Saturday, August 14, 2010

Keep Our Children’s Digestive System Happy

Unhealthy digestive systems can create lots of health issues. And if it occurs at a young age, the problems will tend to drag till they are older when it would be more difficult to manage. How to we keep our children’s digestive system healthy?

As explained in the previous blog post, probiotics are microorganisms similar to those that naturally exist in the gut. Prebiotics essentially help facilitate the effect of probiotics.

Where can we get probiotics and prebiotics in our diet?


- Food as well as dietary supplements including yogurt, milk, miso, tempeh, and soy beverages.
- The largest group of probiotics are lactic acid bacteria found in yoghurt

Have a look at this blog post for home made yoghurt - its simple and quick.
Home Made Yoghurt

Prebiotics can be derived from plants or synthesized.

- soybeans, whole grains, onions, chicory root, bananas, garlic, leeks, artichokes and raw oats.

Probioitics is commonly combine with antibiotic use. Probiotics also can be used to treat diarrhea, irritable bowel, urinary tract infection, prevent and manage eczema in children

While probiotics are generally found to be safe, side effects are typically mild (for example, increased gas or bloating). As with probiotics, prebiotics can cause gas, bloating and increased frequency of bowel movements when consumed in large quantities (i.e. you may fart and poop more). Like everything else, practice balance and moderation.

As with any supplement, always check with your doctor and choose a well-known.

The next few recipes, I hope to have those with the above ingredients. In the meantime, if you have ideas, do share. Also, get your kids to learn about eating well and prepare meals with these items and dont forget to explain why.

Going as natural as possible is always the preferred approach!

Happy Cooking and Happy Teaching.

Guts: Our Digestive System

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