The health community has been buzzing about the importance of probiotics for a while, and new studies confirming the health benefits of this good bacteria seem to make the news every week. Millions of adults pop a probiotic pill daily to do everything from keep their digestive system on track to ward off liver cancer.
But what about kids? Do they need a supplement, too? For Julie Smolyansky, the CEO of Lifeway Foods, it’s a resounding yes. Smolyansky released a probiotic for kids, ProBugs, in 2014 based on the scientific findings that started emerging — and continue to emerge. We talk to her about the benefits of probiotics for kids and why their diets might not be enough.
Gives a weak immune system a boost
It’s no shocker that kids get sick all the time, and Smolyansky tells us that an unfortunate side effect of taking antibiotics is that they kill off the good bacteria in the gut, too.
“Probiotics can help counter that, but also, it helps give them a stronger immune system so they don’t get sick [as much] in the first place,” she tells us. “New research is showing how important it is to build an immune system early on in life. Baby formulas have actually started including probiotics,” she says, adding that it’s naturally in breastmilk.