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Child's Gut Health

The bacteria in your child’s gut plays an important role in keeping them healthy, both mentally and physically. We absorb almost all of our nutrients through the gut. As a result, children get the most nutrition out of the food they’re consuming when they have a healthy gut. The key nutrients absorbed in the gut are Iron, proteins, carbohydrates and fats. These nutrients are crucial for growing bodies. The gut removes waste from the body. This is important to help support liver function. So, to keep your child’s bowel movements regular and prevent uncomfortable constipation. The gut is home to 70% of the body’s immune system. It is also the main entry point for bugs to get into the body. Therefore, if your child’s gut is not a strong barrier they will be more likely to pick up nasty bugs. This can lead to illness. Research suggests that a poor balance of bacteria in the gut during early childhood can increase risk of gut-related allergies like asthma and eczema.

  1. What are the signs of an unhealthy gut?
    • Bloating, gas, constipation, diarrhea, abdominal cramps, GERD
    • Eczema, rashes
    • Food intolerance
    • Anxiety
  2. How can I improve my child's gut health?
    • Feed healthy food
    • Feed them good Bacteria
      • What is good bacteria? 
        Live and active cultures (another word for good bacteria), such as those found in many yogurts, may reduce the frequency of illness in children, particularly pesky gastrointestinal infections. - avoid unnecessary antibiotics
      • What do you mean unnecessary antibiotics?
        Because they kill bacteria indiscriminately, they get rid of the good parts of your microbiome along with the bad. And that loss can have a broader impact on your child’s long-term health than you might realiz.
      • Play in the garden or snuggle with pets
        Why??? - Both activities are easy ways for your child to encounter good bacteria while avoiding the ones that can make him sick. Our dog actually serves as an ideal conduit between the bacteria-laden dirt in our yard and our children
  3. How do I know if my child has leaky gut?
    • There are few symptoms to indentify leaky gut such as digestive system upset such as bloating, tummy pain, irregular bowel movements, constipation and diarrhoea, food intolerances, food sensitivities or food allergies. Those kids with Asthma and weakened immune system including recurrent colds and ear infections are aslo prone to this. Other than that, skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, nappy rash, hives should be considered.
  4. What is the best diet for gut health?
    • A diet high in fiber can helps to promote better gut health.
      • Reduce high-sugar, and high-fat foods
      • Example? More frutis, eggs, grains and less sugary foods like chocolate, sweets, ice cream

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