One of the main goals of the Specific Carbohydrate Diet is to starve out the bad bacteria and yeasts in the gut and to restore and repopulate the good bacteria in the gut. Starving out the bad bacteria and yeasts is accomplished by following the SCD and not consuming the foods that feed them and that they thrive on such as sugars, starches, and complex carbohydrates. I like to help this “starvation” along with anti-yeast supplements that not only starve the yeasts but break down their cell walls and cause them to die-off as mentioned in a previous post. I find that it helps to quicken the whole process.
In addition, I like to help repopulate the good bacteria in the gut with acidophilus supplements. I’ve tried many over the years, but have found Liquid Acidophilus to be the most effective. I take 2 TB on an empty stomach in the mornings right before I eat breakfast so that it can travel quickly and smoothly down into my digestive track without anything blocking it’s way. I follow it with a cup of water to help it along. 2 TB is one ounce, about the amount in a small shot glass, so sometimes I’ll just pour myself a shot of liquid acidophilus and follow it with a juice or water chaser.
There are several different brands of liquid acidophilus on the market today, quite a few of which have added sweeteners in their ingredients or soy bases. I avoid those. I’ve found that American Health’s Plain Liquid Acidophilus, which only contains purified water and non-fat dry milk as ingredients, is one of the best. There is no need to worry about the non-fat dry milk as all of the lactose is predigested by the acidophilus bacteria - the same bacteria that works to ferment our 24 hour yogurt.
Here is what it says on the bottle: American Health’s Acidophilus liquid is composed of hardy, viable balanced cultures of specially selected strains of lactobacillus cultures in a natural palatable base of predigested milk solids. The organisms involved three strains of Lactobacillus acidophilus including the original Metchnikoff strain and a special strain from the Pasteur Institute, a strain of Lactobacillus bulgaricus and a strain of Lactobacillus thermophilus. Each serving provides approximately 20 billion “friendly” organisms. American Health’s Acidophilus supports a favorable environment for the absorption of nutrients, encourages intestinal microflora balance, and promotes the healthy functioning of the intestinal system.