Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
When disease-causing bacteria get a home in your gut, they can induce inflammation; damage the intestinal wall and set the stage for IBS. Research has revealed that probiotics can play a major role in resolving IBS and inflammatory bowel disease.
Acidophilus can also help to generate the milk sugar enzyme lactase. It is popular that 75% of adults (except those of northwest European descent) have a deficiency of this enzyme, which suggests their digestive systems cannot break down milk sugar products effectively. This can lead to lactose intolerance, shown by symptoms that include diarrhea, gas, bloating, and bad breath. Some types of intestinal bacteria, for example Lactobacillus, play a fundamental role in the immune system, defending us against infections and cancer. Researchers at the University of Cologne Germany, found out that eliminating the intestinal bacteria of laboratory animals brought their immune system activity to a screeching halt and with probiotics, immune function was restored. The scientists also discovered that these bacteria produced protein like compounds called peptides that kept the immune system running at a low idle, prepared to respond to disease causing infections. More research has discovered that probiotics trigger a wide range of immune compound that battle harmful bacteria and viruses.