There are two types of bacteria in the gut. Beneficial bacteria help the gut regulate immunity and protect your child from infections.
One way to ensure your child has more beneficial than harmful bacteria is to offer a diet rich in prebiotics.
Prebiotics is a special type of insoluble fibre that acts as food source for beneficial or good bacteria naturally present in the gut.
They help stimulate the growth and multiplying of good bacteria which will suppress the growth of harmful bacteria. The increased number of good bacteria also supports a healthy gut environment, which in turn helps soften stool and promote better bowel movement.
Prebiotics, including galacto-oligosaccharides (GOS) and long-chain fructo-oligosaccharides (FOS), can help promote children’s gut health. The prebiotic, long-chain fructo-oligosaccharide (FOS) can be found naturally in many foods such as wheat, onion, banana and honey.
The unique mixture of GOS and FOS can increase the existing beneficial bacteria and subsequently reduce the harmful bacteria in the body. Other sources of prebiotics include apple, oatmeal, leek, asparagus, soya bean, tomato, garlic and onion.
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