To start off, this book will be referring to the population of bacteria in your gut as the “microbiome.”
As discussed in our previous article, the microbiome, also known as the trillions (yes, trillions!) of bacteria on our body has become a hot topic in scientific study. This book provides a glimpse into the relevance of the microbiome to you and your child’s health. Numerous scientific journals are suggesting the microbiome is important in various aspects of human physiology, such as: nutrient processing, stimulation of blood vessel formation, protection against pathogens, and regulation of fat storage . In recent years, scientists have found evidence suggesting that the microbiome communicates with our central nervous system (CNS) through a set of pathways called the gut-brain axis - a biochemical signaling between the gastrointestinal (GI) tract and our nervous system - ultimately affecting the outcome of our memory, mood, and much more . With over 100 trillion microorganisms residing inside and outside our body, it is not surprising to believe that they play an important role in maintaining our overall health. Unlike adults, newborns and infants under the age of three years old are more susceptible to pathogenic exposure from the environment due to a lack of microbes in their gut. By nurturing the microbiome in early life, the immune system and GI tract will properly develop and lead to improved health and wellness .
Throughout this book, we will cover the multiple factors that affect your child’s microbiome, gut health, and the immediate steps you can take to nurture your child’s microbiome.