Many people do not realize that about 400 species of bacteria inhabit the intestinal and digestive tracts--many of them helpful and necessary to good health. Two of the most well-known types of bacteria are acidophilus (Lactobacillus acidophilus) and bifidus bacteria (Bifidobacterium bifidus).
In addition to maintaining proper colon health, friendly bacteria have several other functions. First, they assist in the final breakdown of food for nutrient absorption. Second, they fight yeast, other fungi, and other bacteria. Third, they help maintain proper pH (acid-alkaline) balance in the colon. Fourth, they make up part of the immune system--in some cases being a first line of defense. Fifth, they help produce certain B vitamins for the body. They can help against diarrhea, yeast infection, constipation, and more. Needless to say, they are very important.
Many things help destroy friendly bacteria and lower their concentration in the body. Obviously, antibiotics play a large role. Although it is a good idea to take a probiotic (friendly bacteria supplement) daily, it is extra important to do so after taking antibiotics. High fat diets, high sugar diets, coffee, other acidic food/drink, low fiber diets, drugs, chlorine in water, and lack of exercise are just some of the many, many other factors depleting friendly flora in our bodies.
Bifidophilus Flora Force actually contains four different species of friendly flora: Lactobacillus acidophilus, Bifidobacterium longum, Lactobacillus caseii, and Lactobacillus rhamnosus. If you decide that you would like more species in a supplement, Nature's Sunshine has Probiotic Eleven--11 different species in that product!
For women with yeast infections, Bifidophilus Flora Force used with along with Yeast/Fungal Detox is a superb program. For frequent (or infrequent) overseas travelers that have concerns with diarrhea, Bifidophilus can be used with an anti-parasitic formula, such as Herbal Pumpkin or Artemisia.
One final comment...many people turn to yogurt as a source of probiotics after undergoing an antibiotic treatment. Due to the fact that yogurt normally contains sugar that is harmful to probiotics, it is suggested that this not be the primary source to replace friendly bacteria. Also, the main bacteria in yogurt is Acidophilus, which is only one species that may not give you the benefit of some bifidus bacteria.
IMPORTANT NOTE: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. All statements are based on historical or anecdotal use of herbs and natural remedies. If a serious health condition exists, one should see a qualified medical doctor rather than rely on information given on this website.