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Can I Give Probiotics to Kids?
Probiotics are microorganisms, such as acidophilus, that increase the overall health of the people who eat or drink them. They increase the number of good bacteria that live in our intestines, and prevent the growth of the bacteria that can harm the body.
Antibiotics kill not only the bad bacteria in the body, but they, also, kill a lot of the good bacteria. Stress, immunizations, traveling and a change in diet can cause a change in the ratio of the good bacteria to the bad.
You can give probiotics to kids of any age. Children will benefit from taking probiotics because the probiotics help keep their digestive system and their immune system healthy. They, also, help nutrients digest and absorb better.
Studies have shown that probiotics are especially useful in children that have acute diarrhea and babies that have colic. Giving probiotics to kids can help their immune system when they have symptoms of flu or a cold. They, also, help with allergies, acne and digestive diseases, such as Chrohn’s disease and irritable bowel syndrome.
Prebiotics in the body come from carbohydrate fibers that don’t digest. They remain in the body, and help the good bacteria flourish and grow.
There are no herbal benefits of probiotics. However, herbal products can be used in conjunction with probiotics and prebiotics to boost the immune system and fight against certain diseases.
In light of the above facts, it is safe to say, yes, you can give probiotics to kids. Their immune systems will be healthier, and their bodies will be able to fight off any bacteria or virus that they come in contact with.
The information supplied in this article is not to be considered as medical advice and is for educational purposes only.
|Bio Supplements15 Nov 2009|