Friendly bacteria benefit the human body in many ways. In short, they:
ACIDIFY THE COLON: The ideal pH of the large intestine is between 6.7 and 6.9. Acetic acid and lactic acid are some of the by-products that help create this. The acidic environment inhibits the growth of harmful bacteria such as salmonella, which causes food poisoning; shigella, the main cause of diarrhea; and e. coli, which can cause intestinal disease and kidney failure. Good bacteria also produce volatile fatty acids which, together with other acids, make mushrooms and yeast (candida) difficult to survive.
NORMALIZE THE BOWEL MOVEMENT by reducing the time it takes for the waste product to move through the digestive system. They also stop diarrhea and improve constipation.
IMPROVING THE IMUN SYSTEM. Good bacteria help stimulate the formation of antibodies that protect our body from infectious diseases.
HELP TO PRODUCE VITAMIN. Good bacteria help produce vitamin K, which is needed for blood clotting and new bone formation.
HELP IN MAKING Lactation. This is an enzyme needed to digest milk and milk products. Without lactase, milk allergy is a sure thing.
DELETE TOXIC ELEMENTS. Lactobacillus acidophilus deactivates various toxic compounds produced by other organisms or in food.
Playing an important role in reducing cholesterol. A high-fiber diet and good bacterial flora can reduce cholesterol levels, protect against colon cancer, and even improve fat digestion by providing more bile acids.
Helps eliminate gas problems. The right bacteria in the large intestine remove intestinal gas and sweeten the breath. Bad breath (halitosis) is often caused when “bad” bacteria take over the large intestine and produce foul-smelling waste. These gases can be released or absorbed back into the blood and carried to the lungs and exhaled. All breath sweets in the world will not improve bad breath caused by intestinal problems. I know a neighbor who has just bad breath and body odor. His wife kept asking me what supplements I could give to her husband to stop her bad breath. This woman has tried every free drug for halitosis known to mankind and no one has succeeded. Knowing this man and his diet, I knew that the contents of his stomach had just been filled (he had what I called “his dirty stomach” – big and hard) from the years of eating wrong. He didn’t want to consider bowel cleansing as I suggested here, so he and his bad breath (and his wife who was disappointed) went on as usual. We will discuss autointoxication in Chapter.
Again, a good balance of bacteria is very important for optimal health and a good digestive system. Imbalance can make the body vulnerable to diseases such as digestive problems, skin problems, acne, reduced immunity, arthritis, liver and gallbladder problems, memory failure, hypertension, fatigue, and migraine headaches, to name a few.
Many people think the only reason to take lactobacillus acidophilus as a supplement is if they have some type of intestinal or digestive problem. The truth is that friendly bacteria in your intestine have a wide range of effects that you might never dream of. These hard-working organisms produce various substances that can prevent cancer tumors, deactivate viruses, produce natural antibodies and vitamins, and reduce cholesterol. New research has linked these bacteria to more miracles.
The last note about “gardening”. Keep in mind that lactobacilli acidophilus is a living organism, and as a result they are very vulnerable to death and lose its effectiveness. Most of the culture that you buy must be stored in the refrigerator or frozen to sustain it. There are several brands that don’t have to be cooled (which are comfortable when traveling), and they are active in the intestine. They should be taken on an empty stomach 20 to 40 minutes before meals when your acid and digestive juices are not produced in large quantities. I recommend taking this living organism first thing in the morning on an empty stomach so that it lines the intestinal tract.