Max is my 2.5 year old son. He is the most amazing, beautiful, funny, and totally-drive-mum-insane little boy ever.
And what I choose to feed him is of upmost importance to me.
I believe that what we eat has a direct affect on how we experience the world. I believe this because of my own experience, as well as my studies in functional nutrition and the chemistry of food within the body.
Now, if we were sitting in a room together – you and me – I would lean in close, and make sure I had your full attention before saying this :
There is a bucket load of information on the internet, and in the bookshops, on nutrition. Nutrition is not a black and white science. It is a rabbit hole. But the information is out there and it is accessible to everyone. Everyone will have a different spin on it, depending on their knowledge and their personal experience.
So what you are reading here is the summation of my experience and my knowledge. It is where I am at right now, and I can assure you that I feel very confident in the way I provide Max, my baby, with the nutrition that he needs.
Your child is YOUR child. You and your child may have different needs, different views, and different situations. So please, take what you want from what I offer, and leave behind anything that does not feel right to you.
So, in saying all of that, there is one thing that I think EVERYONE these days can benefit from. You AND your child. Let’s bring our focus to our gorgeous guts 🙂 Just like us, the health of our child’s gut is directly related to the health of their entire physical being. We need a functioning and healthy gut in order to absorb the nutrients we need, and make sure that the stuff we DON’T want in our blood stream is nicely eliminated through the bowels.
How Do We Maintain a Healthy Gut?
A critical piece of this equation is probiotics. The friendly bacteria. The good guys. Did you know that we have 10 times more microbial cells in us than human cells ? So, really, we are more “other” than “self”. Interesting, right ?
Did you also know that your baby picked up his/her initial gut bacteria from YOU whilst passing through your birth canal. Before your baby was born, s/he has no gut bacteria at all. They are completely sterile in there. It is only through the birth process that the baby is treated to this rush of bacteria that will serve their health for the rest of their lives.
If your baby was born via C-Section (as my Max was), then this would not have happened. Instead, they would have picked up their first lot of bacteria from the hospital itself. Whilst this is not ideal, it’s not the end of the world and we can take steps to build up a good thriving community in their beautiful little bodies.
I mentioned that “these days” everyone would benefit from this. I say this because we are living in an age where our gut bacteria is seriously compromised. Processed foods, antibiotics, vaccinations, sanitising EVERYTHING, prescription drugs … the list goes on. All of these things destroy the harmony of our gut bacteria. Which destroys the state of our health.
So how do we get those friendly little critters IN the gut?
1. Probiotic supplements
2. Fermented foods
As of yet, Max is not exactly partial to fermented foods, so I simply use a powdered probiotic and stir it in his breakfast every morning. It’s one of the most simplest, and yet most powerful things I can do to boost his gut health.
If you are still breastfeeding, then make sure you are taking some probiotics, as they will pass on through your milk to your baby. Nature is THAT amazing.
Oh, and there is another way to help build up your child’s bacteria:
3. Let them play outside
There are a million reasons why you should let them get dirt under their fingernails and sand between their toes, but the reason on topic right now is that exposure to the bacteria out there will help their immune systems, as well as their digestive systems. In fact all of their systems, since we know the human body is a holistic entity, not a series of parts.
So, enjoy creating a bustling community in your child’s body. I promise you it is one of the best things you can do for their health.