A healthy digestive tract is super important for all us. Those with Autism Spectrum Disorder, often struggle with that even more than those that are “neurotypical.” So when Kelly asked me if I wanted to try out Zahler’s Acidophilus supplement geared towards kids, (Kidophilus Plus) I was quick to say yes.
Liam has always suffered with gastrointestinal issues. He’s had to use a laxative supplement many times. Poor kid either can’t go, or can’t stop going. There’s never an in between. This is partly because of his food aversions and a very limited diet. The other part has been attributed to Autism.
You don’t need to be Autistic to benefit from the use of Acidophilus. Some people take it daily as part of their vitamin regimen. So what exactly does it do? Well, Acidophilus (Lactobacillus Acidophilus) put HEALTHY, or “friendly” bacteria back into your body. It helps recolonize the intestines improving your immune function. (I desperately need a better immune system! My hates me, and fails me way too often!) This is especially helpful after a course of antibiotics. When we take antibiotics, they not only kill off the “bad” bacteria, but they also knock out the “good” ones. The ones we actually need to stay healthy. So that’s where acidophilus comes in.
Another thing it does is halt the growth of disease-causing bacteria, such as salmonella, the flu virus, and shigella. (Shigella can cause dysentery.) Acidophilus will also clear up yeast infections, and aid in digestion. It will reduce flatulence, constipation, and bad breath as well! All thanks to adding healthy intestinal flora back into your body.
So why Kidophilus Plus? Well, as the name suggests, this supplement is geared to your children. It’s an easy to chew tablet, that actually tastes good! (We received Berry flavor chewables.) Liam has severe food aversions, and even he said, “It’s not too bad mama!” That’s a lot coming from him! I have taken some too. I wanted to taste them so I could let you all know what I thought. Also because I’m on almost constant antibiotics because of my nasty immune system and chronic sinus and ear infections. My thoughts? I think they taste pretty darn good! They’re sweet, but not too sweet. They don’t have sugar as a sweetener. It’s Stevia Leaf Extract, so that’s another bonus! The Plus in Kidophilus Plus is because it includes FOUR potent probiotic strains. (Lactobacillus Acidophilus, Lactobacillus Platarum, Bifidobacterium Bifidum, and Bifidobacterium Lactis. These added bacteria will aid in the reduction of allergies, and inflammation as well. Oh, and they’re Gluten free, Soy free, Dairy free, and Kosher too!
If you have a child that doesn’t care for chewable supplements, Zahler also makes their Kidophilus in a liquid too! They have five flavors of that! Cherry, blueberry, orange, lemon, and strawberry. Head on over to their website and see all the great supplements they have for kids and adults alike!