Most of us first heard about probiotics when our kids were prescribed antibiotics. Over the years probiotics have been recommended more and more for daily use in both our diets and those of our children. My kids are generally pretty healthy so I have never really been too concerned about giving them a daily probiotic. That said I have been doing a lot more research into your gut health and the benefits of probiotics for your children.
What are probiotics?
According to Wikipedia, Probiotics are defined as
Probiotics are live microorganisms promoted with claims that they provide health benefits when consumed, generally by improving or restoring the gut flora.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Probiotic
So basically probiotics are good bacteria that help to restore your gut health as well as maintain it. These good bacteria can be found natally in fermented foods like yogurt, sauerkraut, tempeh, and kimchi. If you have tasted those foods you might agree it could be tricky to try to get your kids to eat them regularly.
Daily probiotics are becoming easier to find and one of our favourites is FloraChoc from Bioflora. These little chocolate drops are not only delicious but also jam-packed with 5 probiotic strains. Yes, I did say chocolate drops! It can be really challenging to get kids to take medicines, even ones that are good for them like probiotics. Bioflora has taken this challenge away by creating the first Probiotic Chocolate in South Africa. Made from 54% dark Belgian chocolate with no added sugar, your kids will willingly take their daily dose.
What are the benefits of Probiotics for your children
Good probiotics can positively impact your child’s metabolism and weight. They promote good bacteria which means you create a healthy gut and this is important for weight management throughout your child’s life.
There is a connection between the brain and gut so creating good gut health supports the healthy development and growth of the brain.
Probiotics aid in the digestion of food and they produce certain vital nutrients your child’s body needs.
The daily use of probiotics also supports urinary tract and vaginal health by creating healthy bacteria.
Probiotics also help to fight the negative effects of antibiotics. If you are not giving your child regular probiotics, you must at least add them when they are taking antibiotics.
You can also give your newborn probiotic drops. They can assist with diarrhea, oral thrush, food allergies, and nappy rash. Bioflora has a great product, Infantiforte that is perfect for newborns.
We were sent the FloraChoc chocolate buttons to try out and they were obviously a massive hit but what impressed me the most is the reasonable price tag attached. A 90g bag costs R99 and it lasted us about 3 weeks. If you have ever bought a probiotic, you will know is pretty reasonable.
You can get them in-store from Dischem or online at Organic Choice.
Holidays are approaching which means diets, in general, are filled with sugary, decadent treats, so it is a good time to introduce these if you haven’t already.
I would love to hear if you are giving your kids probiotics.
Disclaimer: I was sent products from Bioflora to try out and review.