What are probiotics and why are they so important to the diet solutions program? Probiotics are beneficial micro-organisms like Lactobacillus, Bifidobacteria, and Streptococcus residing in your intestinal tract. They manufacture vitamins, especially B vitamins like biotin, niacin, folic acid and B-6 that detoxify chemicals and metabolize hormones. They empower enzymes that maximize food assimilation and digestion.
Probiotics (in contrast to antibiotics) are an astounding fighting force. These disease fighters compete at a basic level with harmful microorganisms in your body. First, probiotics deprive undesirable bacteria of nourishment thus preventing their growth. Secondly, probiotics attack specific pathogens by changing your body’s acid/alkaline balance to an antibiotic environment. Probiotic activity against vaginal yeast infections is a good example of this. If you are taking long courses of drug antibiotics, remember that they kill all bacteria, both bad and good. All intestinal flora are severely diminished. For most people, poor digestion, diarrhea or constipation, flatulence, bad breath, bloating, tiredness, migraines, even acne are a result of long antibiotic treatment.
Probiotic organisms prevent disease, even treat infections by restoring micro-organism balance in your intestinal tract. It does not matter how good your diet is if your body can’t use it. There are up to 4 lbs of bacteria in the human intestinal tract. Your body must maintain an ecological balance of these bacteria to protect your health. Our modern lifestyle destroys normal body balance. Health experts say most people have around 15% good bacteria and 85% bad bacteria…an environment ideal for disease development. Stress, alcohol, chemicalized foods, environmental pollutants, antibiotic and steroid drugs all hamper our ability to use nourishment. When unfriendly bacteria get the upper hand in the balance, the door opens to infections.
The best way to get probiotics in your diet? Add them through foods like yogurt, kefir or raw sauerkraut. Think of probiotic supplements as an insurance policy for your health. Most supplements have lactobacillus acidophilus (which attaches in the small intestine), bifidobacterium (which attaches in the large intestine), and lactobacillus bulgaricus (three protective strains of flora). Together they produce hydrogen peroxide, a byproduct that helps maintain protective microbial balance and protects against pathogens.
New research shows new benefits for acidophilus. Lactobacilli acidophilus, part of the normal flora in your urinary tract and vaginal tissue, helps you digest dairy foods, prevents most yeast infections and restores intestinal balance especially for traveler’s and antibiotic-induced diarrhea. Acidophilus is highly successful for children’s diseases. Children have naturally strong immune systems and may only need the gentle body balancing of friendly flora instead of harsh drug or chemical antibiotic.
Experience with many people has shown that acidophilus is very effective as a healing medicine when it is sprinkled directly on food…particularly low immune response conditions, such as candida albicans, eating disorders and HIV infection where nutrient assimilation is seriously compromised. Pets with digestive problems or system weakness also benefit from the addition of acidophilus on food. It’s important to note that in order to prevent negating its healing properties you want to avoid cooking with acidophilus.