When it comes to parenting, one thing is for certain: there is a lot of information out there about pretty much every aspect of raising kids you could think of. Underneath it all, however, is one underlying truth: we all love our children more than anything and want to see them healthy, happy, and thriving. One of the most profound steps that we as parents can take to give our children a head start towards a lifetime of health is to focus on building the right balance of microflora within the gut - and the sooner we can start this process the better. We recommend focusing on probiotic rich cultured foods as well as a dose of Sunbiotics every single day, not just when illness strikes or when there has been antibiotics used, but rather as part of an everyday wellness strategy. The benefits go beyond just digestion! Here are our top 5....
1. Mood Regulation
Science has just recently really begun to uncover a correlation between behavior, moods, and what is going on within the microbiology of the gut. There even seems to be a correlation between the temperment of children, and the diversity of probiotic bacteria living within their digestive system. When it comes to mood regulation and balance, every parent with a toddler will surely be lining up to get on that train.
2. Digestive Regularity
Many children suffer from irregular bowel movements, often times caused by picky taste buds and the lack of fruits, veggies, and fiber that can result. A daily dose of probiotics helps encourage daily bowel movements, which is critical for both overall health and proper detoxifcation, but also general comfort and even appetite levels.
3. Less Food Allergies
Probiotics are actually anti-allergenic - meaning they combat allergic reactions. Probiotics play a critical role in the complete breakdown of food particles, the lack of which can cause or worsen syndromes such a "leaky gut" and also food allergies. They also improve the function of the mucosal lining of the intestines, and help regulate the body's immune response, all of which means great things for allergy sufferers.
4. Less Tummy Aches
Symptoms of food allergies, incomplete or impaired digestion, or irregular bowel movements are not just minor inconveniences, they can really impact quality of life, especially when you're a young child. Think of that daily dose of probiotics like a preventative for future tummy aches.
5. Stronger Immunity
Probiotics not only hinder the growth of pathogenic bacteria that can make a child sick, they are also responsible for stimulating the production of immune enhancing compounds. As children adapt to the diverse microbiology around them, the more we can do to boost their body's defense system the better. We can't prevent every sniffle but we can definitely lessen the severity and timeline of symptoms through building up the immune system with probiotics.
Smoothies are one of the best ways to ensure you're child is getting a diverse amount of nutrition. You can easily sneak a dose of probiotics, greens, and superfood powders into a sweetly flavored, fruit-based smoothie without your youngster even batting an eye. Use this recipe as a guideline, but play with the ratios until you find something that they love!
Just4Kids Bountiful Berry Superfood Smoothie
Serves 1 toddler
1/3 cup frozen berries
1 small or 1/2 large frozen banana
6-8 oz plant based milk of choice
1 small handful of baby spinach
1 Tbs Dastony stone ground almond butter
1 tsp hemp or chia seeds
1/4 tsp Just4Kids Bountiful Berry (or JustKids Banana flavor)
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
Optional: 1 tsp raw honey or maple syrup for additional sweetness. Making it sweet will increase the likelihood your little one will drink and enjoy it.
Additional superfood boosters (optional):
*Green powders (blends such as Veggimins Amazing Algae, or grass powders, moringa, etc.)
*Plant based protein powder (we recommend Sprout Living)
*Antioxidant boosters (maqui, camu camu, or acai berry powder)
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