KNOWING YOUR GUT
While we often associate nutrition with a balanced diet, we tend to neglect the importance of the gut and its functions. The gut is the generic term for the gastrointestinal tract – the passage through the mouth, oesophagus, stomach, small and large intestines and anus. Its purpose is digestion – breaking down food and eliminating waste through stools. It also supports brain and body development as it facilitates absorption of key nutrients such as docosahexaenoic acid (also known as DHA), vitamins and minerals. The gut plays an important role in our body’s system of natural defences – 70 to 80 per cent of immune cells are located along the gut wall
It is essential to ensure that your baby builds a healthy gut during his early years for total well-being with the help of a good digestive system, brain and physical development, and stronger natural defences.
HOW TO TELL IF BABY HAS A HEALTHY GUT
• Regular bowel movements with soft stools.
• Lower risk of infections. • Good bacteria profile in his gut. This means a higher proportion of good bacteria relative to bad bacteria.