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Cultured Sweets

Follow up the chips and burrito with a probiotic-packed dessert—courtesy of brands like Attune Foods (about $2.50, sold at Whole Foods stores), which makes probiotic chocolate bars, and Thrive Ice Cream ($5, icecreamsource.com), which in addition to the four probiotic cultures it contains is also high in protein and natural fiber and sells no-sugar-added varieties to boot.

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Probiotic-Laced Snacks

For days when you're craving a salty snack rather than a yogurt, try Farmhouse Culture Kraut Krisps (about $4, grocery stores), which are actually made from the brand's sauerkraut, supplemented with corn kasa (and some extra bugs). Or if you're looking for something more substantial, check out Sweet Earth Natural Foods Get Cultured Burrito (about $72 for 12, amazon.com), a Korean-inspired breakfast burrito featuring fermented red pepper, edamame, and ginger.

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Fortified Drinks

Tropicana recently released their Tropicana Essentials Probiotics line ($3.22, at Walmart stores), with three flavors—strawberry banana, pineapple mango, and peach passion fruit—of probiotic-spiked thirst quenchers for people who prefer to sip their probiotics. If you prefer a lighter drink, there's also KeVita Sparkling Probiotic Drink ($3, AmazonFresh), which uses their proprietary water kefir culture to make a thin, bubbly drink with flavors like roots beer and mojita lime mint coconut.

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The New Generation of Probiotics

At this point, the question isn't "Are you taking probiotics?" Rather, it's "What kind of probiotic are you taking?" After all, the purported perks are too many to name (though this primer makes a good start). And no one wants to miss out on the huge benefits a balanced microbiome has to offer.

Recently, it's become easier than ever to get a healthy dose of healthy bacteria. More and more companies are hopping on the bug bandwagon, offering a wide array of probiotic-laced products that go way beyond the standard yogurt you're used to seeing. We're talking probiotics in juices and ice creams, pills boasting super-targeted strains that claim to cure whatever ails you—even personal care products laced with the stuff.

Full disclosure: The world of probiotics pills and fortified foods and drinks is still a largely unregulated industry, so it's a pretty gray area when it comes to efficacy. "I recommend fermented foods like kimchi and sauerkraut, as well as lots of indigestible plant fiber from green veggies to feed your microbes," says Robynne Chutkan, M.D., a gastroenterologist and author of The Microbiome Solution and The Bloat Cure.

But if you can't stand the tang of kimchi and you're falling short on your daily greens, trying out some of the new forms of probiotics on the market may help give your GI system—and beyond—a little lift.

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