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Kids and Probiotics

By Malia Curran, August 25, 2012  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Malia Curran

Here’s a tidbit that will impress: Do you know that roughly 70% of your immune system is housed in your digestive tract? Okay, maybe that won’t impress everyone, but it sure impressed me. See, now that I am a parent, my health-seeking goals focus on my kids. I try not to obsess about germs, nutrition and naps too much, but let’s be honest; a sick kid is no fun for anyone. Especially in a sleep-deprived household.

Which brings me to probiotics. Meaning “for life,” probiotics, such as L. acidophilus and Bifidobacterium, aide our bodies in maintaining healthy levels of beneficial bacteria in the gut and intestines. These good bacteria are indispensable for young (and old) immune systems, good digestion and proper nutrient absorption.

Probiotics can be found in dietary supplements and certain types of foods. There is general consensus to aim for about 10 billion colony-forming units daily for benefits. So, while foods such as sauerkraut, yogurt, kefir, miso, tempeh, kimchi and some juices and soy beverages contain this friendly bacteria and are certainly healthy -- it might be difficult to eat enough to reach therapeutic levels.

This is why you might also consider a quality probiotic supplement. Look for a supplement with a high amount of live active cultures and a delivery system that ensures proper absorption. Probiotic supplements are available in tablets, capsules and powder form, which is especially easy to add to smoothies or baby food! There are also chewable probiotic supplements available for children and young adults.

Need another science-minded fun fact to impress and/or gross out the kids? Try this one: Humans have over 5,000 square feet of intestinal lining. That’s about ¼ of a football field!

That’s a lot of gut to care for so I encourage you to find out more about high-quality probiotics. Ask your health practitioner and consider getting more of them into your household’s wellness routine.

For more on supporting your kids’ health pick up a Be Good to Your Whole Body pocket guide in the Whole Body Department of your local store or visit the Whole Body section of our website.

How do you get your probiotics? 


Category: Whole Body




Pamela Wells says ...
do the L. acidophilus probiotics for kids come in chewables or gummies?
04/11/2013 8:31:31 PM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@PAMELA - Our products vary between locations. I would encourage you to reach out to your local store to see what they have in stock.
04/15/2013 3:32:58 PM CDT
Adriana fernandez says ...
Can you pls tell me what brands you carry for infants because my doctor said only to buy them here but i am in laredo,tx and we dont have a whole foods??
05/24/2013 9:26:26 PM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@ADRIANA - We have a store in Austin that will ship Whole Body items for you. You can call the Concierge desk at 512-542-2243 to work out the payment/shipping details and they can get you in touch with the Whole Body department to pick out the items your doctor recommended.
06/03/2013 10:28:13 AM CDT
Kalyan Ghosh says ...
Please help me with list of good quality animal-based omega-3 fats and high-quality probiotics for child of 4 years
09/27/2013 5:26:26 AM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@KAYLAN - Since our products vary between stores, I would suggest reaching out to your local store to see what they would recommend based on the products they carry.
09/27/2013 1:25:12 PM CDT
Lauren Temkin says ...
I get my probiotics from living probiotics in food I made myself, food that I know wasn't pasteurized and considered "live" when powdered freeze dried probiotics were added back in.
04/11/2014 8:40:38 AM CDT
Heather says ...
Do you carry Acidophilus Milk at any of your locations? Thanks!
05/19/2014 4:45:09 PM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@HEATHER - Most of our stores should have something like this in stock but our exact options can differ. Check with your local store directly to see what they have in stock!
05/20/2014 12:00:48 PM CDT
Tatiana says ...
Do any of your products for adults have Bifidobacterium? I'm looking for a good probiotic for an adult...
11/12/2014 9:48:23 PM CST
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@TATIANA - Our exact probiotic options will differ between stores. Check with your local store directly to see what they have in stock.
11/13/2014 3:28:00 PM CST
Lynn says ...
Can you tell me if you have an organic probiotic for infants (6 months). Something that i can mix in her bottle with breast milk. We are in the Pittsburgh area.
01/21/2015 8:57:45 AM CST
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@LYNN - Our exact products differ between stores. Check with your local store to see exactly what they have in stock. Always make sure to check with your healthcare provider before adding anything new to your child's diet.
01/21/2015 2:55:31 PM CST
Georgann says ...
I am looking for raspberry probiotics for babies
01/23/2015 7:01:26 PM CST
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@GEORGANN - Our exact products differ between stores. Check with your local store directly to see what they have in stock.
01/27/2015 12:27:54 PM CST