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The word “bacteria” is often perceived as something negative and harmful, especially when it is used to describe something related your health. In reality, your body needs a certain amount of bacteria to function properly and maintain an adequate balance of internal operations.


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Lactobacillus acidophilus is a type of bacteria that lives inside your digestive, urinary, genital systems, and is sometimes found in fermented foods like yogurt and in dietary supplements. This “helpful” and “friendly” bacterium is one of the most popular probiotics that can help your body break down food, absorb nutrients, and fight off “unfriendly” organisms that might cause diseases. Most research involving Lactobacillus acidophilus shows a high effectiveness for treating diarrhea and rotavirus (a virus that causes severe diarrhea in children), but other sources claim that it can be used to treat lactose intolerance, eczema, asthma, vaginal infections, and irritable bowel syndrome.

As mentioned, Lactobacillus acidophilus is a probiotic that is commonly found in fermented foods such as yogurt, kefir and soy products. If you want to know if your yogurt brand has Lactobacillus acidophilus in it, look for the bacteria name in the active ingredient list. According to an article on Healthline.com, “yogurts that contain probiotics will have the Natural Yogurt Association’s ‘Live and Active Cultures’ seal.”

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This probiotic can be ingested through dietary capsules, liquid and powder form. It can also be consumed through the integration of recipes with yogurt in it- This is because yogurt has less lactose than milk and other dairy products. If you want an easy way to get probiotics into your diet, check out our Good Morning Sunshine and Pomegranate Blueberry Powerhouse Smoothie recipe that contains Greek yogurt!