Tummy Buddies children’s probiotics powder is made up of a specific combination of live yeast and bacteria strains, taken to balance the organisms in the body to improve and maintain children’s health.

Maintaining The Correct Balance of Healthy Gut Flora

Probiotics are usually administered as a health supplement to increase the levels of friendly, natural bacteria in the gut. There needs to be the correct balance of bacteria in our digestive system for it to work effectively. When our gut flora is healthy, our immune system is also strengthened and better able to fight off illnesses. The definition of probiotics is “live micro-organisms which, when administered in adequate amounts, confer a health benefit on the host.”

Common Health Benefits of Children’s Probiotics

There has been a lot of research about the health benefits of probiotics to maintain and improve the immune system, and in addition, newer studies are underway involving the link between probiotics and improvement or prevention of several medical conditions such as eczema, antibiotic associated diarrhoea (AAD) and oral thrush. Additionally, probiotics are already extensively endorsed as a safe supplement to encourage the correct balance of natural bacteria in our bodies and to benefit the gut.

What is Good Bacteria & Why Is It Important?

The terms ‘good bacteria’ and ‘bad bacteria’ are often used in reference to our digestive system, but what do they actually mean? The label good bacteria, is given to the different strains of micro-organisms which live in our body and fight against infection. When we talk about bad bacteria we are referring to the invasive kind that can cause infection. It is usual and safe for the body to host some bad bacteria – exposure to a small amount is healthy and allows the good bacteria to fulfil its role in recognising and preventing it from multiplying enough to cause illness. Our body is also able to become immune from certain strains of bad bacteria following exposure, which is why healthy adults have less frequent illnesses than babies and children. Over time, the body builds some immunity against bad bacteria and the good bacteria is also better able to fight the invasive type.
When we become ill, it is because the bad bacteria have been able to invade our immune system and is either too strong or has multiplied too quickly for the good bacteria to overcome it. The body often needs help in replenishing the good bacteria that support illness prevention and keep us healthy.
The balance of existing micro-organisms is very delicate and can be disturbed by many factors in addition to illness, including stress and the use of antibiotics. This is why many people experience an upset stomach when feeling anxious or under pressure; or suffer side effects from a course of medication, such as diarrhoea.

Beneficial Strains of Probiotics For Children

It is widely agreed that boosting our good bacteria is to be encouraged in order to prevent ourselves becoming more susceptible to infection, and to help regulate our gastrointestinal tract following a disturbance.
Probiotics contain different strains of good bacteria, each of which have a function in maintaining a healthy digestive – and consequently – immune system.

Tummy Buddies contains the following seven strains of essential bacteria:
Click on each link below to see how each strain works and its specific benefit for children.
Lactobacillus casei
Lactobacillus rhamnosus
Streptococcus thermophilus
Bifidobacterium breve
Lactobacillus acidophilus
Bifidobacterium infantis (child specific)
• Lactobacillus bulgaricus
Prebiotic FOS (Fructooligosaccharide)

Foods Containing Probiotics & Prebiotics

The following foods contain probiotics so can also help to promote better intestinal health.

• Yoghurts with live and active cultures
• Kefir
• Dark Chocolate
• Miso Soup
• Pickles
• Tempeh
• Kimchi
• Sauerkraut
• Microalgae

Other foods, such as onion, garlic and chicory, contain prebiotics, which can be described as a type of food for probiotics. Prebiotics encourage the growth of good bacteria within the colon, helping to quickly re-balance a child’s intestinal flora. However foods with prebiotics do have to be eaten in large quantities to be effective, so Tummy Buddies have included a prebiotic in their ingredients which compliments and supports the work of the probiotic in maintaining a healthy digestive system.

Probiotics Designed To Benefit Your Child’s Health

Despite the health benefits of including probiotics in your child’s diet, it is of course of paramount importance to feel happy and assured of its safety for babies and children’s delicate digestive systems. Some probiotics are suitable for adults only, but Tummy Buddies has been formulated especially for children from birth to 12 years old, as a completely safe supplement to their diets. The seven strains of probiotic have been carefully selected to include everything your child needs to increase their friendly bacteria and achieve a healthy gut. They are simple and quick to administer, in a pre-measured powder which can be added to cold food, drink or baby formula.
Tummy Buddies probiotic supplement is completely free from wheat, gluten, lactose, added sugar, additives, artificial colourings or yeast. Tummy Buddies contains traces of soya and also traces of milk at a level that would not affect lactose intolerance sufferers. A full list of Tummy Buddies ingredients can be found here.

Article References

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Probiotic
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http://www.patient.co.uk/doctor/probiotics-and-prebiotics
http://www.livestrong.com/article/374487-side-effects-of-probiotics-on-children/
http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/probiotic-foods/
http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/probiotics/Pages/Introduction.aspx