Probiotics for Kids

There are so many probiotic choices on the market, it truly makes my head spin. For your child, the first thing to consider is, can they swallow capsules or will they require a liquid probiotic?

DrOhirrasBoxDr. Ohhira’s is my current favorite capsule. Dr. Ohhira merged modern science with ancient Japanese fermentation artistry to create a product unlike any other probiotic supplement on the market. A three-year fermentation process at seasonal temperatures encourages survival of the strongest bacteria and makes the blend stable without refrigeration.

mercola_probiotics_packs_for_kidsMercola also makes their kid-friendly Probiotics Packs but, they contain stevia. (which we dislike the taste)

EM-X_BottleLiquid probiotics are an option if your child cannot swallow capsules. If you are comfortable with fermenting your own yogurt, then you are ready to ferment your own probiotics. A starter bottle of EM (Essential Microbes) can be purchased as SCD Essential Probiotics, and then used to culture large bottles of EM extended (also known as EM-X). Here’s some basic how-to make EM-X instructions. I make EM-X in my dehydrator at 95°F, and it’s ready in 3 days. I then store it in the refrigerator, and it stays good for a long time. Bonus: when you make your own probiotics this way, it is CHEAP!

If you’re curious, here is an article on The History of Probiotics.

Angela Taylor, MS, CNS, LDN is Board-Certified in Clinical Nutrition and is the author of The BrainFood Cookbook. She successfully recovered her son from autism using the SCD/GAPS/Paleo diet. She resides in Baltimore, MD and holds three degrees from John Hopkins University. Angela is a Licensed Clinical Nutritionist and works with clients via Skype and in-person in Baltimore. She also serves as Adjunct Faculty at Johns Hopkins University teaching Clinical Nutrition.

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