Strengthen the Digestive Tract with these 5 Children FoodSunday, 1 July 2018
Digestion problems are one of the health problems frequently encountered in children. This occurs because the digestive system of the Little One is still weak. Generally, the issues that are often seen include diarrhea, bloated stomach, or constipation. Digestive problems not only lead to fussiness and loss of appetite, but may also lead to serious conditions in the long run. The digestive system is closely related to the immune system of the body. This is because our bodies are exposed to various disease-causing organisms every day through the mechanisms of the digestive system. Immune cells are produced so that the body is always protected from the germs and diseases. So, do not underestimate disorders of the digestive tract. Disorders of the digestive tract can affect the immune system of the Little One. So, what can parents do to strengthen or nourish the digestive tract of the Little One? They can provide food that are proven to be good for the digestive tract, such as:
- Green vegetables Fiber is required by the body to facilitate digestion. A good source of fiber for the Little One is green vegetables. Consuming green vegetables will also fulfill the iron and folic acid requirements, which are beneficial for the intelligence of the Little One. Parents can serve food with basic ingredients such as spinach, kale, or broccoli. Avoid cooking vegetables at a high temperature as this may damage the nutrients contained in it.
- Tempeh As Indonesians, we should be proud because this Indonesian delicacy has many benefits for the digestive tract of the Little One. In addition to its high fiber content which facilitates digestion, the Rhizopus fungi present in it also acts as a ‘natural antibiotic’, which has been proven to help overcome diarrhea and aid the absorption of minerals in the intestines. Tempeh, like other complementary food, can be served from the age of 6 months, provided that its consistency is suitable for the Little One.
- Yoghurt Yoghurt can prevent constipation and is good to consume when experiencing diarrhea due to infection. Yoghurt contains Lactobacillus, which is classified as good bacteria in the intestines. Consuming yoghurt when having diarrhea will increase the number of good bacteria in the intestines, which are required to overcome the infection. Not all children like the sour taste of yoghurt, and this can be managed by serving it at a cold temperature or processing it to form smoothies with fruits such as bananas or avocados.
- Fish Compared to beef, the proteins present in fish are more easily digested so as not to burden the digestive tract of the Little One. Fish also contains unsaturated fats that are beneficial in improving the resistance of the digestive tract to infections.
- Fruits, jelly, and other high fiber food Parents should include vegetables and fruits in the daily menu of the Little One because they are rich in fiber and contains various vitamins required by the body. Another example of food rich in fiber is cereals. Regular consumption of enough fiber will facilitate defecation and also increase the number of good bacteria in the intestines. Another alternative that can be done if the Little One is bored of fruits is serving fresh fruit jelly.