Children’s health, diet and lifestyle has a powerful effect on their growth, strength and weight.
We know that children’s health depends on what we feed them and how well their digestive systems are functioning. A healthy digestive function ensures absorption of nutritious meals. Research also shows that exercise is a key element to keeping our kids healthy.
As a mother of 5 children Sunshine Coast Naturopath and Nutritionist Kerri Abbott understands the importance of children’s health. Unhealthy children can be very taxing for both Mum’s sanity and the family budget.
Keeping our kids as healthy and fit as we can during childhood sets them up to become healthy adults.
One of the best testing procedures to assess the health of your kids is the Cellwellbeing hair analysis which tests for the absorption of vitamins, minerals, proteins, fatty acids and antioxidants. This gives us a very good indication of which nutrients are either lacking in your child’s diet or which ones are not being absorbed. Therefore we can recommend foods that can fill the gap. Sometimes some work on gut health is required to improve digestive function and make the most of nutritious foods.
Kids gut microbiome is not always as diverse as it should be. This not only affects digestive function but also mental health and behavior. Did you know that we all establish our gut bacteria in the first three year of our lives.
Many things contribute to the diversity of our microbiome such as :
Mode of birth – natural or ceasarean
Breastfed or bottle fed
What foods were first introduced and at what age
Exposure to soils and microbes at an early age
Frequent use of anti-bacterial wipes
Problems that can be successfully treated with diet and lifestyle changes