This week I read about new insight in to why babies get sick frequently. They may actually be suppressing their immune systems, and not fighting off every little cold, in order to allow beneficial gut bacteria to grow.
So, this post is focused on "Probiotics." What's all the hype about anyway?
Historically, different cultures around the world have used fermented foods to their diet, full of probiotic critters, to help fight off "bad" bacteria. You can buy probiotics in capsule form, or munch on fermented foods! (may sound gnarly but is yummy and good for you ;)
Where can you find these beneficial critters?
Yogurt, Saurkraut, Kombucha, Miso, Kimchi and Kefir!
What can throw our gut probiotics out of whack? All sorts of things including antibiotics, spermicides, stress and birth control pills.
Here is another NPR article about colicky babies and probiotics.
Wishing you a Happy November and a very Happy Belly,