Most of us are aware that bacteria can be harmful to our health by causing many different types of disease. However, it is now becoming more widely known that our bodies require ‘good' bacteria to function at an optimal level.
Good bacteria are the bacteria that aid the body to achieve better health – typically through our digestive system. One example of good bacteria is Acidophilus.
Acidophilus or lactobacillus Acidophilus, which is found naturally in yogurt, is the most commonly used good or friendly bacteria. These bacteria inhabit the intestines and vagina and protect against the entrance and proliferation of harmful organisms that can cause disease.
The Health Benefits of Acidophilus
- Aids digestion and suppresses disease-causing bacteria.
- Treats overgrowth of bad organisms in the gastrointestinal tract.
- Prevents and treats diarrhea, including infectious diarrhea, particularly from the rotavirus.
- Alleviates symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome and possibly, inflammatory bowel disease.
- Replaces the friendly intestinal bacteria that are destroyed by antibiotics.
- Prevents and reduces the recurrence of vaginal yeast infections, urinary tract infections and cystitis.
- Improves lactose absorption in people who are lactose intolerant.
- Enhances immune response. Studies have suggested the consumption of yogurt and dairy products that contain specific strains of acidophilus improves the natural immune response.
- Aids the treatment of respiratory infections such as sinusitis, bronchitis and pneumonia.
- Lowers the risks of asthma and allergies such as hay fever, allergies to milk and skin reactions such as eczema.
- Helps in treating high cholesterol.
Acidophilus is one of the good bacteria that should be part of everyone's daily diet.