Thursday, May 16, 2013

C-sec and bottle-fed babies need probiotics

The World Health Organisation estimates that by 2015 there will be 1.5 billion overweight consumers globally, costing $117 billion in associated health costs in the US alone! By crikey, that’s a scary amount of fat and a scarily big dollar cost. My question is - when are we going to get right down to addressing one of the most fundamental issues that is underpinning the obesity epidemic, because the evidence keeps piling up. Here it is again - the link between deranged gut microbiota (unhealthy bacteria in your gut) and skewed energy/fat metabolism and appetite.

The study confirms earlier work, indicates the need for ongoing dosing with healthy bacteria (in the form of a fermented product or a probiotic supplement) and also confirms the ability of the mother to confer a healthy gut population on her newborn child. That means: attention to gut health before conception and during pregnancy, a normal vaginal birth and unrestricted breastfeeding, although if any of those factors are missing, a probiotic product can act as a surrogate.

So, improve your mood, boost your immune response and reduce the likelihood of a child with weight management issues. That’s just for starters! What are you waiting for? 

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