Our Microbiome Development: Microbes as Essential Parts of our Bodies


Your body is home to more microbes than there are stars in the Milky Way Galaxy.  Close to two pounds (1-3%) of your body weight is bacterial biomass!  We are learning that these microbes have evolved with us over eons and our health is dependent on a diverse, healthy microbiome.

The foundation of our future microbiome is built, beginning at birth, throughout childhood.

We are each born a microbial blank slate.  In the womb bacteria could be harmful to a developing fetus but soon after birth we are exposed to a plethora of bacteria that immediately colonize our digestive tract, skin, mouth and urogenital areas.

Babies born vaginally have an immediate exposure to a wide variety of vaginal microbes, including many strains of Lactobacillus that help a baby digest its first food: breast milk.  Breast milk is in fact perfectly designed to ‘feed’ these bacteria in the child’s gut[1]. The bacteria help break down and release essential nutrients as well as train the early immune system.

Babies born via Cesarean section have been shown to have a distinctly different microbiome, more in line with the mother’s skin microbes than vaginal microbes.  There is some evidence that this difference may play some role in the development of allergies or asthma.  Additionally, infants fed any formula, whether expressly formula or a combination of formula and breastmilk, have different microbial gut communities compared to those fed expressly breast milk[1]. Clearly, the early environment and diet can significantly impact the microbial community in our bodies.

Probiotics have begun to play a role in pediatrics.

Doctors and researchers have begun to see the benefit of supplementing infants with probiotics for various conditions.

Preterm infants are prone to a condition called necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC), which is a terrible condition causing the death of gut tissue resulting in abdominal bloating, bloody stool and in 20% of cases of very low birthweight infants, death.  In a 2011 review of 16 randomized studies and 2700 patients, reviewers found that probiotic supplementation decreased severe NEC, surgical interventions and most importantly, mortality.  These probiotics treatments have additionally been found safe and well-tolerated[2].

Probiotics have also been used with some effect on colicky babies. The Journal of Pediatrics published a double-blind, placebo controlled study of infants in 2015 where there was a decrease in “total average crying and fussing time” for the infants receiving the Lactobacillus probiotic[3].

Our microbiome plays a greater role in our health than previously thought.

Our microbiome is one of the most important relationships our body has with the world around us, it is, quite literally, the foundation upon which our immune system is built. This microbiome influences immunity, gut health, bone health, brain health, emotional wellbeing as well as potential allergy development, asthma and we are discovering more every day.

If the microbiome is so important, then we should nurture it daily, no matter our age.  H2PRO is formulated for everyone and travels easily out of town, to work or the gym.  There are no excuses.

A safe and daily supplement of a multi strain probiotic like H2PRO, is a great way to nurture your health and #LoveYourGuts.

Build a foundation for good health, take H2PRO, daily.

 

Citations

1- Shockman, Elizabeth. (January 31, 2016) How important is breastmilk and delivery method to a newborns health? Science Friday, Public Radio International. Retrieved from: http://www.pri.org/stories/2016-01-31/how-important-breast-milk-and-delivery-method-newborn-s-health

2- AlFaleh, K et al. (2011) Probiotics for prevention of necrotizing enterocolitis in preterm infants. (Review) The Cochrane Library, Issue 3, 1-45. https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Khalid_Alfaleh/publication/50410390_Cochrane_Review_Probiotics_for_prevention_of_necrotizing_enterocolitis_in_preterm_infants/links/09e4150bfaf8ce8af8000000.pdf

3- Chau, Kim et al. (2015) Probiotics for Infantile Colic: A Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo controlled Trial Investigating Lactobaccillus reuteri DSM 17938. Journal of Pediatrics, Volume 166 (Issue 1), 74-78. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0022347614008488

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