Feb 09 2014

A closer look at L. Acidophilus

Published by at 9:43 am under probiotic supplements


A friendly addition to your gut for improving overall health.

Lactobacillus Acidophilus, or L. Acidophilus, as it’s abbreviated, comes from the prefix
“lacto-” which means “milk,” and “bacillus” which means “rod-like in shape.”  “Acidophilus”
is a bacteria that thrives in acidic settings.  L. Acidophilus is a strain of good bacteria that
flourishes in the small intestine. It attaches to the intestinal walls and creates a protective
barrier of good bacteria, which works to block less desirable organisms from entering your

The benefits of L. Acidophilus are far reaching. Not only is it hugely beneficial for digestion
and proper nutrient absorption, but it also helps with regularity, and can help alleviate
occasional diarrhea. It produces lactase, the enzyme that breaks down the sugar in milk,
which is good news for lactose intolerant folks who don’t produce this enzyme. It also
produces vitamin K which is important for proper blood clotting and bone formation and
repair. Additionally, it can decrease frequency of vaginal yeast infections and urinary tract

Taking L. Acidophilus after you’ve finished antibiotic therapy is extremely important.  As
antibiotics kill the unfriendly bacteria attacking our systems, they also destroy the “good”
bacteria in our bodies as well. This is the reason it’s so easy to get yeast infections while
taking antibiotics. Adding L. Acidophilus to your body will help the “good” microbes
populate again and can help reduce the incidence of indigestion and diarrhea, common
side effects of antibiotic therapy.  Since it helps maintain the natural balance of
microorganisms in your intestinal tract, people who suffer from Colitis,
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and Crohn’s disease have reported benefits from
taking L. Acidophilus.

When we ingest L. Acidophilus, we are populating the gut with good bacteria. And if we
can increase the friendly bacteria in our gut, and shift the ratio towards good over bad,
then we are doing our whole immune system a favor, as more than 70% of our immune
system originates here. Body BioticsTM lists L. Acidophilus among its first ingredients in
a team of friendly bacteria that work symbiotically to arm the immune system. There are
other players as well which we will introduce to your over the next few weeks. Stay tuned
as we discuss the next strain of bacteria in our ingredient list, Bifidobacterium Bifidum.
Try saying that three times fast!

Until then, healthiest wishes!

Kelli DeSante



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