Kids and Teens
The most important thing you can do for kids and young adults, is to give them good health. But it's not an easy job these days. Obesity, type 2 diabetes, hypertension, allergies and even autism are increasingly common among our young. And food choices are influenced by marketing, peer pressure and fast-paced, grab-and-go liffestyles. Teaching them how to get, and stay, healthy can be a gift for life.
Growing, But Responsibly
The trick is to grow up, not out. Prebiotics may help. Calcium uptake has been shown to improve with the addition of the right prebiotics. In fact, keeping a healthy gut can be a key move toward overall health. Obesity is on the rise in young people, due to a overlap of issues including food choices, physical activity, environmental challenges, stress factors and to some degree, genetics. Truth is, food's the really big deal.
Hippocrates is famous for saying "Let food be thy medicine." Smart guy. Kids eating fast food, even as few as three times a week, are more likely to have allergies, hay fever and eczema. Weight issues can also get a foothold through high fat, high salt, high sugar foods. Whether in drive-thrus or at home. Worse yet, studies show that once a kid's overweight, even eating less than trimmer friends may not shed the pounds.
Setting A Healthy Course
Antibiotics and early childhood infections are another big deal. Prevention of chronic conditions like celiac disease may be linked to avoiding infections very early in life. Childhood issues like eczema, allergies, asthma and acne appear to benefit from certain prebiotics. Gut microbiota may have a direct effect on the onset of diabetes, autism and other chronic conditions. And mothers sustaining breast feeding through 6 months may reduce the risk in their kids of developing allergies and asthma. Seems it takes a whole bunch of smart little decisions, added together over time, to add up to better health.