Friday, February 26, 2016 by: Jennifer Lea Reynolds
(NaturalNews) A study recently published in the journal Cell, sheds light on the incredible connection between a mother’s breast milk and healthy infant growth, specifically honing in on the role the gut’s mircrobiome has in the entire process. Experts involved in the study explain that there’s a direct correlation between gut activity and breast milk as it relates to an infant’s growth. If it’s out-of-balance, a baby’s growth may be stunted. However, if it’s in balance, breast milk will typically contain the right kinds of sugars – namely sialylated sugars – that make it possible for a baby’s growth to flourish.(1)
Don’t think intestinal flora matters, or that the whole concept of bacteria-anything just sounds gross?
Well, the truth is that the presence of gut microbiota is critical when it comes to keeping babies healthy, as this study illustrates. In fact, important factors such as an increase in lean body mass and bone volume, in addition to metabolic changes in brain, liver and muscle, all improved when a diverse gut microbiome was a part of the picture. In a nutshell, the study, which was led by Jeffrey Gordon at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, demonstrates that when bacterial communities reside in the gut, they play an essential role in optimizing human health.(1)
A well-balanced gut microbiome essential for overall health