New South Wales
It’s the start of a new term, and with classes and a structured schedule often comes tired kids. At times like this, it’s really important to keep their immune system ticking over as best as possible to keep them robust and reduce their risk of sickness, writes Karina Savage.
It’s easy to underestimate how much our children’s gut health and immunity influences their lives. The human gut is an incredible organism hosting more than 400 species of microbes that play such an important role in keeping us healthy. Research tells us that our child’s gut health will influence their mood, their energy levels and very importantly their immune health.
Here are a few pointers to nourish their insides and keep them healthy and full of energy.
Plants naturally contain fantastic blend of fibres, which nourish the gut cells and promote the growth of good bugs (probiotics) amongst other benefits. You really can’t underestimate the importance of this.
Sometimes antibiotics are unavoidable and just have to be given. If this is the case, give your children probiotics at the same time. This will help to combat the negative effect that antibiotics can have on the gut and help to prevent antibiotic-associated diarrhea.
Products labelled as “probiotic” are available in many different forms (capsules, powders, yogurts, dairy drinks etc). Unlike drugs (which are rigorously tested), only some Probiotics are tested regularly to ensure that they actually contain what the manufacturers say they do.
Karina loves chatting about gut health and tricky little tummies. She consults weekly from The Mosman Practice (393 Military Rd) and The Children’s Specialist Centre in Randwick, or contact her on [email protected]