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Interesting Study Links Probiotics With Helping Infant Gut Disorders And Colic

The study of probiotics and gut health continues to grow and become mainstream. You are starting to hear health care professionals and pharmacists mention probiotics for children, which was unheard of in the past. The result, less episodes of sickness, gas, colds, etc.

Rachael Rettner from LiveScience (01/13/2014):

Providing probiotics, or “good bacteria,” to healthy infants shortly after they’re born may reduce the development of gastrointestinal disorders and prolonged crying episodes later in life, a new study from Italy suggests.

In the study, newborns that received a daily dose of the probiotic Lactobacillus reuteri had fewer episodes of inconsolable crying (colic), constipation and regurgitation (reflux) at age three months compared to newborns given a placebo.

Use of probiotics also had benefits in terms of reducing health care expenses, such as money spent on emergency department visits, or money lost when parents took time off work. On average, families with infants that took probiotics saved about $119 per child, the researchers said.

Why Make Your Own Homemade Probiotics vs Taking A Supplement?

Nerd Organics top five reasons to make your own homemade probiotics vs taking a supplement:

  1. Making your own homemade probiotics is more cost effective.  The average high quality probiotic supplement costs $40-$50 for a month supply.  With the Nerd Organics homemade probiotics kit, you have the ability to create an unlimited supply of gut healing probiotic strains.
  2. The potency and effectiveness in one serving of the resulting probiotics from our homemade probiotics kit is equal to the potency of an entire bottle of probiotic supplements.
  3. Probiotic supplements are not FDA regulated.  There could be anything in the pills your taking and nobody would know otherwise.  Live cultures cannot survive for extended durations on a grocery store shelf.   With our homemade probiotics kit you can observe & taste the changes occurring on a daily basis.
  4. Through my own tests I have proved that most probiotic supplements cultures are dead.  Your paying for dead cultures.    I’ll create another post soon describing how you can test your probiotic supplements for live cultures.
  5. The gratification that comes with creating your own homemade gut healing cultures that will help with your family’s overall health.

Mercola.com (May 12, 2012):

Fermented foods not only give you a wider variety of beneficial bacteria, they also give you far more of them, so it’s a much more cost effective alternative. Here’s a case in point: It’s unusual to find a probiotic supplement containing more than 10 billion colony-forming units. But when my team actually tested fermented vegetables produced by probiotic starter cultures, they had 10 trillion colony-forming units of bacteria. Literally, one serving of vegetables was equal to an entire bottle of a high potency probiotic! So clearly, you’re far better off using fermented foods.

Heal Your Gut

Chris Kresser’s one of Nerd Organics favorites when it comes to knowledge on diet, nutrition, exercise, & paleo. He emphasizes the importance of gut bacteria and it’s relationship to overall health.

from Chris Kresser’s Health For the 21st Century:

We’ve only recently begun to understand the extent of the gut flora’s role in human health and disease. Among other things, the gut flora promotes normal gastrointestinal function, provides protection from infection, regulates metabolism and comprises more than 75% of our immune system. Dysregulated gut flora has been linked to diseases ranging from autism and depression to autoimmune conditions like Hashimoto’s, inflammatory bowel disease and type 1 diabetes.

Unfortunately, several features of the modern lifestyle directly contribute to unhealthy gut flora:

Antibiotics and other medications like birth control and NSAIDs
Diets high in refined carbohydrates, sugar and processed foods
Diets low in fermentable fibers
Dietary toxins like wheat and industrial seed oils that cause leaky gut
Chronic stress
Chronic infections