Your baby’s amazing tummy and its 3 hero missions

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Your baby's gut does much more than just take care of digestion and absorption of nutrients -- it helps in his total well-being by fulfilling 3 "hero missions". Read on to find out what these hero missions are and how the “tummy soldiers” or the healthy gut microbiota are an important player in maintaining a healthy gut.

Every time your baby smiles, points at something, or coos cutely, we bet you end up wondering what is going on in his brain. It is easy to be fascinated by the idea of the millions of connections his brain is making every nanosecond and wonder how that all translates into learning and knowledge for him.

Did you know that your baby’s gut, or what we sometimes call tummy, is an equally fascinating terrain?

We know that all mums are concerned about their babies’ gut health, but mainly only so far as to prevent “tummy troubles” such as colic, diarrhoea and constipation. However, mums, you need to know that your baby’s gut, which is the gastrointestinal tract from the mouth, stomach, small and large intestines to anus, needs your constant care and attention. The gut does much more than to digest and absorb nutrients for growth. It also helps protect your baby from infection and works with the brain to keep him happy. A healthy gut is, in fact crucial to your baby’s overall health and well-being.11

Click here to find out what are the signs of your baby’s healthy gut.

Meet your baby’s tummy soldiers a.k.a healthy gut microbiota

The gut is home to trillions of micro-organisms that are collectively called the gut microbiota. Scientists have discovered that a healthy gut microbiota with plenty of good bacteria helps the gut in many ways11,16.  These ‘tummy soldiers’ help improve your little one’s total well-being by supporting the gut in its 3 hero missions: support brain and physical development through digestion, modulate mood and build natural defences.

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Mission #1 Support brain and physical development

For optimum growth and development, your baby’s brain and body need the right nutrients, in the right amounts and at the right stage of growth.

The gut performs the complicated task of digesting the food consumed into basic components and ensuring that key nutrients such as DHA and ARA to support brain development, and vitamins & minerals to support physical growth are absorbed properly and are ready to be used by the body.

Your baby’s tummy soldiers support this process further by breaking down certain complex food that his stomach and small intestines have difficulties to do so. They also help in the production of essential vitamins like B and K to assist in the critical blood clotting process.

Click on the next page to find out what are the other 2 hero missions of your baby’s gut, and why a healthy gut is crucial for babies. Keep reading to find out how you can win in the Dumex Spot the Wonders Contest – Over $10, 000 worth of prizes, including staycation prizes and a $7,000 jackpot travel voucher, await the lucky winners!

 

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