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So. This weekend, Smalls and I went rounds about his food choices. I try to keep healthy foods in the house and send him a lunch, but when I was emptying his backpack I discovered some not so great (IMHO) trades that he had made with classmates.
Foods that we have found to cause issues with his attention span and even give him tummy trouble. Because I’m a “mean mom” I immediately threw the offending trades out.
(Did I mention that I’m mean?)
He was upset (what kid wouldn’t be?), but by the evening I think he got it because he was doubled over on the sofa with a stomach ache. After talking to him about how our tummies are actually part of our immune system (did you know that more than 80% of your immune system is in your digestive tract?!), we decided that he needed to make better food choices going forward.
There was literally nothing I could do to help him right that moment, but I knew that his daily probiotic would help to flush the bad stuff.
See, when the kids are sick, we don’t get to enjoy the beautiful weather, or play at the park, or go to the zoo. We have to stay home. It’s no fun for anyone. And since we’ve been learning more about how our bodies work, Smalls has become a huge advocate for taking his daily supplements (ProKids and a multivitamin-and you can get it too, just #followyourgut to Target. You can learn more about Hyperbiotics at www.hyperbiotics.com).
Why Kids Need a Probiotic
Today’s kids don’t run nearly as much as they should, and they certainly aren’t eating a perfect diet (even my kids get goldfish, y’all). To help combat this issue, I make sure that my kids take a daily probiotic. At least, Smalls does. The Baby will start when he turns 4.
As parents, we’re always looking for ways to reduce missed school days and keep our kids healthy. One of the best ways to do this is to maintain a healthy gut (and healthy gut bacteria). Probiotics include beneficial bacteria that help promote a healthy gut biome.
As if that weren’t enough, if your kids have healthy gut bacteria, they’re likely to have the energy to run, jump, play, and just be kids.
With a quality probiotic, your kids will have an easier time paying attention when you tell them to do their chores or when a teacher is instructing them.
A high potency probiotic will also help produce B vitamins, which are synthesized in the gut.
And, when you make them part of your morning routine, it makes life so much easier. Smalls knows that taking his vitamins and his ProKids is just another part of his morning routine, and he’ll actually let me know if I forget (winning!).
We’ve tried a lot of different probiotics. Both me and the boys. I keep coming back to Hyperbiotics because they use a patented manufacturing process called LiveBac® that enables them to guarantee the viability of their formulas for 18 months after the date of manufacture with zero refrigeration.
My kids hate swallowing pills. Thankfully, ProKids is super tiny (and it’s orange flavored). Smalls doesn’t complain about taking it because if it touches his tongue it tastes good, and he can swallow it without problems.
Plus, the time-release formula means that the probiotics are going to survive harsh stomach acid and get where they need to go. Seriously. Hyperbiotics (including ProKids) formulas could survive past stomach acids…they use a time released delivery called BIO-tract that slowly releases over an 8-to-10-hour period.
They are vegetarian, non-GMO, and free of lactose, gluten, and sugar. There is also no soy, iron, nuts, artificial flavors, artificial colors, or preservatives. This is super important if you have food sensitivities or have children who do.
Basically, your kid’s digestive system matters. Having an upset tummy or an inability to fight the ick isn’t good. A quality probiotic will change that. You won’t have to miss out on soccer games, playing at the park, or pool parties this summer when everyone stays healthy.
These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Probiotics support many facets of overall health when taken regularly as part of a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle.