Probiotics

Acidophilus is one of several microbes known collectively as probiotics (literally, “pro life,” indicating that they are bacteria and yeasts that help rather than harm).

Your digestive tract is like a rain forest ecosystem with billions of bacteria and…

Acidophilus is one of several microbes known collectively as probiotics (literally, “pro life,” indicating that they are bacteria and yeasts that help rather than harm).

Your digestive tract is like a rain forest ecosystem with billions of bacteria and yeasts rather than trees, frogs, and leopards. Some of these internal inhabitants are more helpful to your body than others. Acidophilus and related probiotics not only help the digestive tract function, they also reduce the presence of less healthful organisms by competing with them for the limited space available. Antibiotics can disturb the balance of your “inner rain forest” by killing friendly bacteria. When this happens, harmful bacteria and yeasts can move in and flourish.

Because probiotics are not drugs, but rather living organisms that you are trying to transplant to your digestive tract, it is necessary to take them regularly. Each time you do, you reinforce the beneficial bacterial colonies in your body, which may gradually push out harmful bacteria and yeasts growing there.

According to the World Health Organization, if probiotics are ingested in adequate amounts, they can provide a variety of health benefits to humans. The expanding science regarding the benefits of probiotics has led to a dramatic increase in probiotic foods and supplements.

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