KNOW­ING YOUR GUT

Young Parents (Singapore) - - BABY TALK -

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.

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