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Importance of GI Health in Kids

BY ELIZABETH TANYA JIRAH LEE A. DOMINGO

 

In today's era, children are exposed to fast food; canned and processed goods that are full of sugar, trans fat, and preservatives; and ingredients that are hard to pronounce.

These foods are missing nutrients that we can only find in all natural 'whole' foods. What we consider healthy now on the supermarket shelves are the ones that have 'sugar free', ‘gluten free’ or ‘zero fat’ written on the package, although they aren’t necessarily so. The sugar content and additives added to these foods can cause gastrointestinal (GI) upset and increase the stress level to our body.

Hey Mom discusses why we need to stay away from packaged foods and go back to the basics. It's time for your little eaters to taste the real goodness of food from Mother Earth and nourish their bodies with all natural nutrients to care for their GI health.

 

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WHY IS GI HEALTH IMPORTANT?

The function of the GI tract is digestion and absorption of nutrients. It turns food into something useful to the body. A healthy GI tract means that we can get it to function at its optimum level of digesting foods and absorbing nutrients, which increase brain function, boost the immune system, and increase energy levels.

 

The digestive tract acts as a first line of defense for possible pathogens that your child might ingest. Having abundant good bacteria or healthy flora protect the body from external harm and help the body produce certain nutrients and enzymes that are vital to the immune system.

 

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WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF AN UNHEALTHY GI TRACT?

-       Diarrhea or increase in normal bowel movements

-       Constipation or hard stools that are difficult to pass

-       Pain caused by bloating or complaints of sore tummy

-       Flatulence, nausea and vomiting

 

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HOW CAN IT AFFECT MY CHILD?

Due to the symptoms, an unhealthy GI tract can cause fatigue, anxiety, food intolerance, allergies, eczema, poor immune system, and lack of concentration in school that can lead to learning difficulties for your child.

 

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WHAT CAUSES A POOR GI HEALTH?

If your child consumes a lot of processed foods with high sugar levels, and an abundant number of junk and processed foods that contain trans-fat and preservatives, then you know what the culprit is. Poor diet and some medications such as antibiotics and paracetamol greatly affect the normal flora of the digestive system and causes an upset stomach as well.

 

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HOW CAN I IMPROVE MY CHILD'S OVER-ALL DIGESTIVE HEALTH?

Eat a balanced diet. Provide a wide variety of whole, unprocessed foods such as vegetables, fruits, meat, whole grains, and nuts.

Serve something interesting. Bring colorful, exciting, and appetizing recipes to the table such as homemade spaghetti with meatballs incorporated with carrot bits and tomatoes served with freshly squeezed orange juice and a slice of seasoned fruit for dessert. A colorful meal brings joy to the tummy.

Read between the lines. Learn to read labels and ingredients on the packaging. Marketing strategies of companies lure us by adding words such as 'fat free', 'anti oxidants', 'natural extracts', and 'zero sugar', but remember, if it's processed, it still contains preservatives.

Control liquids. Remove excess sugar coming from sodas and artificial drinks from your kids diet and opt for water, fresh fruit juices, and fresh fruit shakes and smoothies with no added sugar instead.

Healthy snacks. Avoid food that contains refined sugar or high amounts of sodium. Choose the healthy option by making cheese sandwiches, serving whole grain cereals, nuts, home maid carrot bars, veggie cupcakes, and homemade fruit snacks (sliced fruits, dehydrated fruit chips, etc.)

 

 

Boost their GI health. For optimum Gut Health, providing supplementary aid such as giving GI Pro Tec ™ to your little one is an advantage.

GI Pro Tec 1+ ™ is composed of Lactobacillus Rhamnosus, a probiotic that is widely studied and best for toddlers 1 year and above. It helps manage and shorten diarrhea, maintains the gut’s normal flora, and provides overall GI Health balance, thus improving the immune system.

GI Pro Tec 7+ ™ contains probiotics and fiber and that is excellent for children 4 years old and up. It enhances proper digestion and supports in the treatment of irregular bowel movements or constipation.

These are conveniently available in individual aluminum packets, affordable, natural, and best of all, tasteless! GI Pro Tec™ can be easily be consumed by your child by simply mixing it with food and drinks.

 

 

Remember that optimum health of your child starts with the gut. Planning and consuming healthy natural meals can bring wonders to your child's performance and daily activities. A little creativity with food and the right supplement will greatly benefit your child's digestive health and wellness.

 

Good news! You can purchase GI Pro Tec™ for 30% off in our Hey Mom online store!

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