A New Study Reveals How to Fill a Vital Gap In Infant Gut Health {Interview}


New research is showing that a specific probiotic bacteria is key to restoring a baby’s gut to its protective, natural state and providing a foundation for life-long optimal health.

When babies are born they begin to acquire a collection of bacteria called the microbiome –trillions of microorganisms that co-exist in our bodies and live all over us, on our skin, nose, mouth, eyes and gastrointestinal tract, or gut. Research shows that the infant gut microbiome plays a critical role in healthy immune and metabolic development, as well as meeting babies’ dietary needs.

The bacteria in a baby’s microbiome are passed down from their mom at birth. For generations, one strain called B. infantis dominated the infant gut. However, modern medical practices such as increased antibiotic use and C-sections have led to a microbial imbalance in the infant gut and a loss of this key bacteria. This imbalance has been associated with a range of chronic health issues including allergies, asthma, obesity, type 1 diabetes and a host of immunological disorders.

Now, recently published data shows for the first time that supplementation with activated B. infantis can completely transform the gut environment in babies that are fed breast milk. Along with restoring a healthy gut microbiome, the study results show that the supplementation significantly reduced levels of potentially harmful bacteria linked to disease in infants born either through natural or C-section delivery.

Join me in a recent interview with Dr. Mark Underwood, Chief  Neonatologist at U-C Davis as he discusses:

·   What is the “good” bacteria that nine out of ten babies are missing and why?

·   What has caused the disappearance of this bacteria in babies?

·   What can parents do about it?

·   Overall what should parents be aware of when it comes to encouraging the health of their babies?

·  Where can parents learn more about the results of the study to keep their babies healthy?

Check out the entire interview here:  https://youtu.be/psc-KiQmgaw

For more information, go to www.evolvebiosystems.com

Bio: Mark A. Underwood MD, MAS, FAAP

Professor of Pediatrics; Chief, Division of Neonatology UC, Davis School of Medicine

Dr. Underwood received his medical training at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas followed by pediatric residency training at UCLA. After 12 years as a pediatrician in Great Falls MT, he and his family went to New Zealand for a year where he provided pediatric care in underserved areas and consultations at the medical school in Hamilton. Upon returning to the U.S. he completed a fellowship in neonatology at UC Davis and then joined the faculty in 2006 and became the chief of the division of neonatology in 2014. He loves working with parents, nurses, pharmacists and other specialists to provide the best care for infants. His research focuses predominantly on necrotizing enterocolitis, human milk and probiotics.  This research includes clinical trials of probiotics and prebiotics in premature infants and studies of promising protective therapies in animal models of necrotizing enterocolitis and pulmonary hypertension. He also enjoys international collaborations and has taught courses to physicians, nurses, and birth attendants across Africa, Central Asia, Eastern Europe and the Middle East.


Interview is courtesy: Evolve BioSystems

Cynthia Tait

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