science in 1987, it was shown that lactobacillus acidophilus activated macrophages and lymphocytes. This exciting report demonstrated that the same positive effects on the immune system occurred whether the acidophilus was taken orally or intravenously.
No wonder so many traditional societies embrace cultured food products as an important part of their diet) (Among the products are yogurt, sauerkraut, tempeh, miso, pickles, and fermented vegetables.) The health benefits of these foods have been recognized for thousands of years.
Are you consuming any "good guy" bacteria foods?
Probably not because today the commercial versions of virtually all these foods are almost totally lacking in viable organisms. That is, the bacteria that causes the fermentation of the food - the ones that you want in your intestinal tract - are no longer capable of multiplying into the billions of living microorganisms that you need for optimal health. Excessive food processing techniques destroy this capability. Many commercial yogurt products, with only a few exceptions, do not contain valuable culture. Yogurt that is pasteurized following fermentation contains only trace amounts of microbial activity. Consuming such yogurt results in a threefold
increase in lactose mal-absorption as compared with feeding yogurt with a viable culture. This research was also cited in the Journal of Dairy Science in 1987.
In addition to lacking a good source of food for appropriate intestinal organisms in the modem world, it is much more difficult to maintain intestinal flora even after it is established. This can be a result of poor diet; preservatives, additives, and pesticide residue are also directly responsible. Antibiotic drugs or treatments are particularly damaging to intestinal flora, and the effects can last for weeks after the use of antibiotic is discontinued.
Because of these things, your intestinal flora faces a more rigorous environment than what your body was designed to deal with - and chances are you are providing yourself with less than basic resources for replenishment It is not surprising that aged and ill people are almost always seriously deficient in
lactobacillus and, conversely, that the number of lactobacillus acidophilus bacteria is significantly higher in healthy adults than in the sick, and in healthy senior citizens than in those who are ill.
Lactobacillus acidophilus can help to ensure that your intestinal flora is maintained at optimal levels. Everyone can benefit from the addition of these friendly bacteria.
How it Works:
Acidophilus is a strain of Lactobacillus, a symbiotic, homo-fermentative, lactic acid producing microorganism. Friendly bacteria help keep in check other microbes that produce toxins that may be absorbed into the bloodstream. As long as all of these different species work in harmony, dangerous types are kept in small enough numbers that they, too, are often beneficial! This illustrates one of nature’s ironies: what is harmful in one amount may actually be healthful in another amount. Acidophilus and all other helpful bacteria are often destroyed by antibiotics. Supplementation can reintroduce them, creating an optimal balance. Each capsule contains a minimum of 100 million organisms, freeze-dried to maintain viability. Probiotics are well absorbed in the diet and can be taken between meals to maximize absorption. Best if stored in a freezer or refrigerator.
Take 1–2 capsules daily with a meal.
Acidophilus (90 capsules)