Did you know? Nutrition affects not only your child’s physical health, but the quality of life as your child grows up. When your child lacks the proper nutrition, there is a risk of developing malnutrition in childhood which may pose a long term negative effect on their health in future. Therefore, you’ll need to get your child started on the journey of growth with the right nutrition through the right eating habits.
Getting the proper nutrition starts with a healthy gastrointestinal system. An unhealthy gut can disrupt your child’s digestion and absorption of nutrients, in turn affecting your child’s growth and development. That’s why it’s important to ensure your child’s gut remains healthy.
One way of supporting your child’s gut health is with probiotics. Probiotics are good bacteria that are beneficial for the body. Consumption of probiotics can help balance intestinal microflora by encouraging the growth of beneficial bacteria while suppressing the growth of harmful bacteria. Probiotics can also help support your child’s immune system. The gut is the largest immune organ and 80% of the antibody producing cells are located in the gut. A strong population of good bacteria such as Bifidobacterium sp. and L. reuteri probiotics allow for a healthy gut and protection against infections caused by harmful bacteria.
Moms, now that you know the importance of your child’s gut health, be sure to keep your child healthy with probiotic rich foods. You can serve up some delicious yogurt, or probiotic supplemented milk that your child is sure to enjoy. Start your child’s journey of growing up with the right nutrients for a happy tummy.
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