When you hear the word ‘bacteria’, disease-causing germs usually come to mind. But our body is full of bacteria, good, bad and benign (known as flora), and maintaining a proper balance is essential for good health.
Known as the “good” bacteria, probiotics are live microorganisms that are beneficial to our health, especially the digestive system. It is believed that boosting the helpful bacteria within the body can help to overwhelm harmful bacteria to regulate and promote better health.
There are plenty of foods that contain probiotics, such as yoghurt, sauerkraut, tempeh and pickles, but many prefer consuming probiotic supplements to add a beneficial boost to the digestive system. It is important to note that probiotics do not build up in the gastrointestinal system; once consumption of probiotics are stopped, your microflora levels will return to its original environment.
Probiotics for children
A child’s unique gastrointestinal system and basically his entire microbiome (the collection of microorganisms in a specific environment, such as the gut) starts to develop from the womb, through infancy and becomes constant during childhood.
There are many factors that affect a child’s gut microflora, such as mode of birth (vaginal or C-section), breastfeeding and consumption of antibiotics. Because antibiotics kill both good and bad bacteria, consuming probiotics may help to restore the gut flora balance to ease any gastrointestinal distress.
Additionally, studies suggest that taking probiotics may help to positively affect a developing immune system and prevent allergies like eczema or asthma. It is important to note however, that there are many species and strains of probiotics. Each has different benefits and effects and doesn’t necessarily treat or prevent all ailments.
Naturally occurring beneficial bacteria
The most common probiotic, Lactobacillus can easily be found in fermented foods such as yoghurt. It is believed to help with diarrhoea and lactose intolerance.
Present in some diary products, this strain of probiotics helps to ease the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome and other digestive problems.
A high potency probiotic, Vivomixx contains a special blend of eight strains of live bacteria to help maintain the balance of intestinal flora. Selected for their specific individual characteristics, these eight strains work to ensure effective colonization of the gut and provide an optimal concentration of healthy bacteria for the gastrointestinal tract:
- Streptococcus thermophilus DSM 24731
- Bifidobacterium breve DSM 24732
- Bifidobacterium longum DSM 24736
- Bifidobacterium infantis DSM 24737
- Lactobacillus acidophilus DSM 24735
- Lactobacillus plantarum DSM 24730
- Lactobacillus paracasei DSM 24733
- Lactobacillus delbrueckii ssp. bulgaricus DSM 24734
Not just another probiotic
Vivomixx is one of the most widely studied probiotics with over 60 published human clinical studies and a total of over 180 publications. Available in capsules, drops and sachets to suit your little one’s preference, Vivomixx can be taken daily. It is free of preservatives, synthetic sweeteners, GMO and gluten, and it is Halal and Kosher certified.
Available at: Vivomixx capsules are available at selected clinics and retail pharmacies. Vivomixx drops, kids and sachets are available at selected clinics.