Tummy truths: a healthy gut supports your child’s immunity
Do you know that the way to your child’s health is through the gut?
Many parents can confirm that a happy tummy means a happy child. A healthy digestive system and smooth bowel movements can not only help to improve a child’s mood, but also benefit a strong immune system.
70% of the immune system is located in the gut (another term for gastrointestinal tract).1 The gut is home to immune cells and beneficial bacteria. They work in harmony to protect the gut lining, help digest food, assist in toxin clearance and shield from invading bacteria and viruses. When this teamwork is disturbed in children, we can see changes in a child’s ability to fight infections.
As a child’s immune system is compromised, the common cold and digestive problems, such as loss of appetite, cramping, nausea and diarrhea, will be frequent concerns.
Therefore, the gut of a child needs to be carefully taken care of to enjoy optimal immunity and growth development.
How to keep your child’s gut healthy?
One way is to include beneficial bacteria, such as HEXBIO® microbial cell preparation, in your child’s diet. Today, researchers believe digestive problems such as diarrhea and constipation in children may be caused by disrupted gut health. Emerging evidence have shown that microbial cell preparations may benefit not only adults but also infant and children. Formulations containing Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium strains have repeatedly shown to help in with such problems in children.2, 3
Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium are beneficial bacteria that already exist in a normal digestive system so are generally well tolerated by users. Keep in mind though, that the health benefits are strain-specific, and should be supported by high quality clinical studies.
HEXBIO® is a strain-specific Lacto-Bifido formulation that is supported by peer-reviewed, published clinical studies and has been shown to be effective to address gut symptoms and supporting immune function.4, 5, 6, 7
At B-Crobes, we take pride in the science-supported formulations we develop with our customers. HEXBIO® is a multi-strain MCP that offers many clinically-proven health benefits including digestive and immune utilization support. To learn more about HEXBIO®, visit: https://bcrobes.com/hexbio/
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