Aug 03, 2015
Acidophilus (Lactobacillus acidophilus) is bacteria that occurs naturally in our small intestines, and is referred to as a probiotic species (good germ), that helps us maintain intestinal health and aids in our digestion. Acidophilus is popular among digestive supplements, as it is a natural part of our digestive system and can be replenished by eating yogurt with live cultures of acidophilus, and even some kinds of cheese.
Acidophilus is very useful for those with lactose intolerance. When your body's digestive enzymes have trouble breaking down lactose, the result can be discomfort, cramping, and diarrhea. Acidophilus can aid in providing additional enzymes to help break down lactose. Along with lactobacillus acidophilus, there are other species of probiotics or good bacterias along with acidophilus, such as lactobacillus bifidus, which is the dominant bacteria in the guts of newborns and very helpful in breaking down breast milk and other forms of dairy.
Holistic Treatment Using Acidophilus
On this page are numerous uses for acidophilus and other probiotics, submitted to us by our Earth Clinic readers. In particular, we find that acidophilus is useful in curing bacterial vaginosis, bad breath, boils, cold sores, and even sore throat. In addition to these cures, there are also a number of discussions and even a recipe for homemade yogurt. Let us know how you use acidophilus remedies, and how they worked for your better health!
Remedies for Acidophilus
I have found a great product with 100% acidophilus in it with no additives all natural, I never heard of this product before so I assume it may be new on the market, I found it's only sold in whole food stores, It's odd that I didn't notice this product, how-ever some one gave a brand new big bottle of this called "Siggi's" it's 100% pure. I use it inside and out but of course it's just as good to drink. I am going to write more on this on the next page on bacterial vaginosis infections etc.
Acidophilus is one of the more popular treatments for Bacterial Vaginosis.
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My friend who sells herbs and vitamins noticed my bad breath and told me how to cure it. He said my small intestine was in need of good bacteria so he put me on Acidophilus (___, 8 billion) per day and now I not only never have bad breath, my gums no longer bleed and hurt and it is helping me with my fight with Candida. I won't go without the Acidophilus ever again!
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Posted by Christy (Chicago, IL ) on 09/04/2006
I am cured! Acidophilus!! It worked in only a day or so. I have been taking garlic supplements, eating raw veggies, and drinking organic juices...I felt healthier, but was still getting small boils - until my friend turned me on to Acidophilus. It is a natural supplement of probiotic bacteria ... basically bacteria that eat bad bacteria. I bought it at Whole Foods. My boils are gone & no new ones have popped up!
Posted by Carroll (Middletown, NJ)
If I feel a boil coming on, I take Acidophilus, one a day. The boil never fully comes out. I take it for a couple of days, or a week if I actually have one and it goes completely away. Acidophilus works wonders for boosting the immune system.
Posted by Jimdave (Lavinia, Tennessee) on 06/02/2009
Acidolpholis cured my cold sores and fever blisters. Had them all my life and saw a note about this bacteria in a magazine. I laughed, like everyone else. Later is desperation I tried some Bulgarian Buttermilk and within 24 hrs they were gone. Worked for years, then they took the buttermilk off the shelves. Replaced it with bulgarian style (no bacteria added). It's a fake and doesn't work anymore. Bought the pills over the counter. Also works great. Just take one or two ocasionaly when traveling and eating processed food.If takeing antibiotics or drinking clorinated water you will need to take a mega dose between antibiotic pills. You will be amazed. No thrush or hemorriods. Most every company has thier own kind of bacteria so I alternate and keep a couple on hand. Some now say that they contain Bulgariacus. That apears to be the best.
Posted by Marvia (St. Catherine, Jamaica) on 09/30/2008
I've always had outbreaks of cold sores for more than ten years until a friend told me about Acidophilus. Whenever I feel the tingling on my mouth I crush two tablets of the (Probiotic) Acidophilus (preferrably the Schiff brand) with 1 tsp. of milk and take and repeat this three times a day.
The outbreaks of my cold sores usually happens after the intake of antibiotics which usually breaks down the friendly bacterias so the acidophilus regularises the friendly bacterias and it's a great digestive support.
Posted by Ken (Sanford, Nc Usa) on 04/24/2012
If you take probiotics for awhile, wouldn't it make sense that once the cultures are established inside of you they could replenish themselves? We know that they multiply, they are live cultures, after all. (At least until you had to take antibiotics again. )
Does anyone know why people are given the idea that they need to keep taking probiotics continuously and indefinitely? Is there a reason to continually take something that should be self-replenishing, other than the manufacturers want to keep selling as much as they can? Any ideas
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Posted by Ed2010 (Canada) on 07/11/2014
This is not some special recipe to make. By far the best and Cheap Probiotic food.
Mix 7 teaspoons of Miso paste in 1.5 ltrs of warm water, throughly mix it well. And store in a Juice Can and keep in refrigerator. Drink 100 ml or 200 ml a day or whenever you get time take out of the refrigerator and drink couple of sips. Comes for 1 week.
This gives you Trillions of beneficial bacteria and yeast. The taste is bit salty but very good for health. For me it is delicious.
Remember, it should be a good organic miso.
I bought organic imported Japanese Miso in Big Carrot. For 7 dollars, just a small container. You can make 5 - 7 batches of juices.
So, if you calculate the price per serving it is damn cheap than a probiotic pill.
Just a couple of sips can provide whole lots of nutrition and probiotics.
I always buy Red Miso, coz it is made with Soya and Brown Rice. Brown Rice has the complete Amino Acid profile and bioavailable. Which means it is easily absorbed by the body. Amino acid is the basic building blocks of the body.
Miso, is a very complex fermented food, research are very less on it. As it is made with real sea salt, you can get Boron, Iodine which are necessary for the body. Boron and Iodine are what we are deficient in North America today.
Natural Sodium Chloride to promote stomach acid HCL secretion.
I respect and Salute Japanese Heritage.
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Posted by Shadel (Nebraska, US) on 04/10/2014
I tried to make the 'Coconut milk yogurt' as the recipe listed, but it didn't thicken. It is still the consistency of milk. Could someone tell me what I did wrong? Thanks for your help.
Posted by Kelly (Cincinnati, Ohio) on 08/20/2010
Hello everyone. As you already know, yogurt with high levels of probiotics is very healthy. In my search for "affordable yogurt" I came across an EASY recipe for HOMEMADE yogurt. All you need is:
1)a crock pot
2)milk-any kind you wish, I started off with whole milk
3)yogurt starter- you can use the probiotic package kind from a health food store, or just go out and buy an 8 oz. PLAIN dannon for a starter (starters add probiotics to get the culture STARTED. ) save a cup at the end for the next batch. Prep time is approx. 10 min total
1)BOIL WATER TO SANITIZE CROCKPOT-OPTIONAL
2)put milk in crockpot and turn "ON":ANY KIND OF MILK- (1ST TIMERS USE WHOLE MILK)
a)high for 1-1/2 hrs. Or:
b)low for 2-1/2 hrs.
3)turn crockpot "OFF" for--- 3HRS. ----- and let cool to 170 degrees (the purpose thus far is to have killed ANY bad bacteria-personally I've never used the thermometer just strictly followed the recipe (cooling is imperative or your yogurt will not culture.
4)after the three hours take lid off of crockpot and add starter--stir with wisk to get starter thoroughly mixed in. 5)take a clean bathtowel and cover the whole crockpot and let sit for 8-9 hours to culture the probiotics. The longer the more sour the taste( some people prefer more sour)
Milk to starter ratio: 1Gal. milk=1cup starter
and so on.......
6)To refridgerate: take a collander and a bowl... (bowl preferably larger than the collander)flip a small salad bowl upside down to elevate the collander-line the colander with coffee filters, or cheese cloth (I used a new t-shirt washed and bleached). And let the whey protein (chock full of amino acids that are good for you)drain out into the big bowl-the longer drain= thicker yogurt (I like it thick like greek yogurt). The amino acid filled whey can be drunk, added to recipes requiring water(baking), boil pasta in it etc.. If you don't like plain, put honey or fruit on top yum! Once you do this a couple of times it is so simple. I wanted to share this recipe with earthclinic readers because of the health benefits to me personally and hopefully to others:
1)reduces acid reflux
2)probiotics loosen stool (not diarreah)like popular yogurt advertised on t. V. Haha!
3)can be used in female remedies
4) so satisfying it can be used in weight control by diabetics who eat small meals.
5)used by people w/ gastrointesinal issues
6)when using lower fat milk(have'nt tried skim yet), can be used as a delicious alternative in soups, casseroles, desserts etc. To lower total fat intake. Aside from being very healthy it is easier on the pocketbook. I make homemade yogurt for approx.. 60 cents a quart versus $6. 00 a quart at the grocery store. God Bless and have fun with it!
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Posted by Yasir (Stockton, CA) on 09/16/2007
I found acidophilus to be very helpful with insomnia.
Posted by B (Attica, IN) on 12/10/2006
After being diagnosed with IBS and perioral dermatitis I knew I had to make a change. I did my research and talked to a few people at the health food stores and then added probiotic acidophilus to my diet. The first week I took 2 times the recommended amount, the second week I cut it down the recommended amount and then have stayed on that amount rather well the past 10 years. It has fixed all the problems with my skin as well as my digestinal tract. All the diseases of the body start in the stomach and colon, the acidophilus either in capsule form or yogurt help correct this imbalance. By fixing the imbalance, everything else falls in line. My skin is beautiful now. I would recommend this to any one suffering from any skin lesions and digestive problems.
Posted by Brice (Sringfield, USA) on 05/16/2007
I've had my fare share of sore throats, and I find that taking one capsule (1 billion count of organisms) of Acidophilus plus one 200mg of Ibuprofen every 4 hours helps with the pain.THIS IS JUST A SUGGESTION. This works for me, but may cause further health problems in others. Acidophilus is a probiotic, which means you shouldn't take it with antibiotics. Acidolphilus contains the same Lactobacillus (rod-shaped bacteria) found in milk or cheese. The breakdown of nutrients by Lactobacillus Acidophilus produces lactic acid, hydrogen peroxide, and other byproducts that make the environment hostile for undesired organisms. Acidolphilus is not recognized by the FDA to cure any disease. Ibuprofen helps in reducing the swelling. Ibuprofen is a blood thinner and shouldn't be used with other blood thinners. Ibuprofen has also been known to cause stomach pains and stomach bleeding. If stomach pains occur, drinking milk may help. READ THE DRUG FACTS LABEL.