Nutrition Tips for Healthy Poop

Constipation is not fun...especially if you're potty training.  We asked our friend and youth nutrition influencer Janaelle "The Fundietician" Humberd for a few tips on how to help you're little potty trainer have healthy bowel movements.  

Drink more water

Many kids suffering from constipation don’t drink enough water. If your toddler isn’t a huge water person then give them different types of juice without the added sugar.  I like “Capri sun Roarin’ waters” which is mostly water and lower in sugar than other juices. Or try half water half juice.  Being properly hydrated keeps things moving in the intestines.

Increase Fiber

Fruits and vegetables are high in fiber, great for hydration and keeping your system regular.  In addition to fruits and veggies, beans, high fiber crackers and oatmeal are great, too.

Ditch the junk

Over-processed and sugary foods like candy and sweets lack nutrients, (such as fiber), and disrupt the overall balance needed to keep your system healthy and flowing.

Sugar can also cause an increase in the bad bacteria in their gut to disrupt regularity.  Which leads to the next tip...

Introduce good bacteria

If your child has the right amount of healthy  or good bacteria in their gut then it helps with digestion and staying regular.  Try a yogurt or kefir with probiotic and/or a kids probiotic supplement.

Things to include in smoothies (like this recipe for one) or snacks for kids to prevent and treat constipation:
  • Chia Seeds - high in soluble fiber which can help soften stool and get things moving.
  • Prunes or dates- a natural laxative
  • Kefir or yogurt- contains probiotics which are live bacteria known to help restore balance in the gut, thereby improving digestion and constipation.
  • Berries or other high fiber fruit/vegetable- are rich source of nutrients, including dietary fiber, which can help alleviate and prevent constipation

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