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How to Get Acidophilus

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

Yogurt is not the only source of acidophilus. Acidophilus comes naturally in fresh fruits and vegetables such as carrots. This gives us just one more reason to eat enzyme-rich fresh produce.

Why do we need acidophilus supplements?

This bacterium dies easy. Eating junky, toxic foods can wipe out healthy bacteria. Antibiotics will also kill much or perhaps all the friendly bacteria in your intestines. Any time a person has taken medication and antibiotics, he or she should follow-up with a regimen of live acidophilus powder for at least a week. To keep the delicate balance of these good bacteria, we should not live on processed food, preserved food, carbonated beverages, and lattes. Raw, fresh foods keep your good bacteria alive, and as a side effect help you live a little longer and happier, too.

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How do you take acidophilus?

Get the live product. I know scientists tell us they have technology capable of stabilizing strains of acidophilus, but I choose the real thing. Like most things you ingest, take this in its most natural form possible: alive. Live strains of acidophilus need refrigeration. If you go to buy an acidophilus product from your local health food store, look in the refrigerated section, not the supplements aisle.

We always buy the bottles of powdered acidophilus. Measure it out with a teaspoon or tablespoon into your glass of 100% juice (we use pure pineapple or grape juice). I actually mix the acidophilus powder right into a glass of water or sprinkle it over a salad, watermelon slice, or grapefruit half. It has a light taste on the chalky-sweet side of the palate. Your children will not notice it in any drink or food (as long as they do not see you hide it there).

There are a few other strains of probiotics like acidophilus beneficial to some people—but they do not work for everyone. According to the Right for Your Type concepts taught by Dr. D’Adamo, some of these additional bacteria strains will work against one blood type and for another. To learn more about the genotype strategy for life management, go here and get the book Change Your Genetic Destiny.

What should you not take with acidophilus?

Since acidophilus is alive, do not take it with killing things. Antibiotics, of course, will kill off your good bacteria. If you are taking high doses of a garlic supplement, grapefruit seed extract, iodine, or colloidal silver, take your acidophilus as a follow-up routine once you finish these products. Also, do not take this bacteria powder in a hot beverage, as the temperature will kill it.

Just for the record, frozen yogurt has no benefit with healthy, live acidophilus. Many commercially sweetened and flavored yogurts do not have enough live bacteria to be worth anything either. If you want to take acidophilus in yogurt, find an organic product without flavor or sweetener. The best source of acidophilus we have found is NOW’s live, powdered acidophilus available here.

How Acidophilus Works

Saturday, October 23rd, 2010

Those asking, “What is acidophilus?” have a variety of pleasant surprises ahead. Our family has found this friendly bacterium to help overcome staph infections, strep throat, abscessed teeth, an abscessed ulceration of the cornea, flu and stomach viruses, colds, whooping-cough, tetanus, botulism, and salmonella. We have found those uses in addition to the commonly known effects of acidophilus in reducing gas and bloating, stomach cramps, indigestion, gut rot, constipation, and acid reflux. A very popular Dentist Chandler has said it can really help to strengthen your gums and reduce bad breath. Certainly, we could go on about dozens of other reasons you need these bacteria in your body.

What does acidophilus do?

Acidophilus works to build a healthy flora in your intestines. Most people who know about acidophilus think it only serves the purpose of aiding digestion. However, your whole life depends on your ability to digest food. People would not have to take so many vitamins and minerals if they could adequately access the God-given nutrients locked up in the whole foods we can eat. A poor digestive system will not access the healing properties of most foods. L. acidophilus bacteria, however, works with your body to digest the food you eat.

Scientists think of your gut as your second brain. People with sluggish digestive systems have sluggish minds. People with healthy bacteria in their intestines will thrive with alertness and endurance as they put to use the miracle nutrients in natural food.

What does acidophilus do for disease?

As we add content about diseases and sicknesses we have conquered, we will explain the dosages we use for certain symptoms. Often we use a whole tablespoon of acidophilus three times per day until the condition improves. We have taken this much for over a week at times for serious situations. Once, my wife had to take one tablespoon (12 billion CFU’s) every hour.

Think of disease as bad armies invading your body. When you take probiotics, such as acidophilus, you are deploying good armies to fight off the bad. My wife’s aunt beat of a horrible Candida-like yeast infection with high doses of acidophilus and a couple other supplements. We will not tell you how much to take, but from experience we know what works for us. Our midwife, a chiropractor, and a few other informed people have helped educate us on the disease-fighting properties of lactobacillus acidophilus. Post your experiences in the comment section below; we would love to know how this bacterium has made your life better.

What is the best kind of acidophilus?

We have tried several brands and have found NOW Foods’ acidophilus to be the best product for the money. Put it in the fridge as soon as you get it (it will survive the shipping time until then). We usually buy a dozen bottles at a time. We have found this to be one of the most useful health products for fighting a lot of issues with our children and ourselves. We have shopped around and found one of the lowest prices for acidophilus and all the other top-quality NOW Food products right here.


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