It's simple: good gut bugs are GREAT. Belly boost is an easy way for kids to get billions of good guys to support a healthy and balanced gut flora. Healthy gut flora is essential for a strong immune system, proper digestion, and dealing with toxins. Tummy troubles? Belly boost helps support bowel regularity while improving digestion and absorption. Free of gluten, corn, artificial colors, or artificial flavors.
The gastrointestinal (GI) tract is a well-balanced environment where 300 different strains of bacteria compete for space and nutrients. This natural flora balance can be upset by various factors including medications (such as antibiotics, etc.), consumption of chlorinated water or eating too many processed foods. One of the key benefits of probiotics is their ability to increase populations of healthy bacteria in the face of microflora imbalance. In addition, extensive research has identified other broad health benefits, including supporting healthy bowel function, increasing the production of important short chain fatty acids that provide energy to the GI lining, boosting immune function, aiding in the digestion of difficult to break down compounds like lactose and casein, and increasing detoxification of harmful compounds.
Because probiotics are living organisms, there are various challenges associated with their manufacturing and distribution. For a probiotic to be effective, it must be shelf-stable through the expiration date and precisely delivered to the GI tract where it can have maximum benefit. Belly Boost uses a technology in which microorganisms are first protected and sealed, then freeze dried away from moisture, heat, light and oxygen. The bacteria lie dormant in “hibernation” into a state of “hibernation,” until exposed to moisture in the GI tract.
Belly Boost is a probiotic formula for children, designed to deliver live bacteria that promote healthy gut flora, protect intestinal integrity and boost immune function. The formula includes three strains of Lactobacillus and three strains of Bifidobacteria, as well as Streptococcus thermophilus and Saccharomyces boulardii, an extensively researched microorganism shown to help restore microflora balance by enhancing “resident” probiotics. The strains of probiotic bacteria in Belly Boost have been strategically selected based on research which supports their survivability and adherence to the intestinal tract. FloraBoost comes in a powder form for easy administration to children.
Add one scoop (1.7 g) to a glass of water or the beverage of your choice, stir and drink, or as recommended by your health care professional
Lactobacillus acidophilus is beneficial bacteria found in the GI tract and in the mouth. It ferments various carbohydrates and produces lactic acid, a short chain fatty acid that increases the absorption and bioavailability of minerals including calcium, copper, magnesium and manganese.
Lactobacillus paracasei has been shown to protect against the harmful effects of bacteria such as Staphylococcus aureus. Lactobacillus paracasei colonizes the intestinal tract, reinforces defense mechanisms by supporting T-helper cell (white blood cell) production, and secretes the antibody SIgA. Together with L. acidophilus, L. paracasei has been shown to reduce duration of occasional diarrhea in children with long term loose and watery stools.
Bifidobacterium bifidum is a normal resident of healthy infant GI tracts and usually colonizes within 4 days of life. It has been shown to effectively compete with harmful bacteria, such as E. coli, Staphylococcus aureus and Campylobacter jejuni.
Lactobacillus rhamnosus has been used in the prevention and treatment of occasional diarrhea in children. Lactobacillus rhamnosus has also been found to be beneficial in the expelling of parasites and it has also been shown to promote GI health by increasing intestinal cell replication.
A study of 55 infants (5-24 months given either a formula with B. bifidium and S. thermophilus or non-supplemented formula for a course of 17 months) found that those receiving the probiotic formula had less occurrences of loose and watery stools (7% vs. 31%). A second study of 80 breast-fed children, 6-24 months old, with occasional diarrhea for fewer than four days, found those given either a yogurt with S. thermophilus and L. bulgaricus had shorter hospital stays, better weight gain and reduced loose stool frequency.
Saccharomyces boulardii is probiotic yeast that was first isolated from the skin of the tropical fruits lychee and mangosteen in 1923 by French scientist Henri Boulard, following the observation that mangosteen consumption controlled occasional diarrhea in natives of Southeast Asia.S. boulardii plays a role in supporting immune defense by increasing levels of a crucial antibody, secretory IgA, creating a first line of defense that helps bind and clear harmful bacteria.
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