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......with Donna Gates
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Tuesday, September 29th, 2009:
Help Your Children Fight Cold and Flu with Probiotics, Important New Study Says
Our kids have headed back to the classroom, and that means crammed schedules, after-school activities, plenty of play dates, and lack of sleep.
Back to school also means that your kids – in elementary school through college – will be exposed to illnesses that can spread like wildfire through the lunchroom or university dorm.
Between heightened exposure and stressful schedules, their immunity can be compromised, leaving your kids more susceptible to sicknesses like the common cold and flu.
But don’t go stocking up on hand “sanitizers,” like Purell, that can include known toxins and kill the good bacteria you need to keep your immunity strong!
You can’t be around to protect your children every minute of the day, but you can help them boost their immunity in best way possible by including probiotics in their diet.
Probiotics are strains of friendly, beneficial bacteria and yeast, like Lactobacillus plantarum, that populate your gut and naturally boost your immunity.
In fact, a new study published in Pediatrics shows that a daily supplement of probiotics may reduce the incidence of cold and flu-like symptoms in children by 50 percent.1
A random group of children were given a daily combination of Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium, and it was linked to reductions in fever incidence by 73 per cent, a reduction in the occurrence of runny noses by 59 per cent, and drop in the incidence of coughing by 62 per cent, according to findings published in Pediatrics.
The authors also wrote that daily probiotics during the winter months (when we’re more prone to illness) was “a safe and effective way” to “reduce the incidence of antibiotic prescriptions (which kill good bacteria), and the number of missed school days attributable to illness.”
Probiotics obviously make a big difference!
But what’s really interesting is that the research proved that a combination of bacterial strains is most effective. It was the first study to indicate a trend toward more significant results with a combination versus single strain preparation.
And that’s exactly the methodology behind Body Ecology.
We’ve created a line of fermented food and drink Starters and probiotic liquids that effectively combine several strains of beneficial bacteria and beneficial yeast, so that you and your children reap the most health benefits.
What’s the best way to protect your children with probiotics?
A quick trip at your supermarket and health food store will tell you that plenty of mass-produced products like yogurt and supplements are filled with probiotics.
The good news is that doctors and food manufacturers alike are realizing the health benefits of probiotics…But did you know that these products aren’t always what they claim to be? The unfortunate truth is that too many probiotic supplements and probiotic foods vary widely in quality and potency. To learn more, read: Industry Often Cons the Public with “Probiotic Foods”: A Case Study.
In fact, researchers at Bastyr University in Washington recently tested a wide variety of probiotic supplements and found that in four out of twenty products no sign of living friendly bacteria was present.2
Instead, use fermented foods and drinks, like cultured vegetables or probiotic liquids. For kids, we recommend Passion Fruit Biotic a delicious, sweet-tasting beverage that’s easy to add into their busy schedules.
- It provides the digestive, energy and immune-boosting benefits of the most potent probiotics in a drink that taste delicious right out of the bottle.
- It’s gluten-free, dairy-free and soy-free.
- All the best probiotics you’ve come to depend on in Body Ecology’s food and drinks are in there: Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus delbreukii, Saccharomyces boulardii, and Saccharomyces cerevisiae. These probiotics are native to the human digestive tract AND they work in harmony with one another, making them extra-potent for human health.
- An excellent source of vitamin C, vitamin A and potassium, passion fruit has been used in traditional rainforest medicine as a heart tonic, digestive stimulant, a mild diuretic for the treatment of urinary tract infections, bronchitis, asthma and whooping cough.
- Replace your kids’ soda pop, energy drinks and sports drinks with Passion Fruit Biotic. It helps build better digestion, a healthy inner-ecosystem, stronger immunity and glowing skin.
Passion Fruit Biotic is a great way to start the morning. Keep it in your home or send it as part of a care package to children away at school.
Just sip two ounces or for a larger drink, mix two ounces into filtered water, and feel good knowing that you’re doing the very best to keep your kids healthy and happy.
[i] Pediatrics. 2009, Volume 124: e172-e179. “Probiotic Effects on Cold and Influenza-Like Symptom Incidence and Duration in Children” Authors: G.J. Leyer, S .Li, M.E. Mubasher, C. Reifer, A.C. Ouwehand: http://www.nutraingredients-usa.com/On-your-radar/Probiotics/Probiotics-may-reduce-cold-and-flu-symptoms-for-children
[ii] Condor, Bob, "Living Well: 'Friendly' probiotics have some cons, too," Seattle P-I, 18 Dec, 2006. http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/health/296142_condor18.html.
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