What is acidophilus? Acidophilus or acidophilus lactobacillus is a microflora or probiotic that keeps the bad bacteria in our intestines in check. And for women, it keeps a healthy pH balance in the vagina. Imbalances of the bacteria can result in yeast infections, unhealthy colon, bad breath, urinary tract infections, flatulence, gas, indigestion, and diarrhea.
Probiotics are sometimes prescribed by doctors with antibiotics to make the antibiotic more effective, these are said to help in the production of niacin, folic acid, and B vitamins during the digestive process.
These days getting the required supplement of acidophilus is easy to achieve. It is available over the counter in the form of dietary supplements and pills; it is found in dairy products like yogurt and, my favorite Yakult drinks.
During pregnancy it is ideal to keep the level of acidophilus at a normal level as much as possible due to the higher risks of urinary tract infections. But like always consult your doctor first before trying anything, this is just information and not in no way a substitute for professional health care. Get regular check up and listen to your doctor first.