Acidophilus Bifidus – Your Friendly Neighborhood Bacteria

Rarely would the words “bacteria” and “Good” be used in the same sentence. But with the Acidophilus Bifidus, this is certainly appropriate. You can even dump in “Friendly” in that sentence.

Because it is.

Acidophilus Bifidus is a friendly bacteria that provides a treasure chest full of health benefits. Acidophilus Bifidus is a combination of two separate bacterium, the Acidophilus and the bifidobacteria. Together with the Acidophilus, Lactobacillus Acidophilus and the Primadophilus, they are known as probiotics.

Each of them can provide many benefits to a person’s digestive organs and healing digestive disorders. This can include irritable bowel syndrome, diarrhea, flatulence, urinary tract infections, halitosis, candida overgrowth and vaginal yeast infection.

They also help suppress the growth of pathogens and have been known to protect the body from carcinogens.

Many doctors and physicians recommend the intake of probiotics especially when a person is taking antibiotics. This is to add population to the probiotics found in the body which can be eliminated by the antibiotic.

When the body experiences a decreased number of probiotics such as the Acidophilus Bifidus in the body, certain diseases may occur like yeast infection.

While there is no known serious side effect in taking Acidophilus Bifidus, it is better to consult a doctor first before ingesting it. Some people have been known to experience gas in the first few days after Acidophilus Bifidus intake. This is just a natural reaction by the body that is adjusting to the ingestion. But otherwise, Acidophilus Bifidus is a natural occurring bacteria that is good for our body.

Source by Renata Nyleve

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Benefits of Probiotics – Friendly Bacteria

The bowel contains over 400 species of bacteria weighing almost 4 pounds (1.5 kilos). Live bacteria make up about 30% of the mass of a stool. Some of these bacteria are potentially harmful and can cause disease. However, many are friendly bacteria and have a beneficial effect in our bodies. These beneficial bacteria are often referred to as 'probiotics' – this literally translates as 'for life'. Lactobacillus acidophilus and bifidus are the 'good' bacteria that normally inhabit our bowels and they are responsible for keeping 'bad' bacteria and fungi such as, candida albicans, under control. If the harmful bacteria dominate in the bowel essential vitamins and enzymes are not produced and the level of toxins in the body rises. This rise in harmful toxins can potentially cause cancer, liver and kidney disease, high blood pressure, artery disease and poor immunity.

The lactobacillus, acidophilus, bifidus and other friendly bacteria are able to do the following.

  • Weaken antibiotic resistant bacterial strains and 'supergerms' and infections in people who have a compromised immune system.
  • Manufacture B vitamins (biotin, B3, B5, B6, folic acid and B12) and vitamin K.
  • Inhibit the bacteria that convert nitrates into nitrites and secrete carcinogens – therefore they act as anti-cancer agents (especially in the bowel and bladder).
  • Act as a natural antibiotic against 'bad' bacteria and viruses and yeasts such as candida albicans.
  • Improve bowel function and elimination.
  • Improve diarrhea conditions in irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn's disease, AIDs and in travelers.
  • Relieve and prevent skin conditions such as acne and skin infections.
  • Can assist in the protection against the adverse effects of radiation and pollution.
  • Helps to reduce high blood levels of cholesterol and triglycerides.
  • Helps to manage high stress levels and food cravings.
  • Helps to eliminate bad breath.
  • Helps to balance sex hormone levels and enhances fertility.
  • Produces lactic acid and enhances the digestibility of foods.
  • Assists in the prevention of osteoporosis.
  • Can assist in the treatment of:
  • o Allergies,
  • o Eczema,
  • o Psoriasis,
  • o Colitis,
  • o Irritable bowel syndrome,
  • o Gastritis,
  • o Duodenitis,
  • o Diverticulitis,
  • o Urinary tract infections,
  • o Vaginitis,
  • o Autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, lupus, alopecia areata, scleroderma and so forth, and
  • o Other chronic infections.

Probiotics have also been shown to have a beneficial effect on the course of pregnancy, labor, and the postpartum period. It is a far safer prescription than antibiotics and probiotics have been demonstrated to reduce the incidence of postpartum complications. Also if the mother has a healthy bowel population then the beneficial bacteria are transferred to the baby at birth (including when the delivery is by cesarian section). This means that the baby is less likely to develop fungal infections such as thrush and cradle cap. How do probiotics work?

There are several different ways that the probiotics work.

  • They produce anti-microbial substances – organic acids, hydrogen peroxide and bacteriocins. These inhibit pathogen adhesions and degrade toxins produced by the 'bad' micro-organisms.
  • They compete with 'bad' bacteria for binding sites as well as for nutrients.
  • They secrete various proteins that stimulate the immune system both locally and throughout the body.
  • They can prevent the movement of harmful micro-organism through the intestinal wall and into the lymph nodes, spleen, kidneys, liver and blood.

The adverse effects of probiotics Probiotics are generally considered to be very safe and well tolerated in the usual dosages. Highly sensitive individuals have reported the occasional occurrence of indigestion, nausea and heartburn. Very rare cases of liver abscesses due to L. acidophilus have been reported in cases of chronic pancreatitis undergoing surgery. Dosage The safe and effective dosage for most people is 1 to 10 billion viable L. acidophilus, L casei GG or B. bifidum organisms daily. Dosages in excess of 10 billion can cause intestinal disturbances.

Factors that suppress probiotics There are a number of things which will adversely affect probiotics. These include:

  • a diet high in sugar and refined foods,
  • caffeine,
  • alcohol,
  • chlorine in drinking water,
  • tobacco,
  • prescription antibiotics,
  • steroids,
  • vaccinations and
  • X rays.

It has also been found that the casein and antibiotics found in most commercially available dairy produces will also adversely affect the probiotics. Probiotics are a natural part of the healthy bowel and have many beneficial effects on the body. In particular they are able to counter the effects of harmful bacteria and yeasts such as candida albicans. Taking a friendly bacteria supplement containing lactobacillus acidophilus, bifidus and other beneficial bacteria can be of benefit in many conditions and can help to improve health.


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Source by Dr Jenny Tylee

IsoFresh Probiotic: for Vaginal Balance of Yeast and Bacteria in Women, Take Control of Odor, Itching, Yeast Infections

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JUST ONE CAPSULE A DAY Helps Replenish Healthy Bacteria and Balance Yeast INCLUDES 5 FEMALE-TARGETED PROBIOTIC STRAINS, Including Lactobacillius reuteri Which Has Been Shown in Clinical Studies to Reduce Pathogenic Bacteria and Yeast in the Vagina. MAXIMUM POTENCY AND FRESHNESS ENSURED AND NO REFRIGERATION NECESSARY – Comes in a Unique, Specially Designed Bottle with a Safe, Inner Liner PERFECT COMPANION to IsoFresh Balancing Gel A 30 DAY SUPPLY in Each Bottle MANUFACTURED IN THE USA in a GMP-certified Manufacturing Facility SUITABLE FOR VEGETARIANS – Contains No Eggs, No Nuts, No GMO, No Artificial Colors or Flavors SUPPLIES A TOTAL OF 10 BILLION COLONY FORMING UNITS – 2 Billion Each of Lactobacillus rhamnosus, Lactobacillus reuteri, Lactobacillius acidophilus, Bifidobacterium lactis, Bifidobacterium longum

Replenish Healthy Vaginal Bacteria and Control Yeast with One Capsule A Day!

IsoFresh Probiotic is a once daily oral probiotic supplement that provides 5 strains of friendly bacteria in a total of 10 billion Colony Forming Units per day, to support a healthy vaginal ecosystem.

Not all bacteria are created equal especially when it comes to women’s health. Lactic acid producing bacteria (LAB) are key to stopping the often recurrent cycles of yeast (candida albicans) infections and bacterial vaginosis (BV). You might be familiar with lactic acid as it relates to physical activity – it is the by-product of intense exercise that creates an acidic environment in muscles and causes unfortunate soreness. Your vagina, unlike your muscles, benefits from an acidic pH (~4 pH) in order to kill or discourage other bacteria, yeast, and viruses from thriving. Healthy bacteria naturally produce lactic acid, which helps keep the pH of the vagina in a healthy range. To sum it up – lactic acid is essential to your vaginal health!

Maintaining the acidic pH is easier said than done, as many everyday circumstances such as taking antibiotics, exercising, feeling stressed, having sex, eating too much sugar, and douching, can give bad bacteria the upper edge which in turn pushes the pH towards alkalinity.

​Once your acidic pH gets knocked out of balance, it can set the stage for the development of bacterial vaginosis and yeast (candida albicans) infections. You may also experience unwanted odors and irritation. Taking an oral probiotic supplement, like IsoFresh Probiotic, can help tip the scales back in favor of vaginal health by helping to re-populate friendly bacteria and by supporting a healthy vaginal pH, all of which can reduce the chance that yeast and bad bacteria will take hold. Pairing IsoFresh Probiotic with IsoFresh Balancing Vaginal Gel, a lactic acid containing gel, will double down on bad bacteria and yeast and get you back to feeling like yourself again.

Just One Capsule per Day Helps Replenish Healthy Bacteria and Balance Yeast. Contains No Eggs, No Nuts, No GMO, No Artificial Colors or Flavors.

Includes 5 Probiotic Strains, Including Lactobacillius reuteri and Lactobacillus rhamnosus, Chosen Specifically for Optimal Vaginal Health.

No Refrigeration Required – the Probiotic Strains are Flash Frozen and Freeze Dried, Placing Them into a Suspended Animation State until Reaching the Digestive Tract.

Perfect Companion to IsoFresh Balancing Gel. Double Down on Bad Bacteria by Using a Lactic Acid Gel in Addition to IsoFresh Probiotic.


How often should I take IsoFresh Probiotic?

To support healthy balance of bacteria and yeast in your vagina, take one capsule of IsoFresh Probiotic daily.

Can I use IsoFresh Balancing Gel along with IsoFresh Probiotic?

Yes, IsoFresh Balancing Gel and IsoFresh Probiotic are designed to be taken together to provide maximum support for vaginal health. IsoFresh Balancing Gel supports optimal pH in the vagina, which sets the stage for healthy bacteria to grow. IsoFresh Probiotic helps to replenish the friendly strains of bacteria.

What is a Colony Forming Unit?

The healthy bacteria provided in a probiotic supplement like IsoFresh Probiotic are measured in CFUs, which stands for Colony Forming Units. A Colony Forming Unit refers to the active and/or live bacteria in the supplement. Only active bacteria are able to divide and form colonies, which ultimately leads to the recolonization of friendly bacteria in the vagina. IsoFresh Probiotic contains a total of 10 billion CFUs per daily dose (one capsule), meaning that each day you will receive 10 billion bacteria that are active and ready to colonize.

Does IsoFresh Probiotic need to be refrigerated?

IsoFresh Probiotic is formulated to be stable at room temperature, so it does not require refrigeration. The bacteria are freeze-dried, and are packaged in a specially designed bottle that has a liner that draws moisture away from capsules, which helps keep the bacteria dry. Like other supplements, it is best to store IsoFresh Probiotic in a cool, dry place, and, while not required, it is certainly won’t hurt to refrigerate the product.

Can I take an additional probiotic supplement with IsoFresh probiotic?

IsoFresh Probiotic contains 2 billion CFU each 5 different bacterial strains, for a total of 10 billion CFU, an amount believed to be sufficient to help recolonize the vagina with friendly bacteria. There is no harm in adding an additional probiotic supplement, but we don’t believe it to be necessary.

Are the bacteria in IsoFresh Probiotic alive?

The probiotic strains of bacteria in IsoFresh Probiotic are flash frozen with liquid nitrogen and then freeze dried to remove the moisture from them, placing them into a suspended animation state. Suspended animation is basically a hibernation of the cells, so they stop all metabolic function. As soon as the probiotics reach your digestive tract and are exposed to moisture, they are rehydrated and their metabolism starts back up. This process of freeze-drying the probiotics allows for a more stable product, which doesn’t require refrigeration.

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

INCLUDES 5 PROBIOTIC STRAINS, Including Lactobacillius reuteri, CHOSEN SPECIFICALLY FOR VAGINAL HEALTH – a Total of 10 Billion Colony Forming Units
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Culturelle Ultimate Balance Probiotic for AntibioticsCulturelle Ultimate Balance Probiotic for Antibiotics is exclusively powered by Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG (LGG). LGG harmonizes your microbiome in 3 ways: by adding good bacteria into your body, influencing existing bacteria within your body and helping to keep non-beneficial bacteria from thriving.* LGG, the single-strain super probiotic, is the only probiotic strain you need to help support good digestion and immune health even while taking antibiotics.*Culturelle Ultimate Balance Probiotic for Antibiotics rebuilds the bacterial balance lost to antibiotic use.* It supports the healthy response of your body’ s natural defenses and contributes to a healthy immune system.* Taking Culturelle Ultimate Balance for Antibiotics during and after antibiotic use is a great way to help bring your digestive system back in balance to keep you healthy and strong.*Culturell, #1 Pharmacist recommended probiotic brand,†††† is recognized for recognized for it’ s safety and efficacy. Culturelle is the leader in probiotics†††. Trust your gut to Culturelle.

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Probiotic Supplements – How to Lessen Bad Side Effects From Good Bacteria

The benefits of probiotics are seemingly numerous and they address a host of lifestyle issues. From the use of antibiotics and the contraceptive pill, and the imbalances that these can cause in the gut microflora, to irritable bowel syndrome and diets rich in processed foods and environmental toxins, our intestines are under constant attack. Probiotics, the ‘friendly bacteria’ that live in our bodies are edged out by the unfriendly variety, resulting in digestive disorders, infections and colonic related diseases.

In a healthy gut, probiotics thrive in abundance, ensuring that there is no space for the malignant bacteria to wreak havoc in our bodies. Probiotics have been a natural part of our ancestors’ diets for centuries. However, the growth of the fast food industry, with the emphasis on convenience as opposed to quality, means that many harmful practices have become the norm in the way we grow, cultivate and consume our food. Nowadays, unless we make the effort to buy organic, chances are that our meat and dairy have been laced with antibiotics, not to mention the artificial fertilisers in crops, all of which make their way into our systems. Some of this is unavoidable, such as the chlorine in tap water that also kills off the friendly bacteria in our bodies. But we do have to make a conscious effort to ensure that our diets are giving us the nutrients we need rather than saturating us with harmful chemicals.

Add to this the fact that what we eat has also changed significantly- we no longer get the required nutrients just from our diets so we have to turn to food supplements. This is now big business, as more and more people are becoming aware of the long standing deficiencies in their diets and the health problems that these are causing. With the majority, it has now got to the stage where a concentrated injection of the lacking nutrients in the form of food supplements is required. If we naturally derived these from balanced diets, there would be no issues of side effects or precautions to consider. As it is, due to the lack of these friendly bacteria in the type of food we regularly consume, we need food supplements in order to effectively reintroduce them back into our systems.

Probiotic supplements, as with other food supplements do have some side effects and precautions to consider before taking them, albeit generally fairly minor ones. The rule of thumb is to gradually introduce the supplements into your diet: the good bacteria start destroying the bad bacteria in your gut and this may result in gas, bloating and stomach cramps for a few weeks. In order to minimise this, it is advisable to avoid probiotic rich foods when you first start taking the supplements. Once the probiotic supplements have assimilated into your system, you can start eating food containing them.

These side effects are known as ‘excessive drainage syndrome’, and could also be accompanied by headaches and diarrhoea. These are akin to the unfriendly bacteria making a ‘last stand’ as it were, in your system. They are being killed off and the intestines are being re-colonised by the beneficial bacteria and these side effects are a symptom of that. Also, if you are on immunosuppressants, it is best to seek medical advice before taking probiotic supplements. The introduction of these friendly bacteria into your diet could over-stimulate the immune system, causing serious problems. People with otherwise impaired immune systems, or underlying health problems should also consult their doctors if they are thinking about taking probiotic supplements. There have been cases where individuals with problematic immune systems suffered from infections as a result of taking probiotic supplements.

Generally however, the main side effect that people experience is the digestive related issue of excessive gas and bloating when they first start taking the supplements. If you experience this and it is causing a lot of discomfort, it might be worth lowering your dosage and slowly increasing it as the friendly bacteria integrate into your system.

If you are vegan or lactose intolerant, there are rice based probiotic supplements available.

Source by Jim Briggs