Have you read about this recently? Lactobacillus Acidophilus is a beneficial bacteria that is found naturally in the gastrointestinal tract. It’s claimed that this bacteria helps in digestion and is necessary for optimal utilization of the nutrients in your food.
But before we talk about its benefits, first a little more information on Lactobacillus Acidophilus. This bacteria ferments sugars into lactic acid and thrives on a temperature of 37 °C (99 °F).
Some strains of Lactobacillus acidophilus are believed to have probiotic qualities anre so are used in producing some yogurt and other dairy products. Some studies habe shown that this bacteria can help relieve chronic constipation and improve digestive health. Lactobacillus acidophilus can also be used to treat diarrhea caused by infections or antibiotics. Some of the brand names of lactobacillus acidophilus are Bacid, Flora-Q 2, Acidophilus, Novaflor, RisaQuad, Floranex (obsolete), Superdophilus, and Acidophilus Probiotic Blend.
Other similar probiotics include Saccharomyces Boulardi, and Bifidobacterium Breve.
Saccharomyces boulardi helps the body protect against antibiotic associated diarrhea, infections of Clostridium difficule, and other specimem of clostridial. Saccharomyces boulardi can also treat acute diarrhea in both children and adults. Diar Safe is the most common brand name for the saccharomyces boulardi strain of probiotics.
Bifidobacterium breve promotes a healthy bowel function and can be found under the brand name Bifiene.
Importance for Your Health
Fact is, while digestion may seem like one simple benefit probiotics give you, its effects are many and far reaching. When your digestive tract is not functioning the way it should be, you can suffer from back pains, abdominal cramping, irritable bowel syndrome, acne, acid reflux disease, precancerous polyps, constipation, leg pains, lack of energy, neck pains, bad breath, smelly stools, bloated feeling, heartburn, allergies, and skin breakouts. In addition, you have a higher susceptibility to being infected with colds, viruses, and bugs.
So keeping you digestive system running as smoothly as possible is imperative for enjoying good health. While the naturally occurring probiotics in your stomach do try, they are not always successful in extracting all the nutrients out of your food.
When this happens, most people turn towards commercial probiotic supplements. This is really not an effective strategy. Instead of adding in more probiotics in your stomach, you need to nourish the existing ones by providing them with Prebiotics.
Taking a good probiotic will do a lot more for improving your digestion than a probiotic pill would do.
How to Choose a Good Prebiotic
A quality prebiotic would provide fiber supplements, enzyme supplements, and phenolics all in one package. Kiwi fruit is one of the best kinds of prebiotics you can take.
Unfortunately, you cannot simply eat a kiwi in order to receive the health benefits, because you would have to eat the whole fruit, including the skin and seeds, which have an unpleasant taste.
A better alternative is to take a quality supplement that contains the extract of the kiwi. A single capsule a day would provide you everything you need for optimal digestion, without the need to eat copious amounts of kiwi fruit daily.
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