It's extremely important that you have healthy bacteria (flora) in your gut so that your baby can get off to the best start.
Why you ask?
Since 1900 it was thought that when a baby is born, his/her gut is sterile, bacteria-free. During labor as the baby comes down through the birth canal he or she is exposed to the mother's flora, thus creating the baby's gut bacteria. Also babies are exposed to more of their mother's flora while breastfeeding. "Beneficial bacteria also help tutor the immune system, so that it attacks pathogens without overreacting and damaging the body itself. The microbiome can even fend off disease-causing bacteria."
But new evidence is indicating that a healthy fetus picks up bacteria in the womb. Dr. Quintana and her colleagues have found bacteria in the amniotic fluid of healthy babies, as well as in umbilical cord blood and placentas.
Just another reason why pregnant moms need to make sure their "flora" is healthy.
Here is what you can do to have healthy bacteria flora.
Eat fermented foods such as kefir, kim chee, sauerkraut, organic miso, or natto.
- Take probiotics.
- Eat organic plain yogurt.
- Eat plenty of organic fruits and vegetables because the fiber acts like (pre-biotic) food for the healthy bacteria.
It's a good idea to re-populate every day.
Mind and Body Connection
Your gut, (stomach, small and large intestines) digests and absorbs your food. It also hosts important intestinal flora that produces some B vitamins and vitamin K. Did you know that your gut contains 70 -80 % of your immune system and produces 90% of your serotonin? It has an intelligence that is bigger than the one in your skull, and it connects you to your intuition through your GUT FEELINGS.
It is a good idea to take probiotics and eat yogurt and fermented foods daily especially while pregnant. The good bacteria in our gut is very important for man, woman and child.
Functions of Good Bacteria
• Regulate peristalsis and bowel movements.
• Break down bacterial toxins.
• Make vitamins needed and utilize: B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12, A & K.
• Digest protein into amino acids (for use by the body).
• Produce antibiotics and antifungals.
• Help breakdown sugars, lactose, and oxalates.
• Support immune system and increase number of immune cells.
• Balance intestinal pH.
• Protect against environmental toxins: mercury, pesticides, pollution.
If you have a cesarean birth it may be worth while discussing with your child's pediatrician whether you should give probiotics to your newborn.
"Probiotics During Pregnancy May Ward Off Eczema, Food Allergy"
In research reported in the October 18, 2012, issue of the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, infants whose mothers took probiotics during pregnancy and while breast-feeding were less likely to develop eczema."
A healthy gut is extremely important for your well being!
Here is a fantastic video explaining the importance of microbes in our body. Here is the link to view the video.
Here is another amazing video:
The Microbiome: A Microscopic World Within Us with Guest Tom Malterre.
Did you know that microbial cells that inhabit the human body outnumber human cells 10 to 1? And yet, the entire microbiome of a person only weighs about 200 grams. There is a fully functioning ecosystem inside of us that needs as much attention as the world around us. This week Sara Gottfried and Pedram Shojai welcome Tom Malterre to The Health Bridge. Tom discusses how important it is to set up a properly functioning microbiome, especially if you are or are considering becoming pregnant as the microbiome of the mother sets up the microbiome of the child. What symptoms can manifest and what are some things that can be done to help an unbalanced microbiome?
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