Helping your child digest and absorb the right nutrients
Almost all the nutrition that your child needs will be handled by his gut.
The gut has to break down different types of food and make sure that each nutrient is being absorbed and is ready to be used. This is a complicated process, but the gut is designed to do a really good job with the help of a healthy gut microbiota which comprises of a higher proportion of friendly bacteria in your child’s gut.
Dietary fibre are complex and cannot be fully digested with the enzymes we produce so the friendly bacteria in the gut (or healthy gut microbiota) can help in the process, breaking down complex nutrients and producing what is called short chain fatty acids (SCFAs).
SCFAs serve as an important source of energy (as much as 10% of the body's needs)2, 3, 4 and enhance the absorption of calcium and iron which are the building blocks for bones, brain and blood cells.
The friendly bacteria not only help release nutrients by breaking down complex food, but also produce some essential nutrients such as Vitamin B12, K and folate2, 3, 5 .These vitamins are necessary for the proper growth, development and function of many organs in your children’s bodies.
Hence, while your little one’s diet may contain all the nutrients required for the body, without proper digestion and absorption, these nutrients will not provide the benefits they are meant to.
A healthy gut is crucial in ensuring that the nutrients are broken down into a form that can be easily absorbed by the body and utilised for brain and physical growth.