Lactobacillus Rhamnosus GG: Benefits and Uses

Lactobacillus Rhamnosus GG: Benefits and Uses

In the age of a pandemic, when we hear the word “bacteria,” our ears perk up, we rush to get out the antibacterial wipes, and our hands may start itching to be washed. But as we learned in our younger school years, there are types of good bacteria that help protect our body by warding off troublesome lurkers that may be present. 

Good bacteria in your body can help to create vitamins. Vitamin K is produced by bacteria that live in our gut. We need vitamin K for blood clotting, and producing healthy blood tissue. Other vitamins like biotin (strengthen hair and nails), folate (red blood cell formation), and riboflavin (helps turn food into energy) are also produced with the help of good bacteria. 

You may have heard the words “gut health” and how our digestive tract can be helpful in maintaining our well being. Not only is this system key in digesting food and delivering nutrients to our bodies, but can help ward off harmful bacteria or viruses that may enter our system. Within our gut, we have friendly bacteria that help maintain our digestive health.

Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG (LGG) is a type of friendly bacteria, called a probiotic, that exists naturally in our body. LGG is located in our intestinal tract. LGG is also a widely used probiotic strain to aid in digestive support through the use of supplements.

LGG has been widely studied and is also added to popular dairy products that aid in supporting digestive health. 

What Do Probiotics Do? 

Probiotics are live bacteria that are beneficial to the body. Probiotics also refer to supplements that can aid in digestive support. When taking probiotic supplements, the main reason is to ensure that there is a healthy amount of good bacteria in the body. 

Those with digestive troubles may also find the benefits of taking probiotics. Probiotics have been found to be helpful in temporary relief from digestive upsets. If the gut has become unbalanced, perhaps due to sickness or taking medications like antibiotics, taking probiotics can be beneficial in bringing back the balance of good bacteria. 

Probiotic supplements come in a variety of forms. From pills to powders you can mix into your drink or soft foods, probiotics can be easily consumed and part of a way to proactively maintain your gut health. 

What Are the Potential Benefits of Taking Lactobacillus Rhamnosus GG? 

Have you ever tried sleeping with an upset stomach? It isn’t the most pleasant experience and trying to fall asleep while curled in a ball can be just downright uncomfortable. If your toddler is experiencing tummy troubles before bed, then everyone will be uncomfortable as your toddler will likely be cranky and fussy – with good reason! If your toddler’s tummy troubles can become a thing of the past, then a good night’s sleep can be on the horizon for all. 

Digestive Support 

Taking probiotic supplements that contain LGG can be beneficial in digestive support. It is helpful in easing those uncomfortable digestive troubles that most of us have experienced that may make bedtime rough. Of course with our toddlers, they may not quite have the vocabulary to describe how they are feeling. Instead of using words, they may be cranky and irritable. 

When you and your toddler’s digestive health is supported, tummy troubles can become a thing of the past and you and your little one can get comfy and cozy in bed. 

LGG is also safe for ages one year and up, so your toddler can reap the benefits of LGG and you can be proactive in helping to calm and settle the occasional digestive upset. If you are looking for a probiotic for your little one, Little Yawn Collective has you covered in that department. Encourage restful zzz’s with our Calming Probiotic & Organic Chamomile Sleep Drops. Containing LGG, your little one can be relieved of fussiness stemming from tummy troubles. This helps encourage relaxation and a restful night's sleep. 

Chamomile is also known for its gentle relaxation properties. Our probiotic is also melatonin-free, sugar-free, and non-habit forming. You can give your toddler up to nine drops daily before sleep time, or you can mix the drops into your child’s drink. 

What Foods Contain Lactobacillus Rhamnosus GG? 

While you can take probiotic supplements, certain foods also contain probiotics. Think fermented foods when looking to consume probiotics through your diet. 

When looking for foods that are probiotic-rich, keep your eyes peeled for the words “live and active cultures” on the labeling. You’ll want to see what exact types of probiotics are present so you can ensure that LGG is included in the lineup. 

Yogurt 

Yogurt is a popular food item that many consume for its probiotic benefits. Of course, to even make yogurt, good bacteria is added to start the fermenting process from liquid to a thicker consistency.

Yogurt does have certain FDA standards to meet before officially being considered “yogurt.” The cultures that help yogurt meet these specifications are S. thermophilus and L. bulgaricus. 

These cultures get the yogurt fermentation process started. LGG is often added to yogurts to enrich its health benefits, but is not necessary for milk to become yogurt. Be sure to check the labels carefully to ensure that it contains LGG if consuming for probiotic benefits.

Yogurts that feature a “Live & Active Cultures'' seal from the National Yogurt Association have been verified to contain at least 100 million cultures per gram of yogurt. Look for this seal to ensure that it has been fermented and contains those helpful bacteria. Yogurt that has the “Live & Active Cultures'' seal may still not contain LGG, so make sure you are checking the labels carefully.

Some tips to pick out a good yogurt are to focus on the ingredients. Look for brands with no added sugars and high protein. Some like to add sweet treats to yogurt to make it into more of a dessert, but if you are looking to consume yogurt for its health benefits, it is wise to steer clear of additional sugar. Fruit is a fantastic addition to yogurt. Strawberries and blueberries are favorites to mix in for added flavor. 

Sauerkraut, Kefir, & Cheese

Other fermented foods like sauerkraut, kefir, and cheese contain lactic acid and other antioxidants that can be beneficial to overall health. Also, those who experience lactose intolerance can safely enjoy fermented dairy products as the dairy lactose that can cause the intolerance is broken down during the fermentation process.

Although these foods may be enjoyed due to their tangy taste and possible health benefits, LGG is usually not added to them. 

Comfy Bedtimes

When it comes to our toddler’s, being proactive to prevent our little one from feeling ill can make life easier for everyone in the household. Bouncing back from an illness may be a piece of cake for your energy filled toddler, but you may take longer to recover from your toddler’s sickness as you are likely worn out from a lack of sleep and providing some TLC to your buddy. 

Little Yawn Collective is here to make bedtime a breeze, and help you be proactive in calming  occasional digestive upsets your little one may experience with our Calming Probiotic & Organic Chamomile Sleep Drops.

We also offer other melatonin-free sleep products that fit perfectly within your child’s bedtime routine. Our Snooze Bundle gets your baby relaxed and ready for bed, and our Natural Snooze fragrance infused into each one of the Snooze Bundle products helps to create an environment that helps your baby fall asleep easier and stay asleep longer. Our products are created to fit seamlessly into your consistent bedtime routine. A consistent routine is key in helping your toddler feel relaxed and ready for bed. 

The Bottom Line 

When it comes to sleeping, we don’t want tummy troubles to get in the way of relaxing and preventing us and our little one from drifting off into dreamland. 

Using probiotics is a great way to be proactive in managing your gut health and overall wellness. Your friends at Little Yawn Collective have you covered to help your little one relax and enjoy bedtime.

Here at Little Yawn Collective, we’re here to help make bedtime a breeze!


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Towards a better understanding of Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG | NCBI

Your complete guide to choosing a yogurt to meet your needs | Harvard Health

What Is Lacto-Fermentation, and Does It Have Health Benefits? | Healthline

Probiotics: What is it, Benefits, Side Effects, Food & Types | Cleveland Clinic

Contributions of Intestinal Bacteria to Nutrition and Metabolism in the Critically Ill | NCBI 

Should you take probiotics? | Harvard Health

New research sheds light on how popular probiotic benefits the gut | ScienceDaily

Perfecting Your Child's Bedtime Routine | Sleep Foundation

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