Immediately after birth we are exposed to the microorganisms that will eventually form the foundations of our gut microbiome and be pivotal in establishing our immunity. This population of organisms is unique to each individual, contains tens of trillions of bacteria, and can weigh up to 2kg in total!
Don’t let this thought unsettle you, our unique gut microbiome (sometimes called ‘gut flora’) is responsible for:
- Ensuring proper digestive function
- Producing certain vitamins
- Playing an important role in our immune system
- Combatting aggressions from other microorganisms that lead to health conditions
More recently however, there is increasing evidence to suggest that this microbiome is involved in areas far beyond this. Having implications that can effect:
- Skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis
- Auto-immune disease
- Obesity & weight management
- Depression & Anxiety
- Fatty liver disease
- and much more!
There are even specialised practitioner-only brands of probiotics for babies!
Cesarean babies miss out on the bacterial colonisation that takes place through delivery via the birth canal, and we have seen patterns of consistently ill children connected with a history of cesarean birth. Probiotics are a great way to give them the best start to life.
Supplementation with a probiotic is a great idea to support general health & wellbeing, and in the prevention and management of certain ailments and diseases. There are many probiotics on the market and not all are created equal. The most important thing to note is that very SPECIFIC strains of probiotics are useful to treat very SPECIFIC conditions, meaning that without proper advice and guidance you may not be using the correct probiotic for your health goals.
Come in to the clinic to chat with a professional about how probiotics can improve the health for you and your family.