why gut health is so important
We absorb nutrients from food via the gut
In natural medicine, there is a saying, "It's not what you eat, but what you can absorb." Feeding kids healthy foods are only part of the equation; the gut must be healthy and well functioning to absorb all the nutrients the body needs. This is essential since many of the foods kids like are not necessarily nutrient-dense, to begin with.
We eliminate waste through the gut
A healthy gut eliminates waste from the body regularly through the bowels. If elimination is not optimal, we reabsorb toxins back into the body. If your child struggles with constipation, this can lead to health problems.
70-80% of the immune system is in the gut
Hippocrates said, "All disease begins in the gut." 70-80% of the immune system resides in the gut. When gut health is compromised, kids tend to get sick more often and have a hard time bouncing back.
The gut affects our mental wellbeing
Studies show neurological function and mental wellness is influenced by the gut microbiome. In other words, we need healthy gut bacteria if we want to think clearly, feel happy and experience optimal mental wellbeing.
things that harm the gut
signs of gut imbalance