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As children grow and develop, their immune and digestive processes must adapt to frequent changes in their diet and environment—while still combating potential illnesses at the same time. Normal variations in environment, such as exposure to germs in daycare or school, can lead to a slew of challenges for a young and developing immune system. In addition, the digestive tract is under constant stress due to unavoidable fluctuations in eating habits.
Just like adults, a child’s immune system is largely located in the digestive system (the gut), as it houses 70 percent of the cells that make up the immune system. Residing within the gut is the body’s microbiome—a collection of beneficial and non-beneficial bacteria that make up the digestive ecosystem. A balanced gut microbiome helps support the proper breakdown of food, absorption of nutrients, normal immune function, and acts as a filter to the bloodstream. Without a balanced gut microbiome, children may suffer from:
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