I have been on the look out this year for different foods and products to help keep my families digestive health on track. There is a GI health topic I’d like to discuss today, and that is probiotics for kids.
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Today we are talking probiotics for kids. I am sure you have heard of probiotics mentioned in the media.
Why are probiotics important?
A growing body of scientific evidence suggests that you can treat and even prevent some illnesses with foods and supplements containing certain kinds of live bacteria.
What are probiotics and what’s their role?
Simply put, probiotics are microorganisms, mainly bacteria, that exist naturally in the digestive tract. Probiotics are the good bacteria that help keep bad bacteria at bay while promoting healthy digestion and are vital for many body functions.
Why do we want to use Probiotics?
Many things can disrupt your child’s balance of good bacteria including stress and diet changes. My daughter’s pediatrician told me she sees many children in her office these days with digestive health issues related to many different factors, but restricted bathroom breaks at school and food choices were among her top reasons.
Let’s look at a couple approaches parents can take to help keep their families digestive systems running properly.
One method is to provide enough good bacteria to the GI tract with foods that are high in probiotics. If you are interested in increasing your families intake of probiotics consider these foods which are probiotic packed:
- Dark chocolate
Some of these may sound a bit foreign to you as they are not foods commonly found in the American diet. Start with those that are more familiar to your family, such as yogurt, dark chocolate, or sauerkraut. If you are interested in trying these new foods, search online for recipes utilizing the ingredient you are interested in. Ideas include Miso Soup or Kimchi and Eggs.
Another choice to get healthy bacteria into your family is to offer your kids a daily probiotic supplement like Align Jr., which is made specifically for kids, from the makers of Align. These are great tasting chewable tabs that are easy for children to take. If you are interested in trying these chewable tabs with your children click here for a $5 off coupon. It’s the #1 Doctor and Gastroenterologist-recommended probiotic brand‡.
Balanced with a healthy diet full of fiber and plenty of water, probiotics can be a great tool to utilize in keeping your families digestive health on track in this new year. If you would like further information on this new probiotic for kids, check out the Align Jr. Website.
If you are looking for a recipe that contains healthy probiotics check out this Fruit & Yogurt Parfait. It is one your children are sure to love!
Is GI health something you have thought about in your family? I’d love to hear your experience with probiotics!
ǂ Among gastroenterologists and doctors who recommended a brand of probiotic in an AlphaImpactRx 2016 Survey.
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