Back-to-School: Probiotics and Health

Back-to-School List: Pencils, Erasers, Backpack, Probiotics


Every parent knows that travel, school or daycare adds a slew of new colds and viruses to the family health soup. Whether your kids are little  or big and headed to college, probiotics can play a role in their health and well being.

Look no further for immune support than a probiotics supplement, like H2PRO™ with 4 probiotic strains and 7 billion CFUs.

A whopping 70% of our immune system is in our gut.  It really does take guts to fight off the bad guys!

Probiotics pack an immune punch for students starting school, so don’t forget to add them to your back-to-school list!

Probiotics Support the Immune System

Probiotics have been shown to prevent upper respiratory tract infections as well as shorten the duration of the common cold and flu – common reasons for sick days.  Additionally, studies have shown a significant decrease in the number of days with fever, clinical interventions, childcare absences and antibiotic prescriptions given to people on a probiotic regime [1].

Many studies have utilized Lactobicillus and Bifidobacterium species like the four unique strains in H2PRO™ probiotics powder.  Research published by the American Academy of Pediatrics suggests that six months of a daily probiotics regime is a safe and effective way to decrease cough duration, cough incidence, fever and antibiotic incidence for children 3 to 5 years old [3].

One study of undergraduate students found that daily administrations of Bifidobacterium bifidum decreased sick days in students during acute examination stress [4]. Additionally, some research indicates that probiotics like  H2PRO™ with multiple strains may have a synergistic effect resulting in more pronounced outcomes [3].

Probiotics Support the Digestive Tract

The January 2016 Issue of the Journal of Family Practice published guidelines on the use of probiotics for gastrointestinal illnesses like antibiotic associated diarrhea and acute infectious diarrhea [5]. Every parent dreads these kind of back-to-school bugs!

Probiotics have been shown to help with acute infectious or traveler’s diarrhea and have been shown to decrease the duration of the event by 25 hours as well as improving stool frequency in as little as 48 hours [5].

New Routine: Add Probiotics Daily

Almost all studies on probiotics utilize a dosage of 1 billion – 10 billion CFU (Colony Forming Units) when providing probiotics to subjects.  H2PRO™ has 7 billion CFUs, a perfect amount for a young adult or college student.  H2PRO™ founder, Alan Baumgarten MD,  has created a chart for using  H2PRO™ with kids that is easy to use.

In addition, probiotics are most effective when taken daily, so include them in your child’s lunch or send it with them to soccer practice to enjoy as they hydrate.

H2PRO™ is Formulated for Everyone™ for everyday use according to the following dosage chart:

  • Infants less than 1 year: 1/8 package
  • Children 1-3 years: ½ package
  • Children 3-12 years: ½ package
  • Adults and Children 12+: 1 package

H2PRO™ Tastes Great and is Easy to Use: No Pills! No Refrigeration!

H2PRO™ probiotics and vitamin powder is an easy way to incorporate a multi-strain Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium probiotic into your child’s routine.  It is tasty, has added vitamins and can be easily taken to school, while travelling or included in a college care package.

We have Lemonade, Acai Berry and Flavorless for your peanut’s picky palate. Mix-N-Match them when you subscribe to give the kids new choices on a daily basis!

Invest in your (big or little!) kid’s health when you add  H2PRO™ to  your back-to-school list and #LoveYourGuts!



1 Lenior-Wijnkoop, I., et al. (2007) Probiotic and Prebiotic Influence Beyond the Intestinal Tract. Nutrition Reviews, 65(11): 469-489

2 Yaqoob, Parveen. (2014) Ageing, Immunity and Influenza: a role for probiotics? Conference on Nutrition and Healthy Ageing, Symposium 4: Public health interventions to enhance healthy ageing. Proceedings of the Nutrition Society. 73: 309-317.

3 Leyer, G.J., et al. (2009) Probiotic Effects on Cold and Influenza-Like Symptom Incidence and Duration in Children. Pediatrics. 124(2): e172-179.
4 Langkamp-Henken, Bobbi et al. (2015)Bifidobacterium bifidum R0071 results in a greater proportion of healthy days and a lower percentage of academically stressed students reporting a day of cold/flu: a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled study. British Journal of Nutrition. 113 (3): 426-434.

5 Schneiderham, Jill et al. (2016) Targeting gut flora to treat and prevent disease. Journal of Family Practice. 65(1):33-38.

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