probiotics It has become widely known that probiotics are good bacteria and help with digestion – but are they good for kids? How old should you be before you start worrying about probiotics?

The truth is that there isn’t such a thing as introducing probiotics to your system too early. We aren’t born with these good bacteria, so we have to ingest them. And the earlier we can do that, the more good it will do for our bodies. Still need some convincing? Keep reading.

Why should I give probiotics to my children?

Kids get sick, plain and simple. Younger children are constantly surrounded by germs or ingesting weird things. Many antibiotics can’t tell the difference between the body’s good and bad bacteria, so when it’s fighting an illness, it clears out everything. This is when probiotics come into play. Probiotics help rebuild the supply of good bacteria once the antibiotics have done their job, which is especially helpful if a child gets sick while traveling.

While the name probiotics may sound scary if you are hearing it for the first time, you really should consider it the same way you consider getting your child the recommended amount of calcium or Vitamin-C. Probiotics are natural aids formulated to help your body perform at its best.

Probiotics have also been proven to help aid digestion. They can be a natural cure for many stomach issues, including gas. When children are getting the sufficient amount of probiotics, they are helping their digestive systems break down foods to give their bodies the most nutrients from the food they eat – and thus make them healthier.

When should I start giving probiotics to my children?

As mentioned before, we are not born with probiotics in our system, so the earlier you can introduce probiotics into your family’s diet, the better. This helps children build up strong digestive systems from an early age as well as develop a taste for naturally healthy foods. These habits, if started early enough, will follow your children into adulthood as second nature.

How do I incorporate probiotics into the family diet?

It’s a lot easier than you think! Probiotics are found naturally in foods we eat every day, like yogurt and pickles. They can also be found in many Asian cuisine dishes such as Miso soup or Kimchi  (and a recent study by OxFam showed that Asian countries rank healthiest in the world for eating habits). If Kimchi doesn’t sound appetizing, traditional sauerkraut also works. It is important to remember that you have to eat lots of unpasteurized yogurt and other fermented foods to get enough of the probiotic benefits. Because of this, probiotic supplements are helpful.

You can slip supplements into a tasty fruit smoothie, juice, or water to help give that extra boost. Appropriate amounts for children of different ages vary, though, so make sure to check the label for the recommended serving sizes.

It’s that simple to get on the way to providing your family with stronger digestive systems and healthy bodies!

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