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What foods are considered to be probiotics?

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There is no one particular food that is considered the "probiotic," which is actually a term that refers to a supplement; however, there are foods that contain probiotics, including yogurt, kimchi, kombucha, sauerkraut, kefir, miso and several cheeses such as Swiss and cheddar, according to Women's Health Magazine and WebMD. For those people who do not enjoy eating these foods, a probiotic supplement is an excellent way to ensure that the body has enough probiotics.

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What foods are considered to be probiotics?
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Studies have shown that probiotics are beneficial for the gut and for other parts of the body, because people who consume probiotic foods and supplements have lower blood pressure readings than people who do not consume them, reports Women's Health magazine. Probiotics is actually a term that describes bacteria that is alive, and this bacteria works to build up the "good" bacteria in the body and eliminate the "bad" bacteria in the body. Probiotics are especially helpful for people who suffer from irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease and all forms of diarrhea.

It is important for people to note, however, that there are several different kinds of bacteria that can be labeled as a "probiotic." This means that not all probiotic supplements are created equal and some probiotic supplements are more helpful than others, writes WebMD. For people who need help deciding what probiotic supplement to take, nutritionists can help by suggesting specific foods and supplements.

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