Lactobacillus Acidophilus

Written by Blaire Chandler-Wilcox
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Lactobacillus acidophilus is known as a "friendly" or "good" bacteria. With antibacterial products filling shelves in grocery stores and pharmacies, it's easy to under-appreciate the value of bacteria that's good for us. Nonetheless, lactobacillus acidophilus is absolutely required by the body to fight illness and maintain intestinal and vaginal health.

There are no less than 400 types of bacteria found in the digestive tract. Some are good, some not so good. Lactobacillus acidophilus fights the "bad guys" and helps to maintain intestinal health. It also works as a natural antibiotic. Finally, when taking prescription antibiotics which kill off all bacteria in the system, both good and bad, it's wise to take lactobacillus acidophilus to keep the "good guys" available and on the job.

Examples of good deeds of this good bacteria include easing the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, such as cramping, bloating and diarrhea. It also fights flatulence, since it keeps gas producers under control and prevents them from multiplying. It's good for keeping vaginal yeast in balance, and for fighting infections associated with candida yeast. Lactobacillus acidophilus is the primary defender against urinary tract infections, as it keeps e.coli at bay. And, when simple brushing and flossing isn't enough, lactobacillus acidophilus helps with bad breath by encouraging efficient digestion and boosting bad bacteria breakdown.

Lactobacillus Acidophilus Purchasing and Dosage Recommendations

Tablet form is the easiest way to take acidophilus supplements. There is a wide variety of manufacturers and strengths available from which to choose, so its best to talk to your doctor about how much acidophilus is best for you. Read the label carefully to ensure you're getting live cultures (these are the most efficient), check for its expiration date, and always store the bottle of tablets in the refrigerator. For an acute situation your health care provider will probably recommend taking L.A. three times a day for a finite period of time. If your situation is more chronic, you'll probably be advised to take L.A. once or twice a day on an ongoing basis. As a general rule, you always want to take this product with food.

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