A healthy gut microbiome is just as important for a child's immune system as it is for adults because 70-80% of the immune cells are found in the gut. Intake of probiotics is therefore very important.
Our intestines are inhabited by billions of bacteria and microorganisms, which are essential for our health. These microorganisms have been in our bodies since we were born. Newborns are exposed to the first bacteria as they pass through the mother's birth canal. The initial encounter with bacteria triggers a chain of events within the child's gastrointestinal tract and it begins to produce healthy bacteria. These bacteria fight the bacteria that harm us. There must be a balance between "good" and "bad" bacteria. An imbalance (dysbiosis), often results in a decrease in immune function, indigestion, insufficient absorption of nutrients, autoimmune diseases, chronic fatigue or a decrease in energy.
After birth, the infant's gut is colonized by intestinal bacteria during vaginal delivery and through the mother's breast milk. If a baby is born by c-section, has to take antibiotics or receives infant formula, the baby's intestine is often not populated with the same amount of good bacteria and lacks bacterial diversity. This can lead to digestive problems in childhood, as well as problems such as allergies, eczema and a weakened immune system.
Suitable food and selection of probiotics
Children should not only combine different food supplements but above all try new foods containing probiotics, such as fermented foods - yoghurt, fermented vegetables, etc.
When it comes to choosing specific probiotics, give preference to probiotics containing Lactobacilli and Bifidobacteria strains, as these have proven to be the most effective.
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