YOUR CHILD'S AMAZING TUMMY AND ITS 3 HERO MISSIONS

Your child's gut does much more than just takes care of digestion and absorption of nutrients - it helps in his total well-being by fulfilling 3 "hero missions". Read on to find out what these hero missions are and how the "tummy soldiers" or the healthy gut microbiotas are an important player in maintaining a healthy gut.

Every time your child smiles or points at something, we bet you end up wondering what is going on in his brain. It is easy to be fascinated by the idea of the millions of connections his brain is making every nanosecond and wonder how that all translates into learning and knowledge for him.

Did you know that your child’s gut, or what we sometimes call tummy, is an equally fascinating terrain?

We know that all mums are concerned about their children's gut health, but mainly only so far as to prevent "tummy troubles". However, mums, you need to know that your child's gut, which is the gastrointestinal tract from the mouth, stomach, small and large intestines to anus, needs your constant care and attention. The gut does much more than to digest and absorb nutrients for growth. It also helps protect your child from infection and works with the brain to keep him happy. A healthy gut is, in fact crucial to your child’s overall health and well-being1.

Meet your child's tummy soldiers a.k.a. healthy gut microbiotas

The gut is home to trillions of micro-organisms that are collectively called the gut microbiotas. Scientists have discovered that a healthy gut microbiota with plenty of good bacteria helps the gut in many ways1, 2. These 'tummy soldiers' help improve your little one's total well-being by supporting the gut in its 3 hero missions: support brain and physical development through digestion, modulate mood and build natural defences.

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1 Bischoff S. Gut Health: A new objective in medicine? BMC Med. 2011; 9:24

2 Gerritsen J, Smidt H, Rijkers GT,de Vos WM. Intestinal microbiota in human health and disease: the impact of probiotics. Genes Nutr. Aug 2011; 6(3): 209-240

3 Goyal RK, Hirano I. The enteric nervous system. N Engl J Med. 1996 April 25; 334(17):1106-15

4 Baganz NL, Blakely RD. A dialogue between the immune system and brain, spoken in the language of Serotonin. ACS Chem Neurosci. 2013 Jan 16; 4(1):48-63

5 Furness JB, Kunze WA, Clerc N. Nutrient tasting and signalling mechanisms in the gut. II. The intestine as a sensory organ: neural, endocrine, and immune responses. AM J Physiol. 1999 Nov; 277 (5 Pt 1): G922-8

6 Martin R, Nauta AJ, Amor KB, Knippels LMJ, Knol J, Garssen J. Early Life: gut microbiota and immune development in infancy. Beneficial Microbes. 2010;1(4): 367-382

7 Arslanoglu et al. 2008. Journal of Nutrition, 138:1091-1095.

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