Bacteria are the enemy to most most parents. We try to do our very best to keep our kids healthy and happy, but a runny nose always seems to loom around the corner. Bacteria gets a bad rap, but not all bacteria are harmful. Both adults and kids need certain bacteria in order to stay healthy.
That’s where probiotics step in. Probiotics give the body an extra boost of the good bacteria it needs and in doing so provides benefits for even the smallest bodies from head to toe. Here are a few highlights of what our probiotics offer.
- Digestive and Immune Support
- Supports Respiratory Health
- Promotes Healthy Skin
- Naturally Acid and Bile Resistant
- Tasty Easy to Take Chewable Tablets
- Organic, Natural Flavors, Sugar-Free, Non-Dairy, Non-GMO, Soy Free, Gluten Free, Preservative Free, Vegan, Kosher
What Are Probiotics?
The body is home to hundreds of microorganisms. This community of “good” and “bad” bacteria is known as the microbiome. The microbiome helps to maintain balance in your child’s digestive system, immune system, hormones, metabolism, and overall health.
The microorganisms that make up the microbiome live:
- In the gut
- On the skin
- In the saliva
- In the urogenital tract
Children begin developing their microbiome in the womb. By the time they are only three years old, it is believed that they have the same gut microbiome as an adult. Therefore, the role of probiotics may be just as important in children as it is adults.
Another term you might hear used referring to the gut microbiome is “gut flora.” Essentially, when the gut flora is thrown off balance, problems can begin to occur. Problems from stomach issues to allergies and even anxiety can all potentially stem from the gut microbiome being out of whack.
The balance is tipped when the bad bacteria begin to outnumber the good bacteria. This can happen for multiple reasons like over-sanitation, stress, and diet. Another big factor that causes an imbalance is antibiotics.
Antibiotics are often essential for keeping children healthy. However, part of the job of antibiotics is to wipe out bacteria. Antibiotics don’t discriminate. They wipe out both the bad and the good bacteria. This leaves the possibility of the harmful bacteria being able to multiply and take over the good which can lead to a secondary infection. Common secondary infections are urinary tract infections, intestinal infections, and yeast infections.
Probiotics are live microorganisms. They are the good guys—the good bacteria. Probiotics help to replenish the good bacteria in the gut and restore balance. They can also help maintain a healthy microbiome overpowering unwelcome bad bacteria that try to wreak havoc on the body.
Some foods like tempeh or sauerkraut contain natural probiotics. However, it can be challenging to fit these types of fermented foods and dairy into the typical diet (especially a picky child’s diet). Probiotic supplements make it easy for adults and kids to be sure they are getting all that they need to maintain optimal health.
There are many different strains of probiotics. At Intrinsic Nutrition, our kids probiotics contain a proprietary blend of Bifidobacterium lactis and Lactobacillus acidophilus, which are vital for developing the digestive and immune systems. Our trademarked Lactobacillus acidophilus strain has also been proven to be naturally acid and bile resistant. This ensures that our probiotic will reach deep into your child’s intestinal tract with no need for additional coatings.
Potential Benefits of Probiotics for Kids
Sometimes a day learning at preschool or even a fun children’s birthday party might look more like a petri-dish for infections to the parent. However, probiotics may be able to help protect your child against infections and even have an effect on the duration of some respiratory infections.
Reduce the Duration of Acute Gastroenteritis
Acute gastroenteritis is basically defined as loose or liquid stools that happen more than three times per day. Vomiting or a fever may also be a part of these stomach bugs the culprit of which is typically the rotavirus or norovirus. Research has found that probiotics may reduce the duration of diarrhea in kids with acute gastroenteritis.
Prevent Antibiotic Associated Diarrhea
Probiotics can help decrease the risk of antibiotic-associated diarrhea in kids staring a round of antibiotics. The probiotic may help maintain the balance of the gut microbiome after the antibiotics as well. They may even help increase the effectiveness of antibiotics and help prevent the bacteria in the child’s body from becoming resilient to antibiotics.
Prevent Respiratory Tract Infections
Research shows probiotics may help protect children against respiratory infections. Probiotics may be especially helpful for kids who have recurring respiratory tract infections.
Manage Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Research suggests that kids with functional gastrointestinal disorders like irritable bowel syndrome may benefit from taking probiotic supplements.
Protect and Maintain Healthy Skin
Probiotics seem to have an anti-inflammatory effect. Research suggests that a balanced gut microbiome benefits both healthy and diseased skin. This may also be because of its anti-inflammatory effects and may especially help children who suffer from eczema.
Choosing the Best Probiotic
Of course, parents only want the best for their children. Intrinsic Nutrition strives to produce only the highest quality products. Products you can trust to keep you and your family healthy and happy.
Our kids probiotic supplements are specially formulated and produced in a world-class NSF Certified probiotic facility in the USA to ensure optimum health benefits. They are small and chewable to make it easy for kids to ingest. They are also packed with a taste your child is sure to love.
One tablet once a day will do the trick with our kids probiotic supplements. They are meant for children three years old and up. While probiotics are generally safe for healthy children, as with any medication or supplement, you should consult your child’s pediatrician before giving probiotics to your child. Probiotics should not be given to children who are chronically ill or who have compromised immune systems.
With all of the benefits probiotics have to offer, its no wonder why they are only continuing to grow in popularity. Probiotics can help the whole family stay healthy from the inside out.
These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.