With school bells ringing once again, it's never been more important to protect your child's immunity as you send them back to school. With the ability to help support gut health and strengthen the body's immune system, probiotics have slowly become one of the most popular supplements when it comes to immune support.
What are probiotics?
Probiotics are live bacteria and yeast that are intended to provide health benefits when consumed - generally by improving or restoring the gut flora.
Although bacteria gets a bad rep, it's important to understand that not all bacteria is bad. You see, your body needs certain bacteria to stay healthy. Bacteria helps with digestion, absorbing nutrients, and battling other germs that make you sick.
Did you know that your body has its own community of germs that are often referred to as a microbiome? It’s made of good and bad bacteria, viruses, and fungi. However, when our good vs. bad bacteria becomes unbalanced, our microbiome becomes vulnerable and infections and illnesses may creep up.
Due to a number of reasons - stress, environmental factors, diet, etc - our gut health can become pretty unbalanced very easily. Which is why we think it's important to support our gut's with a high-strength probiotic.
Probiotics for children
Children firstly develop their microbiome in the womb and then it continues to develop through early childhood. It’s believed that an unhealthy microbiome is responsible for many diseases - including the common cold, upset stomach, IBS, leaky gut, and a poor immune system. After all, our gut is our second brain.
Whilst we always encourage individuals to consume a healthy diet, we understand that life gets in the way and it's not always easy to ensure that your child gets plenty of vitamins and minerals. This especially relates to probiotics as they're only found in certain types of foods like yoghurt, sauerkraut and fermented cottage cheese. And let's be honest, that's not a typical diet of a modern-day child, is it?
The benefits of probiotics for children
Due to the changes in gastrointestinal bacteria caused by a child's diet - or whether they've recently been taking antibiotics - the immune functions can alter massively. By building a healthy gut microbiota with the use of probiotics, you can help support your child's gut health. Probiotics taking daily target the intestine, its microflora and associated immune system.
Whilst the studies are still ongoing, it's been affirmed that probiotics (especially those with Lactobacillus species) have the following benefits...
- Helps to balance the intestinal flora - an unbalanced gut can lead to bloating, gas and even diarrhoea
- Helps to maintain digestive health
- Helps to strengthen the body’s natural defences
- Helps to stimulate the immune system
- Supports symptoms of IBS
- If antibiotics have been taken, then probiotics help in replenishing the lost healthy bacteria and restore the balance between healthful and harmful bacteria in your child’s gut.
Our powerful formula with 5 billion CFU
When it comes to choosing the right probiotic, you want to ensure that the bacteria strands are powerful enough to survive the journey in your child's stomach. If not, the probiotic won't be able to work its magic and to put it bluntly, it'll be doing a pretty useless job.
Which is why we've created a powerful formula that contains both Lactobacillus Plantarum and Lactobacillus Paracasei strands - which can easily survive the acids in our stomach which stop other formulas doing their job. Our Nutritional Product Development team worked with leading scientists and researchers in Sweden for the extraction of these crucial strands.
They also contain 5 billion colony forming units, together with Folic Acid, Vitamin D and Vitamin B12.
Our chewable probiotics are not only suitable for children over 3 - with a delicious lemon and vanilla taste - but they're perfect for adults too. Click here to purchase your first tummy loving tub!
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