Gastrointestinal function is not only intended for breaking down food well, it is also essential for nutrient absorption, immunity, detoxification and hormone secretion. We can also enhance our overall health by taking care of our digestive system. Healthy foods for our children is essential for growth, intelligence and immunity, so as to maximize learning and development.
- Our children’s food must include five servings of fruit and vegetables daily (banana, apple, small plate of salads), distributed throughout the day.
- Fruits and vegetables juices are preferred, filtered or mineralized water, herbal teas and live yogurt.
- Avoid soft drinks, sweetened and canned juices
- Yogurt is a great source of Probiotics, which have active yeast helping digestion through several ways. It improves bowel movement and has a protective role against diarrhea, constipation, bad breath, or lactose intolerance. Probiotics have an effective role in protein fragmentation to facilitate digestion.
- Fiber-rich whole grains such as whole wheat products such as whole grain bread – brown rice – oatmeal, which is a healthy food for children – Barley bakery. Because starches is an ingredient of many foods, it is important to avoid fiber-free carbohydrates such as white flour and its products as most of them are harmful to the health of your child and also to avoid constipation.
- Meat, chicken, salmon, sardines and tuna, as well as legumes such as beans, lentils, white beans, cowpea and soybeans.
- Taking cold-pressed vegetable oils is essential for your body, such as olive oil and flaxseed oil.
Herbal and Dietary Supplements:
- Chamomile, fennel, coriander, anise and their oils: act as a tonic for colic, relieve tension and contractions, and have anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties. Chamomile and fennel are suitable for babies.
- Barley bran: A safe fiber source for children to correct digestion.
- Add honey to the feeding schedule of children in the case of an infection in the stomach as it has a disinfectant and laxative effect and in the case of continuous diarrhea (added in dry solutions as an alternative to the nutritional value of glucose). The best use of honey in feeding children is the amount of two teaspoons of it to each (200 – 250 cm 3) of food (milk) where the amount is increased by half a teaspoon in constipation, and less than half a teaspoon in diarrhea, in general, children must be given a spoon of honey one hour before eating and two to three hours after eating each day.
The instructions and recommendations mentioned in this diet are general guidelines and do not take into account differences between individuals. Any health condition should be treated by a specialist and we advise you to consult your doctor before taking any product that may affect your health.