Probiotics are all the buzz right now. But, what exactly is a probiotic? Let’s break it down, the word probiotic comes from the Greek word pro meaning “promoting” and biotic meaning “life.”
They are known as friendly microorganisms that live mainly inside our gut. We often associate bacteria as causing disease, but what if we told you that probiotics are GOOD bacteria that can be beneficial to our bodies!
Probiotics work to balance the number of good microorganisms versus the not so good microorganisms that live in your body. By establishing a good balance of microorganisms – your immune system and digestive system are able to maintain a healthy environment. This healthy balance reduces your child’s susceptibility to colds, digestive concerns, allergies, and more.
Probiotics - PROTECT, PREVENT AND PLAY!
They help us to:
- Have a healthy digestive system9
- Have a strong immune system (more than 70% of your immune system lives in your gut!)8, 11
- Create a friendly and healthy gut environment by outnumbering bad bacteria
- Protective us from invading pathogens
Probiotics can help children with:
- Negative effects from antibiotic exposure7
- Common colds6
- And more!
So, you can see how probiotics are friendly and can help our children have a
- Happy tummy
- Happy skin
- Happy immune system
- Happy development
To increase the number of good bacteria that your child receives, you can supplement with a good quality probiotic. Alternatively, probiotics are present in fermented foods such as yogurt, kefir, kombucha, and sauerkraut. In order to get enough probiotics into your system a supplement can be the best option! Be sure your child consumes the probiotic supplement with food to ensure optimal absorption!
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