Probiotics- Reduce Diarrhea, Allergies, Asthma, and Eczema

Probiotics reduce diarrhea, and when taken prenatal and during the first 6 months of life,  will also reduce asthma, eczema, and allergies.

Probiotics are the natural good bacteria that we can take either as a supplement or as a normal part of fermented, natural yogurt or Kefir.  While MD’s for decades questioned the value of probiotics, this extensive review should satisfy even the harshest critics of probiotics.  When the right strains are used, probiotics have an excellent safety profile, and are not pathogenic (disease causing). Typically we focus on using key strains of lactobacillus and bifidus.  

Read about this recent study here: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=swanser+baby+study+probiotics

A large review shows significant benefits to the use of probiotics when your child has diarrhea. Sixty-three studies met the inclusion criteria with a total of 8014 participants. Of these, 56 trials recruited infants and young children. The use of probiotics reduced the duration of the illness by over a day, and the severity was also reduced in most studies. 

Personal communication from a researcher in the Swansen baby study done by Seroyal (soon to be published) has shown that giving the right strains of probiotics in the last trimester of pregnancy, and to infants from birth reduces allergies , eczema, and asthma by 57%.  This will be a huge contribution to the general health practices.  There are things we should do while pregnant, like avoiding smoking, alcohol, aspartame, pesticides, and fish, to name a few.  There are few things we should do now, like taking your prenatal vitamin, extra vitamin D up to 5000 IU a day total, take extra omega-3 fish oil, iodine (if not in your prenatal) and now I would add taking a good probiotic that has just the bifidus and lactobacillus strains.  (Seroyal Natogen is the one tested in the Swansen Baby study- 1/4  teaspoon (one scoop daily for the mom) and give to your newborn by dipping your finger into the bottle of probiotic three times and then inserting it into your newborns mouth. 

 

Dr. Paul

 

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