Acidophilus and You- who is Acidophilus?

October 30, 2008

Since the little article we did yesterday about taking one’s life back, we thought it might be fun to do a few little “mini-series” on things you can do to make it happen for you and your family in a healthyfishies kinda way.

I thought a good place to start would be with something that is very near and dear to my heart…. Acidophilus, from the family of Probiotics or gutbugs, as I so lovingly address them.

Personally, I ADORE yogurt, kefir, saurkraut, kombucha or any of those little delicious foods containing these amazing gutbugs. I have a long historic love affair with them, they basically assisted to save my life. As some of you dear readers may know, fishie has Crohn’s disease. After a bout with a hospital stay, loads of antibiotics and tons of drugs… my gut was better, but still messed up. That is, until a friend introduced me to the world of PROBIOTICS - my new best non-medication medicine. Oh baby, I can not tell you what these gutbugs did for me!! Of course, being unable to do the dairy thing, I found goat milk to make my own kefir and I also found soy yogurt as well as another beautiful drink called Kombucha Tea. I was on my way to being able to live life again…. my first step in TAKING IT BACK!

So, anyway… What is Acidophilus (gutbugs) anyway? And why do we healthyfishies need it?

GOOD AND GOOD FOR YOU

Before I tell you how to make your own healthy gutbugs (Acidophilus, probiotics or lactobacilli) let me share a few of the main health-related reasons for eating this lovely ancient Middle Eastern delicacy. It all begins with tiny little organisms that convert milk to yogurt or kefir:  lactobacillus acidophilus bacteria. These wonderful little things set up a living factory or environment in your digestive system and produce B vitamins; which help combat nervous disorders, mental and physical fatigue, anemia, skin rashes, and even can assist your body in repairing your gut among other things… these gutbugs are amazing!!

Basically, acidophilus is used to describe a number of bacteria which help in human digestion. These bacteria include L. acidophilus, L. casei, L. bulgaricus, among others. These acidophilus thrive — and make yogurt or Kefir — by converting milk sugar (lactose) to lactic acid . . . and this end product produces yet another of yogurt’s amazing health benefits: The toxic bacteria that cause intestinal gas and other gross things, cannot survive in an environment containing significant amounts of lactic acid.  This effect of acidophilus— creating good vitamins to repair and protect all while eliminating bad bacteria — is especially helpful after someone has taken antibiotics. The germ-killing medicines may successfully combat an unwanted disease, but they also tend to wipe out the body’s supply of internal acidophilus and leave the treated patient susceptible to B-deficiency and other issues. Therefore, we should consider acidophilus an important health-restoring food.

Acidophilus can help protect the body against harmful bacteria, parasites and other organisms. As it breaks down, it releases things that create a toxic environment for unhealthy creatures in the body, helping to drive them out. It also plays an important role in digestion, helping to produce a number of chemicals which aid in the digestion process.

Many different people groups look to acidophilus for a wide range of health benefits. In addition to basic digestive assistance, acidophilus is found to help bolster the immune system as a whole. It is also awesome to help provide some relief from intestinal problems (like Crohn’s and others). Also, The fungal infection of Candida albicans, more commonly referred to as a yeast infection has also been found to be controlled by acidophilus.

Because antibiotics kill the good gutbugs called probiotics, such as acidophilus, as well as harmful bacteria, it is a very good idea and a tasty way to replace the good gutbugs in your life!

bon apetit!

I will be adding more to the acidophilus mini-series very soon… like recipes for making yogurt, kefir, saurkraut and yes even Kombucha Tea.

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Entry Filed under: Disease Information, Foodies, Green Living, Natural Cures and Remedies, Penny Pinchers, chemical free, dairy free, gluten free. Tags: recipes, crohns disease, kefir, frugal, acidophilus, probiotics, b vitamins, yogurt, saurkraut, kombucha Tea, candida.

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