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  • Elenor MacGregor

Pros & Cons of Probiotic Supplements



🌱 Embracing Probiotic Safety: Nurturing Your Child's Gut Health with Confidence! 🌱

Hey there, caring parents!

When it comes to our little ones, safety is always a top priority. That's why I want to talk to you about the safety of probiotics—the friendly bacteria that promote a healthy gut. You might be wondering, "Are probiotics safe for my child?" Well the answer is complicated and not a one size fits all thing.

So, let's navigate the world of probiotics together! I'm here to provide you with friendly, evidence-based information, answer your questions, and help you make informed decisions for your child's gut health. Together, we'll create a safe and nurturing environment for their well-being. Below is an update on Probiotic Safety: Update on Probiotic Safety 👇


Most people assume that if something is “natural” then it’s safe.


I recommend a lot of natural products and supplements to my clients—but only with specific intention and caution because here’s the thing:


Even natural products can be dangerous if:


X Taken by the wrong person

X Taken for the wrong reason

X Mixed with medications that interact

X Contaminated with potential toxins


To give you an example, The International Scientific Association for Probiotics and Prebiotics (ISAPP) just released an update on probiotic safety, saying:


✅ Probiotics should be used with extra caution in newborns, pregnancy, short-bowel syndrome, and people who are immunocompromised.

✅ Probiotic supplements should be tested for purity, potency, and potential contaminants.


I believe that if a natural product has the potential to do good (as in—to actually improve a person’s health) then it also has the potential to do harm. We can’t have one without the other!


One thing I do to keep my clients safe is to recommend products that meet the highest quality standards, such as using the most effective ingredients and third-party testing for purity.


Let’s respect natural products for the powerful therapeutics they are.


Here's to a happy, healthy gut, Dr. Ellie


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Reference

Merenstein D, Pot B, Leyer G, et al. Emerging issues in probiotic safety: 2023 perspectives. Gut Microbes. 2023;15(1):2185034. [link]

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