How can I build my child’s immune system for the new school year?

Dr. Nicole Couseneau
– Special to Wyandotte Warrior

Unfortunately, it’s time to think about sending the kids back to school.

Every fall when I send my kids back to school they are surrounded by sick kids. They usually get a cold or a stomach bug. The last couple of years, I started giving my kids probiotics in August before school starts.

What are probiotics?

Probiotics are live bacteria and yeast that are helpful bacteria that help keep your gut healthy. Having the correct bacteria in your gut has numerous health benefits, including improved digestion, enhanced immune function and even healthier skin.

Probiotics are supplements that are in some food like yogurt for example.  

You can purchase several types of probiotics. The most common types are Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium.  

Different types of probiotics can address different health conditions. Most probiotics contain a broad spectrum of bacteria which is like a multi-probiotic.

Probiotics are not a new invention.

In fact, they have been quite popular in the past years.

So popular in fact, that probiotics can be found almost anywhere. The problem with wide availability, is the compromising of quality. Not all probiotics are created equal. Also, with the addition of any new supplement, please consult with your physician.

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