As a family, we are switching to glass baking dishes after the ceramic coating on our baking dishes started flaking off into our food. While the nonstick coatings enable easy cleaning, they are not designed to be ingested by us with the safety of many chemicals still unknown or labelled as possibly carcinogenic! So, why take the risk to our health? And, glass is oven, fridge, and freezer safe without the worry of flaking coatings or rust.
Upon looking into glass bakeware, there’s actually 2 main types of glass: soda lime glass and borosilicate glass. The ever prevalent glass, soda lime glass, is used in most baking dishes, glass ware, and even windows and light bulbs. The borosilicate glass is a more robust (which equals less likely to break if you drop it or bump it), specialised glass. Most often you see borosilicate glass in kitchen glassware labeled as Pyrex (TM) by Corning, Duran (TM) by Schott Glass, and Pyromax by Maxwell & Williams. Thus, we’ll be preferring borosilicate glass when available as I have a tendency to be clumsy when distracted by anything other than what I am preparing that moment.
A recent article published by Dr Mercola (probiotic benefits for children) discusses the benefits of probiotics for children’s health. The following is our summary plus some of our own ideas on introducing probiotics to young children.
Children inherit their initial gut microbes from their parents. Anything you do to support the good microbes in yourself and your children will reduce the likelihood of the bad microbes (bacteria, yeasts, and viruses) taking over (= getting sick). In fact, our gut microbes are strongly influenced by our parents’ microbiome (which includes those microbes living on the skin). Colostrum, a mother’s first milk when a baby is born, lines the intestines to create a protective barrier against “foreign” particles from crossing into the bloodstream (which may then elicit an allergic response). This lining also helps beneficial microbes grow and colonise in the gut.
80% of a child’s immune system resides in his/her gut (the same is true for you too). Thus a healthy balance of gut flora (microbes) is a large part of a healthy immune system.
Gut microbes are negatively influenced by (i.e., the following things hinder good microbes and/or encourage bad microbes):
– processed foods (in particular those with bioengineered ingredients),
– heartburn pills (due to reducing stomach acid),
– pesticides in foods,
– chlorinated water,
Probiotics play the following roles:
– positively influence a child’s weight and metabolism by promoting good bacteria;
– may help reduce potential side effects from a vaccination;
support brain health;
– digestion of food and producing special nutrients a child needs;
– and support urinary tract health and vaginal health (in girls).
Start introducing probiotics slowly on young or ill children by:
-feeding a couple drops of the liquid from homemade fermented vegetables,
-mixing a couple drops of the homemade fermented veg liquid with breastmilk or water,
-mixing a couple drops of good quality kefir with breastmilk or water,
-giving a couple of drops of homemade fermented veg liquid using your finger while breastfeeding or bottle feeding,
-mix into mashed veg just before serving if on solids.
The aim of our blog is to provide a place to post recent learnings about fermentation and gut health related research and information. Everyday we are reading books, research studies, and learning from experts around the world about gut health and fermentation. The frontier of our gut microbiome is in its infancy regarding research with fascinating new findings occurring every day! What’s even more amazing is that more and more research is showing that many of today’s health challenges are directly related to our gut health, bring true the saying, “We are what we eat.” Sometimes this information is too “sciency” for some folks and wading through heaps of information may become too overwhelming for others. We hope that by sharing, we help you learn too about how to love life with more energy, lose extra weight, and avoid many of the diseases plaguing our modern day society.