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Some of the most common questions I get as an integrative gastroenterologist are about probiotics, or the “good” bacteria living in the gut. One of the most interesting of all the “good guys” is Bifidobacterium lactis, a specific type of bacteria that has received a lot of attention for its unique health benefits. But first, some basics: Probiotics are live organisms that are ingested for the purpose of improving your health, and they can be taken in a variety of forms, such as capsules or powders or even in certain kinds of foods. A prebiotic is a food that helps these good microorganisms grow and prosper. You can think of a prebiotic as fertilizer for the good guys. We often think of these foods as particular kinds of fibers. A symbiotic is a supplement that has both probiotics and prebiotics, designed to work together in synergy. We could talk about the different kinds of probiotics for hours, so spending time on one particular strain—Bifidobacterium lactis also known as B. lactis—feels almost like a luxury. Why is this strain so significant? Well, it’s a superstar for gut health. For starters, a study from 2015 showed that a fermented milk conta...

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