The next natural immune boosting strategy is the use of probiotics. Probiotics are the friendly helpful bacteria that naturally occurs in each of our guts. Probiotics protect our digestive tracts, help us to digest food, assist in toxin cleansing, and they shield us from invading bacteria and viruses. When the bacteria balance in our guts become disruptive in children and adults you will see changes in the ability to fend off infections. The common name used with probiotics is Acidophillus, these are healthy bacteria that live in our intestine and help with our immune systems. The best species of probiotics are lactobacillus and bifidobacteria. These are available as liquid, powder, and capsules.
I first learned about probiotics with my first daughter. She had serious digestive issues as an infant. We began using them with her and then our son had the same issues. The probiotics were a life saver for their poor little tummies. The recommendations for young children are between 5 and 20 billion colony-forming units (CFUs) per day, depending on the child’s age. Please ask your health care provider for specific amounts. It is also important that you buy a high quality probiotic, one that is refrigerated to make sure the live cultures are thriving. The one we buy comes in a powder I just sprinkle it in their morning milk, they can’t taste it.
If you don’t want to take a probiotic daily or give one to your child you can also eat yogurt to achieve similar results Studies have shown that beneficial bacteria in active culture yogurt can help prevent stomachaches, diarrhea, food allergies, eczema, and repertory problems.
Whichever method you choose to use be sure to get those probiotics in your system each day to help support a good digestive system and in a healthy immune system.