A healthy gut is key to overall health and we all know that heavy, sluggish feeling indicating our digestion is a little (or a lot!) out of balance. In fact, we’ve shared about ways to improve digestion in adults, so you can feel lighter and say adios to a gurgling, unhappy stomach once and for all.
Kids are just as susceptible to poor digestion and if you have children, you know how an upset tummy can ruin their whole day!
Of course, the tips for them will differ, because we highly doubt they’ll be keen to sip on some dandelion tea alongside their meal, or take part in some digestion-boosting yoga.
Read along for helpful ways to improve your little one’s gut health through optimizing digestion. We promise, it won’t be much of a challenge!
Give smaller portions
Some kids don’t know when to stop eating! Especially when they’re presented with a delicious treat (like cake), they’re likely to eat the whole thing. Try giving your child smaller portions at meal times, even if this means more meals throughout the day. This places less strain on their digestive system and leaves them with boundless energy to go and play!
Don’t give drinks with meals
If giving drinks with meals is currently a part of your meal routine, this may be a little tricky. Drinking water at least 30 minutes before their meals is best to avoid interfering with digestion.
Is your child craving for a drink alongside their meal? Consider a warm fruity tea (you can add some honey for sweetness), or if they’re picky, allow them a small drink of room temperature water. Did you know: Cold drinks halt digestion!
Provide healthy snacks over sugar
Even though we know kids love sugar, studies have showed that sugar reduces the good bacteria in the gut and contributes to hyperactivity, followed by sluggishness.
Make snack time fun by chopping up veggies or fruit, and allow the kiddos to dip them into some hummus or a nut butter. Get creative and try some healthy paleo kids treats!
Switch out cow’s milk for goat’s milk, or other dairy-free alternatives
The molecules in goat’s milk are smaller, and more readily received and digested than the large particles in cow’s milk.
Of course, dairy-free alternatives are also an excellent option, from oats milk to almond and cashew, the options are endless!
Increase fibre-rich fruits and veggies
You want your kids to have a healthy bowel movement at least once a day. Fibre-rich foods will help this process run smoothly! Increase your child’s intake of prunes, pears, mangoes, peas, broccoli and beans, as well as healthy grains and low-sugar, fortified cereals.
Hope these 5 tips help your kids in naturally improving their gut health! If your child is experiencing any tummy-related issues, consider our Digestion for Kids homeopathic remedy!
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