It is discouraging that I have forgotten so many of the health facts I have learned over the years. I should have started this blog a long time ago, but alas I didn’t so I just have to hope that little things will jog my memory for those long forgotten ones. One of those happened just the other day. I was talking to my chiropractor about some antibiotics I was taking and he mentioned that when I was finished with them that I should remember to take some Pro-Biotic Acidophilus. Memories came flooding back about how important it was to keep healthy bacteria in our stomachs. I know that sounds funny if you have never heard of Pro-Biotic Acidophilus before, but it is true. Antibiotics kill all bacteria and we actually have friendly bacteria that live in our bodies that help fight diseases. So when we take antibiotics we not only kill the bad ones that are making us sick but we also kill the good ones and that means we can more easily become sick again. I decided to refresh my memory on the subject and went to the website http://altmedicine.about.com/cs/herbsvitaminsad/a/Acidophilus.htm. The website gave some great basic information, part of which I will share with you, but if you want the whole article just go to their website.
They said that:
“Probiotics are live microbial organisms that are naturally present in the digestive tract and vagina….some of the ways they are thought to promote health include suppressing the growth of potentially harmful bacteria, improving immune function, enhancing the protective barrier of the digestive tract, and helping to produce vitamin K.”
” A number of medical, diet, and lifestyle factors are believed to disturb the balance in the colon. This imbalance is called dysbiosis. Factors include:”
- Inadequate dietary fiber
- Oral antibiotic therapy
- Infant formula feeding
- Ingestion of environmental toxins
“No longer kept in check, less healthy bacteria and yeast may flourish, which is thought to increase the likelihood of conditions such as infectious diarrhea and vaginal yeast infections.”
I hope all my women readers caught that; not having friendly bacteria could increase the likelihood of yeast infections. So if you are having a lot of yeast infections or have never had any and suddenly are getting some, maybe the antibiotics you have taken in the past have destroyed the good bacteria that were keeping those yeast infections away.
The article continued by talking about why people use Probiotics and gave a list of the different things that could be helped by taking a dietary supplement of Pro-Biotic Acidophilus. The list is below.
- Diarrhea Due to Antibiotic Use
- Traveler’s Diarrhea
- Side Effects of Radiation Therapy
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Vaginal Yeast Infections
- Ulcerative Colitis
- Crohn’s Disease
- Immune Support
- Lactose Intolerance
- Prevention of Colds
- Allergic Rhinitis / Hayfever
- Colon Cancer Prevention
- Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth
- Canker Sores
I was also intrigued by the fact that irritable bowel syndrome could be helped by Acidophilus as well. That could be a subject for a blog for another time.
It also listed some safety concerns that I thought I should list as well, even though I have never had any problems with the supplement:
“Side effects of probiotics may include mild, temporary digestive complaints, such as gas and bloating. People who are immunosuppressed should seek medical
advice before using probiotics. It is possible that the probiotic itself may cause a serious infection. One death was reportedly linked to probiotic use in a person taking immunosuppressant medication.”
Now where can you buy this dietary supplement? Just about any health food store. I really don’t have any information on whether one kind is better than another, so just go with what ever you can find.
Heres to healthy bacteria!