Can Probiotics Help Protect Your Toddler From Allergies?
Studies show that a probiotic supplement may help prevent allergy symptoms in young children. There are two factors that seem to be contributing to the escalation of allergies in young children. These range from seasonal allergies to possible food relat
Taking a probiotic supplement is one of the most important things you can do for your overall health. Here are 5 reasons to begin taking one today.
There are several factors that seem to contribute to the escalation of allergies in young children. These range from seasonal allergies to possible food related sensitivities.
One factor to consider is something that occurs before the child is even born: the imbalance of the mother's own intestinal flora. For optimal overall health there should be about 85% friendly flora to 15% unfriendly Unfortunately, most of us are nowhere near that ratio.
"The use of probiotic supplements, such as those sold by Savi Wellness Products, taken during pregnancy may be used to bring this ratio back into balance once again," says Vicky M. Ford, co-founder of Savi Wellness Products, a manufacturer of top grade Probiotics. "Consulting with your health care professional can help you decide the best course of action for you and your baby."
Since the environment within the womb is completely sterile, the newborn relies on the appropriate bacteria it encounters on its journey down the birth canal. This bacteria then begins to colonize both inside and on the outside of the body. Breastfeeding contributes to the growth of the beneficial bacteria, as well.
As children grow they are exposed to more bacteria, both good and bad, through play, interaction with others, and yes, even eating dirt. All of this helps to kick-start and strengthen the immune system, as well as teaching it what to attack and what not to attack.
Another major consideration may, at first glance, not seem to be a problem at all.
Is our society just too clean? Science is leaning towards a possible yes answer.
Because of our dedication to cleanliness, our bodies natural defense systems do not have the chance to activate properly. The bacteria in our environment has, for the most part, been wiped clean.
"Our obsession with wiping away every bit of bacteria in our environment may leave our lives so sterile it is affecting our bodies natural defenses," says Ford. "Science is discovering that our bodies need that very bacteria we are so enthusiastically eradicating."
"As nations have become more industrialized and developed," says Dr. Erick Forno, of Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. "they have also become cleaner and, therefore, has decreased and this has decreased infections."
Fewer childhood infections may sound like a good thing but something called the "hygiene hypothesis" may indicate that the cleaner environment may lead to an escalation of allergies and asthma.
Dr. Forno also says, "The theory is that such exposure in early life helped our immune system learn how to 'self-regulate' and reorganize what to fight and what not to."
Preliminary research shows that probiotics, taken during pregnancy and given to infants after birth, may be helpful in preventing or easing allergies in young children.
The people at Savi Wellness Products have made a commitment to educating the public about the importance of taking probiotics daily.
"We see probiotics as the cornerstone to overall health on every level," Ford says. "If the beneficial bacteria in your GI tract is not at the optimum level, it can have a detrimental effect on every system in your body. Now, with this new research concerning childhood allergies, we recognize that probiotics, taken when pregnant are going to benefit your baby, too. And that makes us very happy."
About Savi Wellness Products
At Savi Wellness Products we are dedicated to helping you to live your very best life. We understand that, in order to attain and maintain maximum health and overall well- being, an integrative approach is essential, supporting the body, mind and spirit. We believe probiotics are an important first step.
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