You may be familiar with hearing about the most common strain, Lactobacillus acidophilus, as this is often the probiotic promoted in yogurt products… but it is just one of hundreds of strains of bacteria, or ‘flora, in your gut. You received your first exposure to these bacteria while traveling through the vaginal canal during childbirth. Further exposure came via your mother’s breastmilk. This flora is an important factor in your digestion, immune function, intestinal health, production of some vitamins, and prevents overgrowth of non-friendly bacteria.
When the number of ‘non-friendly’ bacteria outweigh the ‘friendly’ this is a condition called ‘dysbiosis’.
Factors that can reduce the number of protective flora include chlorinated water, antibiotics, pesticides on foods, stress, and the overall quality of your diet.
Supplementation with probiotics is available in capsule, powder, and liquid forms.
Focusing on children; diaper rash, redness around the genitals &/or anus, thrush, eczema, and bowel irregularity may be signs of not enough ‘good’ flora in their intestinal tract.
Young children who may have a greater need for probiotics experience(d) any of the following:
– Were born by caesarean
– Have taken antibiotics
– Were not breastfed (by a healthy woman)
– Have irregular bowel movements
If you suspect dysbiosis may be an issue for you or your child, consult a qualified healthcare practitioner.
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