Gut microbiome development in early life is linked to long-term health. Bifidobacteria make up to 90% of the microbiota of healthy breastfed infants born by vaginal delivery, but factors such as C-section birth, formula feeding, antibiotic use, preterm birth, diet and home environment can result in a less healthy microbial profile.
During pregnancy, many physiological changes in a woman’s body take place to allow for the normal growth and development of the baby. One of the most noticeable changes is weight gain within recommended ranges.
Did you know that an adequate nutrition during the toddler and preschool years has an important impact on the foundation for lifelong health? Toddlers and pre-schoolers are in an intense phase of developing many of their body functions, including the immune system, gastrointestinal tract, bones and muscles, as well as many neurological skills.
Pre-pregnancy nutrition influences the health of the future mom, as well as a successful pregnancy experience, by reducing birth defects and supporting the baby’s healthy growth and development, including cognition.
The Microbiota-Gut-Brain Axis represents a bi-directional communication between the gut microbes and the brain, and vice versa, through neural, endocrine and immune avenues.
The significant increase of greenhouse gases (GHG) since the industrial revolution is a major driver to earth warming and the observed climate change. Even if the rise in global temperature might seem small, it has significant consequences on our climate, such as the heatwaves, storms, or extreme precipitations, already witnessed in recent years.
A healthy microbiome builds a strong immune system. The microbiome acts as instructor and arbiter of host immunity, while the immune system regulates colonization with healthy microbes. This bi-directional crosstalk can be regulated through nutrition to support a healthy microbiome and long-term immunity.
Digestible carbohydrates are an important source of energy for babies’ healthy growth and development, contributing between 45% and 65% to their daily calorie intake.