why i give my babies probiotics

10 mths

These two girls are a handful of fun and love. Seeing them happy and healthy is comforting and gives me so much peace. Sick babies are no fun whatsoever!

And, we’ve had nonstop sick/sick-ish/something funky going on for about two months and at our last appt, Lo was prescribed an antibiotic. While I planned to run the ingredients of the Plexus brand probiotic, ProBio5, by their pedi anyway, I immediately pushed for them to start it immediately because of the damage antibiotics due to our gut; my goal was and is to always make sure my girls are as healthy as possible. Due to what I know about the important of gut health, in order for them to be as healthy as possible, they need to be healthy on the inside.

The chatter surrounding gut health and probiotics has only gotten louder as the connections between gut health + overall health & wellness is becoming more and more clear…. and, we’re finally doing something about it.

You’re probably wondering why a 10 month old needs a probiotic in the first place. Generally, babies and young children are being diagnosed with asthma, food/season allergies… our kids are sick and not feeling well. However, instead of getting to the root of the issues (the gut where 80% of our heath begins), we like to put bandaids over  huge issues that require daily medication, at times multiple times a day. Steroids, medication, environment, and how our food is grown & processed causes our gut to be compromised.

What are the causes of a compromised gut?
A compromised gut, or Leaky Gut, is caused by the impermeable lining of intestines becoming permeable. Due to how our food is grown/harvested/processed, the environment, medications, etc, this lining becomes porous and can no longer keep toxins and waste undigested food particles, & toxins from leaking into our blood stream. When this happens, our body goes into protective mode and basically begins to fight itself. Also, we are all born with a certain amount of yeast and bacteria in our colons and the only reasons doctors can determine the purpose to be is to help decompose our bodies when we die. But, with an overgrowth of this yeast (Candida) and bad bacteria, we will begin to see our health begin to slowly decline.

What are the symptoms of leaky gut?
When our body begins to attempt to protect itself, the reverse actually ends up happening… and, we become sick. A few tale tell signs of a leaky gut are skin inflammation (eczema, psoriasis), food & seasonal allergies, depression/anxiety, insomnia, headaches/migraines, infertility, and a plethora of other seemingly non-related issues. The beauty behind being proactive about reestablishing a healthy gut environment, many of the symptoms we deal with can be reduced and we can possibly even get off of daily medication we take without a second thought to what it does to our intestines and health. Again, the healthier your gut is, the healthier you will be.

It was important for me to put the girls on a probiotic after being prescribed an antibiotic because the fact of the matter is,  that babies can have pretty messy side effects while taking it. Antibiotics wipe out all of the bacteria – both good and bad – from our systems in an effort to get rid of the virus or infection. I planned on putting them on anyway, but this was an excellent motivator to do it now.

Why a Plexus probiotic vs an OTC probioic?
Our probiotic has an anti fungal and digestive enzymes that help break down yeast.

If you’re really into the science behind it..

Yeast and fungal organisms are comprised of proteins, chitin, and cellulose structures. Proteins are broken down by protease enzymes, and cellulose is broken down by cellulase. The chitin structure can only be processed in the presence of the chitinase (chitosinase) enzyme. The enzyme profile in ProBio5, which is micro encapsulated, is designed to process away the protein-based outer layer of yeast and fungal organisms. This then exposes the interior of these organisms to the cellulose of the chitosinase in the ProBio5. Enzymes are efficient and effective in the destruction of yeast and fungi.

ProBio5 Friendly Flora, in addition to enzymes, ProBio5 contains very beneficial “friendly bacteria” that assists in supporting the body’s need for a balance of probiotics (micro flora) in the digestive tract. This “friendly bacteria” is delivered in a micro-encapsulation system to ensure that they reach their intended destination in the digestive tract to help rebuild the damage done by the yeast and fungi overgrowth.

So we basically kick the bad stuff’s butt and invite the good stuff to play.
We’re buddies. Not bullies.

Without sufficient probiotics, your body’s nutrient absorption is impaired; this can result in producing an environment that is supportive of yeasts and fungi growth. 10 mths2

So while my babies don’t have eczema or psoriasis right now, while they haven’t been diagnosed with an AutoImmune disease yet. They don’t have joint pain or irritability or headaches/migraines, depression/anxiety or lethargy or sugar/food cravings yet… no endo/PCOS or infertility yet; one definitely suffers from digestive issues and that needs to be cleared up. I’d like for them to experience life without all of that junk. And, it’s absolutely possible.

There are so many things that we put ourselves through that aren’t necessary. So many things that have become so much like second nature that we believe it should be a part of our lives and we are wrong. Dead wrong. It takes a boldness, a bravery, and a desire for something different to step up to do something different, but there is peace on the other side. There are benefits and the beauty of God’s grace on the other side.

We have to be willing & courageous enough to say a whispered, voice quivering “yes” to hard things, to believe enough is enough and want more in order to step out of our comfort zones and see what’s on the other side of that bravery. God is there. His grace is sufficient to carry us though the fear of obedience.

God is always there.
He’s omnipresent like that.

The Lord goes before us, yet he’s with us. So, it’s kinda like a double portion of grace upon grace….. He goes before us doing Jesus like things of preparing people to receive us, preparing doors to be opens, or closed. Making ready what he’s preparing us for today….. And, whatever else he does that we don’t see until we’re an hour, a week, three months, or years down the line. And, others we won’t know until we reach Heaven. He’s with us providing us comfort, strength, his peace (praise hands!), and a for sure place to rest.

While all that’s a lot less about Plexus and a whole lot about life, one thing I know about decision making that applies to both… living a miserable no out of comfort is a whole lot worse than living a timid yes. Because as the end of the day, a timid yes has options. A timid yes is ready for possibility.

A timid yes screams inner strength and self confidence that says “I can do it”
and “I’m choosing the less beaten path because there’s something in me that’s yearing for more”.
And, not out of haste, poor preparation, spite or even frustration.

But, of the recognition that it’s time for something a lot better than this.

How you handle your this is dependent upon the size of your why.
My “why” for starting Plexus & becoming an ambassador was the fact that I wanted
(read: needed)  to
live and look well.
(quite literally & figuratively)
So, I jumped.
And, gained much more than what I started for.

Are you ready?

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  1. Hi there! This post isn’t recent but wondering if you can tell me how much you gave your babies? My daughter is 6 weeks old Wed and I’d like to start opening a ProBio5 to give her but don’t know how much. Thanks!

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