From the moment we are born and exposed to the outside world our gut bacteria begin to grow. Our surroundings, the food we eat and the bacteria we are exposed to all play a role in our unique gut development. So building up good bacteria is something we can do from a very young age. And the younger we start the more likely we are to reap the health benefits.
So, here are 5 ways to help build good bacteria in your children:
1. Let them get dirty!
Allowing children to get muddy, touch animals and be exposed to different bacteria in the outside world will strengthen their immune systems.
2. Take a good probiotic!
Just like us our children benefit from taking a good daily probiotic. This helps populate the gut with good bacteria and keep the bad bacteria away.Always remember, antibiotics strip the gut of good bacteria so this is especially vital if your child has recently been taking antibiotics.
Our good bacteria love fibrous foods. Now this can be a problem if your child is a fussy eater and isn’t a fan of eating greens! But don’t panic, lots of fruits such as bananas, apples, raspberries and mango all contain fibre too. So why not whizz up a smoothie instead?
4. Eat fermented foods!
Fermented foods include yogurt, milk kefir, water kefir, kombucha, sauerkraut,pickles and kimchi. And our gut microbes love to eat them. Try adding some yogurt or milk kefir to a fruit smoothie and this will disguise any unknown flavours and ensure the kids are getting what they need.
5. Avoid over sanitising!
Antibacterial soaps and santisers tend to do what they say on the label - they kill bacteria. And whilst sometimes this is a good thing, it’s only good in moderation. Where possible try and limit the use of anti-bacterial soaps and cleansers around the house.