We know that probiotics are good for our health, but how do they help infants? Researchers found that Lactobacillus reuteri, when given to infants before 6 weeks of age, reduced Colic in infants.
Findings suggest that early pain and inflimation lead to long-term intestinal distress later in life, including IBS, GI upset, and constipation. We know that when focili in the digestive tract is not developed optimally early on, nutrients and vitamins do not get absorbed properly, leading to many behaivoral issues later on.
Infants exposed to Lactobacillus rhamnosus through dietary supplements from 35 weeks’ gestation through 2 years of age had a significantly lower risk for eczema and rhinoconjunctivitis. The protective effect lasted until the children were at least 4 years of age, according to a study published online in Clinical and Experimental Allergy.
Mothers who are under stress during pregnancy reduce the the quantity of good bacteria in the GI tract. Current research supports probioitcs in helping to heal many aliments by supporting this good bacteria in the GI tract. Whether it be a mother, infant, or teenager, the lack of this good bacteria decreases our ability to break down our foods and feed our organs – especially our brain! Healing the gut can have a direct impact on behaviors, mood, and sensitivities.
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Emily Roberts MA, LPC is the clinical therapist for the Neurogistics Children’s Program. She has worked with Neurogistics for over a decade. Emily is also an award-winning author of Express Yourself: A Teen Girls Guide to Speaking Up and Becoming Who You Are, Psychotherapist, TV & Media Contributor, educational speaker and parenting consultant. Express Yourself is available at bookstores nationwide and on Amazon. To learn more about Emily click here.
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