Monday, July 30, 2012

Beating the Back-To-School Bugs

Preparing to send children back to school in the fall is hard work. But while parents are buying notebooks, signing up for sports and planning carpools, one back-to-school necessity doesn’t always make it on the to-do-list: their child’s health.

The first few weeks of school are a crucial time to get oriented to new classes and a new environment, and missing important rules and instructions can have an impact that reverberates throughout the year. This makes it important for parents to do what they can to keep their kids healthy in preparation for that inevitable germy classroom.

However, our cultural compulsion for cleanliness—constant application of hand-sterilizing gels and liberal prescription of antibiotics—may be depleting our children’s bodies of good bacteria which may keep them from building a strong immune system.

Recent articles in Scientific American and Pediatrics have approached this issue; they noted that children who grow up in households with pets are ill less frequently than those who do not, and the recent sevenfold increase in autoimmune diseases may be partly because of the disappearance of certain bacteria.
But even in an antiseptic world there are ways to restore good bacteria and promote a healthy immune system. 70% of the human immune system is located in the gut, and maintaining a healthy population and balance of good bacteria is an important part of overall health. Probiotics such as Culturelle®, can help play a vital role in promoting kids’ immunity and overall wellness.*

We were sent samples of this product to try out.  My oldest daughter has a very sensitive stomach & digestive issues - after taking this daily for a couple of weeks, her issues seemed to be much more manageable - it's been a much more pleasant summer without having to worry about everything she eats!

 *This statement has not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. 

Disclosure: Pink Lemonade received samples of this product for review purposes - no other compensation was received.

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