“Probiotics are literally life-saving for humans and the best way to make sure your baby gets these essential bacteria is to prepare at home.”
Probiotics have been linked with many health benefits like treating gastrointestinal issues, reducing, preventing and managing dental cavities, reversing ear infections. However it’s a commonly known fact that they are also quite important in the infant diet as they help in proper digestion of food. So when you’re preparing meals for your little one make sure you include some probiotic rich foods!
Be prepared with this handy list of 5 foods that have high amounts of probiotic content.
This is the best place to start with your little one’s diet because it is proven to be one of the most effective foods for consuming probiotics. Some yogurt brands even come with added health benefits such as added vitamins, minerals and enzymes. Lactobacilli Strains like Lactobacillus Acidophilus are the ones predominantly found in yogurt and are quite beneficial for your baby’s digestion even in small amounts. It has been linked with reducing gas, colic, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and infant diarrhea.
It has been revealed that probiotics have a lasting effect on good digestion which might help ease your baby’s digestive system later on in life.
- Bifidobacterium Fermentum
Another strain found in yogurt is Bifidobacterium Fermentum. This strain is known for boosting the immune system, assisting in immune function, boosting the production of mucus and changing the intestinal flora to a digestive friendly one. It’s been recommended for babies with septic as it has been linked to improving immunity, preventing colds and protecting against diarrhea and pneumonia.
This might be an acquired taste for some but it is another great source of probiotics. They are basically fermented milk and they have been found to be high in calcium and vitamin B2. Several tests done by researchers have proven kombucha’s effectiveness in boosting immunity, preventing tooth decay and balancing the intestinal flora. It has also been linked with treating colds, coughs, sore throats, fever etc.
This might be a little difficult to find but it is a good source of probiotics. Sourdough helps the growth of “good” bacteria that are essential for digestion. The long process of fermentation makes the sourdough full of probiotic strains and Red Star Yeast is a brand that has an extended shelf life so you can store it without fearing spoiling.
This also falls under fermented food and is originally from Korea (although it has been picked up by many other countries as well). It is popular in East Asian cuisine although people from all over the world are fond of its great taste.
Now that you know the importance of adding probiotic packed foods to your diet and that such foods are easily available, you can now use this information to start raising your baby in a healthy manner. You can also consider the organic formula or baby probiotics to get the necessary probiotics. Your baby might not be able to tell you how much he enjoys his meal but you can be assured that he is benefitting greatly from these health promoting foods.