Digestion

 
Our digestive tract is home to trillions of microbes.  In fact, it is estimated that we have between 100 – 400 trillion microbial residents helping us process food, regulate inflammation, support development and promote immune function.  Acccording to the National Institute of Health, the human microbiota are crucial to postnatal development.  The National Institute of Health (NIH) is currently undertaking the HUMAN MICROBIOME PROJECT (HMP) in an effort to sequence the microbes that inhabit our intestines.  The intestinal environment is called the microbiome.  The balance of this microbiome is crucial to postnatal development and dictates your child’s health.  We can predict if a child will be overweight as an adult based on the microbes found in the gut.  These probiotics or good bacteria are a very important part of supporting naturally healthy kids.

So, let’s get down to the details.  After the age of 2, your child should be having 2-3 bowel movements a day that look like a banana or sausage. 

Your child should be having #3 or #4 stool for the majority of bowel movements.  If not, they are experiencing constipation and/or diarrhea and the gut is trying to communicate that there is a problem.  Remember that your child’s digestive tract is the greatest supporter of immunity and development.  An impaired digestive tract not only creates discomfort but decreases your child’s health potential and puts them at greater risk for development eczema, allergies and asthma.