We as responsible parents are well aware of the positive and negative impacts of diet consumed by the child on his or her heart, brain and bone health. But what we fail to understand is that what the child eats can also impact his colon health. Additionally, the colon is an important part of the digestive system, and numerous diverse conditions can cause it to work unsuitable. "As responsible parents, it is essential to maintain the gut health of your child. Gut health is not only linked to the digestive system of the body but has a lot to do with numerous aspects of health. Parents should ensure that their children consume high fibre foods like fruits and vegetables. Also, a rich diet full of grains, nuts, and legumes can be a good source of nourishment" says, Nutritionist Neha Dhingra, Founder of Healthy Nspirations.
Some of these comprise of inflammatory bowel ailments, such as
- ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease
- diverticular disease
- irritable bowel syndrome
- and in extreme cases even colorectal cancer
There is a very simple formula for building a healthy digestive system
Consumption of fibre, fluids, and exercise. If a child is missing out on one or more of those things, they are perhaps going to run into some of the other health glitches.
Allow your kids to get their dose of exercise done at the playground or either while playing at home. Either way, they require some sort of physical activity to keep their body healthy and content, and also to encourage beneficial bacteria in their bodies. When kids workout, endorphins are released and this facilitates in releasing anxiety, which also leads to enhanced gut health. If you permit them to exercise outdoors during the early sunrise hours, they will also be able to absorb the vital vitamin D, which is necessary for their bones, calcium levels as well as to uphold skin and hair health.
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Get good bacteria into your kids
This nothing but means consuming foods like yoghurt. Lately, there are ample of products that have been popping up promoting good bacteria – for example, kefir. This helps in smooth gut functioning.
Ensure your child is drinking plenty of fluids at suitable times
Parents must ensure their child remains well-hydrated all through the day. Adequate amounts of liquids like water and natural juices will have a very good impact on your child’s bowels. Make sure your children drink plenty of fluids and consume a sufficient amount of water. For fussy kids, parents can use creative methods and fun activities to help them consume these foods and save them from health glitches. Include a regular physical activity a part of their schedule.
The child must be fed with high-fibre foods
You must have many-a-times heard the famous age-old prover, ‘An apple a day keeps the doctor away’, this is not just something people say to make their kids consume more apples it is a true statement particularly when it comes to refining gut health. Being a rich source of fibre, foods like apples, berries, beans and cereals which are rich in fibre lends a helping hand in keeping the child’s gut healthy and happy.
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