Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Lactobacillus – The Bacteria You Need (And Should Love)


Lactobacillus is a type of beneficial bacteria that inhabits the human digestive and urinary systems. Typically found in fermented foods such as yogurt and probiotic cleanse formulas, these friendly bacteria lend to a healthy, functioning digestive tract and immune system.

In the medical field, lactobacillus is used to treat a number of digestive-related illness and conditions including:

  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Inflammation of the colon
  • Colic in infants
  • Necrotizing Enterocolitis (NEC) (often found in premature babies)
  • Diarrhea, especially infectious types often associated with children and tourists, as well as symptoms of antibiotic treatment
  • Acid reflux (GERD)
  • General digestive issues

Lactobacillus has also been proven effective in some non-digestive instances, including:

  • Boosting nutrient and vitamin absorption
  • Treating and preventing common colds and the flu
  • Preventing respiratory infections in children – especially child in high exposure daycare settings
  • Helicobacter pylori infection which often leads to ulcers if untreated
  • Urinary tract infections (UTIs)
  • Vaginal yeast infections
  • Prevent serious infection in people on ventilators
  • Skin conditions such as eczema (allergic dermatitis), hives, acne, fever blisters, and canker sores
  • Treating high cholesterol
  • Countering lactose intolerance
  • Treating Lyme disease
  • Combating weight gain

But how can Lactobacillus be effective against such a wide array of seemingly unrelated conditions, from Lyme disease to ulcers and even weight loss? The answer is really quite simple. These bacteria are a natural part of an operative human body and are required to foster a functioning immune system. They help the human body break down food, absorb nutrients, and fight off bad microbes and infections. Without a healthy level of these beneficial bacteria, the immune system suffers, leaving a person vulnerable to a myriad of conditions and diseases. With the correct balance of these microorganisms, a person’s digestive tract and immune system function at their best.

Unfortunately, the lifestyle of the modern human does not promote a healthy environment for these bacteria. We no longer have a diet rich in fermented foods and favor a highly processed diet. Worse yet, there are a number of products that claim to contain Lactobacillus, but actually do not, and may even be contaminated with dangerous “unfriendly” bacteria, compounding any digestive or immunity problems. The best solution is selecting a high quality raw probiotic cleanse formula from a trusted supplier. The cleanse should be made of all natural, organic certified products and features live microbes and bacteria that have not been genetically modified.

No comments:

 
#