What is a probiotic?
The current definition, adopted by the World Health Organization (part of the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization), defines probiotics as ‘live microorganisms which when administered in adequate amount confer a health benefit on the host’. In simpler terms probiotics are the friendly bacteria that are needed to help maintain a healthy intestinal tract.
Why would kids need to take a probiotic?
- Nutrition absorption. Nutrients in foods and nutritional supplements are absorbed in the digestive tract. Probiotics help maintain a healthy digestive tract so they also help maximize the bodyâ€™s ability to absorb nutrition from the healthy things they eat.
- Immune System. Kids immune systems are being constantly challenged due to their exposure to elements in crowded places such as school. A large percentage of the immune system resides in the digestive tract. Using probiotics to help maintain a healthy digestive tract in turn helps maintain a healthy immune system.
- Antibiotic treatments. Kids are often prescribed antibiotics by their doctors to treat a variety of ailments. Antibiotics also cause a die-off of the healthy bacteria in the intestinal tract. This can cause side effects such as diarrhea. Taking a probiotic supplement can help replenish the good bacteria in your system.