Tuesday, December 4, 2012

More good gut news

and great news for any breastfeeding Mum who has ever suffered from mastitis. Now a world-first, retail, probiotic product, isolated from breastmilk has been released in Australia. Even better is the fact that medicos are promoting it as an alternative to antibiotics. Mastitis is an extremely painful inflammation of the breast and a major reason that women stop breastfeeding, so a natural, immune-boosting product to treat it is a real advance. 

But I’m a great believer that prevention is a better way to go, even if treatment with probiotic is preferable to antibiotics, so I advocate establishing optimal gut health before conception and maintaining it during pregnancy. In fact, this was the subject of my February 2012 paper presented at the International Symposium: Probiotics and Prebiotics in Pediatrics, held in Istanbul Turkey. 

Prevention of mastitis aside, healthy gut microbiota is also a powerful contributing factor to optimal fertility and a full-term pregnancy, with other studies confirming that those optimal healthy bacteria in the mother have a role in reducing obesity and diabetes in her offspring.

Is your family getting your daily quota of the good guys that grow in the gut? Look for my best-of-breed product at Jan’s Picks.

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