The body’s gut microbiome is pretty fascinating because it plays an important role in how the body digests and processes food, it impacts cognitive function and it regulates the immune system. The composition of the gut microbiome is influenced by many factors from the very moment we’re born. That’s why we’re breaking down why the gut microbiome is important for the healthy development of your baby.
Think of your gut as a bustling city. The gut is home to millions of microorganisms known as ‘the microbiome,’ and some of them may play an important role in keeping you healthy. This friendly group of gut bacteria may act as little soldiers, for example, protecting you against pathogens that cause disease and also helping to support your digestive and immune systems. Gut microbiome varies from person to person and is influenced by factors like where you live, what you eat and how you live your life.
The gut microbiome is very important during pregnancy because it supports the absorption of nutrients from the food you eat which nurture the development of the fetus.
What you eat, the medications you take and even how you give birth can all shape your baby’s microbiome. From the moment they’re born, the presence of beneficial bacteria in your baby’s digestive system is important. The gut bacteria not only may help to support the development of the digestive and immune systems, but it may also support their cognitive function. Since it takes about three years for your baby’s gut microbiome to have the composition of an adult gut microbiome, supporting a healthy microbiome during the first three years of life can help to set the stage for a healthy future.
Now that you know all about the microbiome, learn even more about how probiotics can help provide good bacteria to your baby’s gut to support healthy development.