Good bacteria. You keep hearing about this term, but what exactly are good bacteria? Why are they good for the body, and where can you find them?
Getting to know bacteria: the good and the bad
First things first: Bacteria are one-celled, microscopic living organisms that can either be beneficial or detrimental to your health—in short, good or bad. Certain types of good and helpful bacteria, also known as probiotics, live in your gut. Here's one example: The probiotic Lactobacillus comfortis or L. comfortis has been found to reduce risk of diarrhea, colic, and stomachache in children.
Probiotics can stimulate immune cells in the stomach to produce antibodies that strengthen the body's resistance to infections. In fact, the gut produces around 80 percent of your body's antibody-producing cells, making it the largest immune organ in your body.
Healthy tummy, healthy body
Keeping the tummy healthy affects your overall health. Probiotics, those little heroes in your tummy, balance out the bad bacteria to help keep your body in good working condition. Probiotics can also help your body absorb nutrients from food well.
Including probiotics in your diet will work wonders not just for your digestive comfort but also for your body's overall defenses. You can easily get your dose of probiotics from everyday food items such as whole-grain bread, yogurt, cheese, and milk.
Little heroes for the little ones
Your growing kids especially need probiotics. With a strong gut, their bodies can absorb the nutrients that they get from food—nutrients that they need for their overall growth and development. One way to make sure their tummies stay strong and healthy is to give them NESTOKID FOUR, the only powdered milk with L. comfortis, a probiotic that's clinically proven to strengthen young tummies. NESTOKID FOUR also has DHA, vitamins, and minerals for the little ones' overall growth and brain development. Kung mas malakas ang tiyan, mas angat ang paglaki!
- Podolsky, D.K., et al, eds. Yamada's Textbook of Gastroenterology. 6th edition. Oxford, UK: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing; 2015.
- Thomas D.W., et al. Clinical Report—Probiotics and Prebiotics in Pediatrics. Pediatrics 2010; 126: 1217–1231.
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