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FAIR WARNING TO ALL MY MALE READERS....THIS WILL PROBABLY BE A TMI KINDA POST!!!! DANGER WILL ROBINSON, DANGER!!!!
Ladies feel free to join in the conversation though, it's important safe body info here.
Today let's talk about our internal plumbing. Alot of times when we get the sniffles, the flu, or a cold we end up in the Doctors office and walk out with that little blue prescription for amoxicillin right? Or penicillin depending on how bad it is. So we fill the script, start on our daily pill popping ways, and wait. Wait for the pain and suffering to end and the antibiotics to kick in right? But while we are waiting - sometimes - something terrible can happen. We can end up with a yeast infection. Yikes! How did that get there?
Let's break it down...
When we are on antibiotics it's like the overachievers of the medical world. They get into our system and just clean house. They don't discriminate. Whether you belong there or not it's kicking you out. And therein lies the trouble. Antibiotics take out even the pro-biotics which are necessary to our general health. In our intestines there is a naturally occurring bacteria called flora (isn't that just the cutest name?) that lives there and it's job is to regulate our digestion and stool patterns. And yeast lives in our intestines too. These two are constantly vying for more space, but generally they keep each other under check and the amounts stay about where they should. Except when we are on antibiotics, because they deplete the good bacterial flora and the yeast then starts to overgrow (is anyone else's brain visual as vivid and epic looking as mine right now?) Overgrown yeast is no joke though. It can lead to a whole host of troubles for us such as:
- Thrush (white spots on the inside of the mouth)
- Yeast diaper rash
- Vaginal yeast infection
- Yeast infection of the breast (news to me!)
Enter superhero music - dun, dun, dun, duuun!!!! And enter acidophilus! Lactobacillus acidophilus to be exact, and L. Acidophilus for short. Pronounced lack-toe-bah-sill-us acid-ah-fill-us. This microorganism lives in the lining of our intestines naturally and it can replenish our bacterial flora and reduce the overgrowth of yeast. Kapow! Take that!
So when you get sick and need to take an antibiotic try and take some additional L. Acidophilus to keep some good probiotics going in that system of yours. It's suggested that you start to take it as a supplement at first sight of any of the above bulleted symptoms or when you start taking antibiotics. Take it for a week after you have finished the antibiotics as well. We want to be as thorough as the antibiotics were right?
Now to get this into your system you can either get the "L" in capsule or powder form at your local health food store or if you aren't into that you can take it by getting some particular foods at the grocery store that have acidophilus in them naturally. Enter 2nd bulleted list....
- Yogurt - this is the most common source of "L.A." You see that liquid film on top? Don't throw it out! Because it contains alot of the vital acidophilus you will need. Just mix it in with the rest. Also look for the label that says "contains live and active cultures". (You don't want any old fuddy duddy cultures now would you?)
- Energy bars - Luna bars contain the prebiotic inulin which contains elements that will promote good bacterial growth in the belly.
- Wildwood Probiotic Hummus - in a variety of flavors.
- Nancy's Cultured Sour Cream - cute review found here.
It's also recommended that with the yogurt you should get the one with the least amount of added sugar because that can counteract and deplete the effectiveness of the acidophilus.
*Note: This post was made by a non Doctor so be sure to inform your Doctor if you plan on implementing any of these products along with your medicine so as to avoid any medicinal contradictions.
Which one of these methods do you think you might try? Are there any other ways that you get your acidophilus on? Let's talk.
*Yogurt pic from yogurtstarter.org