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Healthy, Tiny Tummies Make For Happy Parents

by In Partnership with Total Shape

As parents, we want the best future we can give to our young ones. And that includes a strong, healthy body. That’s why as early as your child is eating solid foods, it's important to work towards the most appropriate diet and have a family balanced lifestyle.

Their tummy is home to heaps of bacteria, both good and bad. This can affect their immune system and general health in the long run. And with the right food and eating habits, you can help develop their microflora diversity. At SmartyPants have crafted a formula to further support your tot’s tummy health – Kids Probiotic Formula.*

Our Kids Probiotic Formula packs a punch in two yummy gummies containing 4 billion CFU. It both has a prebiotic and multi-strain probiotics sure to support your child’s digestive health and immune system function.* The prebiotic beta-glucan encourages the growth of good bacteria.* The beta-glucan in our Probiotics formulas is derived from baker’s yeast and has been clinically studied to support healthy immune system function.* The probiotics, on the other hand, include B. coagulans and B. subtilis. They help support a balanced microflora in your young one’s gut.*

You also don’t have to fret about these probiotics reaching your child’s gut, as its natural encapsulation allows 95% survivability of the good bacteria. Our premium ingredients are also Non-GMO Project Verified and free from synthetic colors or artificial flavoring. Your kid will surely enjoy its scrumptious natural strawberry creme or grape flavors (with other natural flavors). If your family subscribes to a vegan lifestyle, our product is also Certified Vegan by the American Vegetarian Association.

Our formula is based on the most up to date science, latest findings on dietary pattern studies, recommendations from the Health and Medicine Division of the National Academies of Sciences, and our very own scientific advisory board. 

However, our supplement alone would not be enough – you have to make sure your little one is getting proper nutrition from their diet. Hence, here are some food and habits they can pick up for a healthier digestive system. 

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Eat Food with Fiber, Polyphenols, and Probiotics

Microbes from our tummies feast on food that we do not digest well. And a great example is carbohydrates that have indigestible fibers. These can be found in whole wheat, oatmeal, broccoli, and beans. Helpful bacteria also thrive on polyphenols - found in natural plant products. These are rich in fruits like berries, grapes, and cherries. Some foods can work as probiotics as well, such as yogurt and kefir. For vegan lactose-free options, you can go for fermented products like kimchi.

Food Portioning

As a parent, you can potentially get too excited and feed your growing kids lots of food. In reality, they should eat proper portions according to their bodies’ needs. So yes, one child’s portioning might not apply to another. Be sure that they are eating enough to not go hungry, but not too much where their digestive system is overloaded.

Drink Lots of Water

Kids should also be drinking plenty of fluids in a day. Making sure that they are adequately hydrated allows for a healthy bowel movement.

Eat Healthy and Natural Products

It might be tempting to treat your kids with packaged biscuits, sweets, fast food, and even processed meat. But these processed and artificially flavored foods can impact your gut microbiota and stop healthy bacteria from developing. So instead, try the picks mentioned in the first tip. If they ask for something sweet, give fruits instead.

Play with Pets

Furry pets might seem like a risky idea, especially for younger kids. But some pets can actually serve as an ideal medium of good bacteria for your children. Domesticated animals have their own unique microbiomes, which they pick up from the outside and bring indoors. Research suggests that these friendly bacteria from dogs and cats keep the immune system accustomed to things like allergens and diverse microbes. 

Make Moves

Allowing your children to be active improves their overall health, including digestive health. Regular physical activity heightens blood flow throughout one’s body, keeping the muscles in the digestive tract moving. In short, intestinal activity positively responds to physical activeness. A recent study has also shown that exercise can be beneficial to the balance of bacteria in one’s gut. The endorphins released during exercise help alleviate stress which potentially results in better gut health. Check Total Shape for some more fitness tips both you and your kid can learn.

Boost Friendly Gut Bacteria after Treatment

If your child is diagnosed with an infection, doctors may prescribe antibiotics to cure this. However, these drugs may also deplete healthy gut bacteria. That’s why it is vital to repopulate your child’s gut with these bacteria. For instance, Kids Probiotic Formula can help support the microflora balance after a run of antibiotic treatment.*

Seek a Doctor when Needed

If your kid suffers from persistent digestive issues, such as constipation, diarrhea, stomach pain, or bloating, do not second guess and consult a pediatrician right away. They can potentially refer you to a gastroenterologist, a doctor who specializes in treating gastrointestinal diseases. 

With these tips and our Kids Probiotic Formula, your tot’s tiny tummy will surely be happy! What about supplements for mommy and daddy, you ask? Fret not because we also have formulas made for adults, including prenatal. No matter what your family looks like, we having something for everyone.

 

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. 
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