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Buddy Bear Digestive Enzymes for Kids: ǂ

  • Helps relieve tummy troubles including gas, bloating, and digestive upset ǂ
  • Supports optimum carb, sugar, dairy, protein, and fat digestion ǂ
  • Contains a wide spectrum of plant-based enzymes plus amino acids
  • Berry blast chewable with no artificial ingredients!

Children's Supplements—Digestive Enzymes

You may not think too long and hard about how many digestive enzymes your child consumes each day, but this is an important dietary need in their digestive process. Tummy troubles from gas, occasional constipation and diarrhea, overeating or poor eating habits, food sensitivities, and stress are common in children. Children’s digestive systems are particularly sensitive to any misstep along the way and to stress. A sudden change at school or at home, unmanaged stressors, and emotional concerns can all affect a child’s digestive rate and efficiency.

Children are also famous for being picky eaters. There are several reasons for this including:

  • A lack of consistent exposure to certain foods
  • Underdeveloped chewing and swallowing habits, which can lead younger children to prefer soft carbohydrate foods
  • Frequent snacking that leads to disinterest in a balanced meal

Picky eating habits that develop early in life and are not addressed often lead to poor dietary habits as the child gets older. Often this means less whole fruits, vegetables, and grains and far more processed foods.

Why Do Digestive Enzymes Matter for Kids?

The fact is that most children are still not consuming enough fruits and vegetables in their daily diet. It is recommended that children between 2 and 6 eat 3 servings of vegetables and 2 servings of fruit each day (about 1 serving of each per meal). Kids over the age of 6 should eat 3-5 vegetable servings and 2-4 fruit servings each day.

Besides the many minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants these foods offer, fruits and vegetables are also kids’ prime source of digestive enzymes. The growing body produces its own enzymes to break down food in the mouth and small intestine, but it also depends on getting enzymes from food to aid nutrient breakdown.

What digestive enzymes do:

  • Enzymes in a child’s saliva begin breaking down carbohydrates before they reach the stomach. This is why adequate chewing of each bite is important for kids to take stress off their stomach.
  • After the stomach breaks down food with natural hydrochloric acid, it passes the food mixture (chyme) into the small intestine. Here the chyme is tackled with a mixture of digestive enzymes from the pancreas and bile. The enzymes help break down macronutrients into micronutrients, or well-digested particles small enough to be passed through the small intestinal lining and into the body (liver) for nutrient distribution to cells.

Digestive enzymes are an essential part of the child’s digestive process and a young body that is not receiving adequate enzyme support through the foods it takes in (vegetables and fruits) is under extra digestive stress. This stress can lead to common digestive complaints in kids:

  • Upset stomach
  • Slow digestive transit time
  • Occasional constipation
  • Gas and bloating, especially after eating
  • Poor nutrient absorption

Making Sure Kids Get Enough Enzymes

Raw fruits and vegetables are the best sources of digestive enzymes for kids (cooking veggies destroys most of their enzyme levels). These foods also offer an added benefit in that they are excellent sources of fiber for growing bodies. Fiber is an important nutrient further down the digestive tract, in the colon, because it helps to create bulk that encourages peristalsis, or movement of waste through and out in the form of regular bowel movements.

If you’re concerned about your child’s enzyme levels, supplementing with a kids digestive enzyme formula can help increase the amount of digestive enzymes your child is consuming each day. Their digestive enzyme supplement should contain a variety of enzymes—amylase, lactase, protease, lipase, invertase, and cellulase—from natural plant sources. An enzyme variety will help them digest:

  • Carbohydrates
  • Protein
  • Fats
  • Dairy
  • Sugar

Their digestive enzyme formula should also contain amino acids that support the small intestinal lining, a vital point of nutrient absorption. Most important, their enzyme formula should go down easy! A taste that kids love (and none of the artificial ingredients parents don’t) in an easy chewable is a great way to encourage extra enzyme intake for kids.

Buddy Bear Digest digestive enzymes
Buddy Bear Digest is formulated with a full spectrum of enzymes that help kids digest sugars, carbs, dairy, protein, and fats plus amino acids for extra digestive support. ǂ It tastes like a mixed berry fruit chewable and it contains no artificial flavors, sweeteners, or colors.

Buddy Bear Digest is formulated to be taken with meals twice daily and because it tastes so good it’s an easy way to introduce more enzymes into kids’ meal time. The formula is gentle enough for growing digestive systems yet effective thanks to its wide range of enzymes and natural digestive-aid ingredients. ǂ Try Buddy Bear Digest for kids today as part of their wholesome, balanced diet.