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Lactobacillus Acidophilus: Is This Bacteria Actually Good for Us? How?

Lactobacillus Acidophilus

 

What is Lactobacillus Acidophilus?

Lactobacillus acidophilus is a bacteria, or microbe, found in our intestines. It’s actually the most common type of probiotic, and it plays an important role in maintaining our health. Interestingly, this bacteria help produce lactic acid by breaking down lactose with the enzyme lactase. But this isn’t the only process this bacteria is involved in.

 

Benefits of Lactobacillus Acidophilus

Used in many supplements, there’s a good reason many health companies and experts recommend this bacteria. Here are a few of its benefits.

1. Promotes good digestion and detoxification

Research indicates that those with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) who took lactobacillus acidophilus and other probiotics for two months experienced reduced bloating and other symptoms, which suggests it may help reduce inflammation and irritation in the digestive tract.  

Additionally, lactobacillus acidophilus has been shown to reduce diarrhea in a number of conditions. It’s also thought to help reduce common infections in the digestive tract, improving overall digestive function.

2. Boosts immunity

Studies show that probiotics may prevent the common cold and even improve existing symptoms. This may be because 70% of the body’s immune system is located in the gut, which means when digestion and microbiome health improves, so does immunity.

3. Prevents urinary tract infections and skin problems

Probiotics, like lactobacillus acidophilus, have even been shown to reduce urinary tract infections (UTIs), likely due to their positive immune-boosting effects. On top of this, probiotics can help reduce skin issues. Specifically, studies indicate topical probiotics have the ability to improve certain skin diseases and skin inflammation (such as that seen in eczema).

4. Reduces bad cholesterol

“Bad” cholesterol can increase your risk of a heart attack or stroke. But, surprisingly, probiotics, including lactobacillus acidophilus, have the power to decrease bad cholesterol levels. One study even showed probiotics to do this while also increasing “good” cholesterol levels.

5. May aid in healthy weight loss

Because lactobacillus acidophilus helps improve immunity, other markers of health, and gut health, it can enhance the weight loss process by ensuring the systems in the body are functioning as they should. Specifically, due to its positive impact on the gut, the body is able to easily absorb nutrients and energy, guiding you toward optimal health, which can support healthy weight loss.

 

How to Get More Probiotics in Your Diet

The easiest way is by eating more fermented foods, like kimchi, and adding cheese and yogurt (specifically ones with “live cultures”) to your diet. If you find this difficult or this food simply isn’t accessible for you, Life Nutrition’s Advanced Probiotics supplements can help you rebalance your gut and get the right amount of “good” bacteria your body needs!

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