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Young Children’s Oral Bacteria May Predict Obesity

One more time, microbiota have been connected to the health — or non-health — of the rest of your body. In this case, researchers have discovered that the oral bacteria in a toddler’s mouth could be an early indicator for obesity, MedicalXpress reports. The findings also showed a connection between the mother’s oral microbiota and digestive tract and the child’s microbiota.

If this isn’t an affirmation for pregnant moms to build a healthy microbiome before, during and after birth, I don’t know what is. We now know that microbes even exist in the placenta, umbilical cord and fetal membranes, where they perform important functions until the child is born. We also know that taking a probiotic or sporebiotic supplement can be beneficial in promoting healthy gut flora.

And, yes, we do know that your gut bacteria can influence your gene expression to the point that it not only plays a role with obesity, but diabetes as well, whether you’re pregnant or not. But if you are pregnant, did you know that establishing normal gut flora in the first few weeks of life is vital to your baby's immune system?

Studies show that babies with abnormal gut flora have compromised immune systems and are particularly at risk for developing ADHD, autism and learning disabilities, particularly if they are vaccinated while their gut flora is imbalanced.

This is all because the microorganisms in your gastrointestinal tract form a highly intricate, living "fabric" that plays an integral part in your health, affecting everything from body weight and nutrition, to chronic diseases of all kinds. Not only that, each individual's community of gut microbes is unique, and the groundwork for each person's gut flora is laid from birth.

A baby basically "inherits" the microbiome from its mother, which is why it's so important to address your gut health before, during and after pregnancy. For this reason, seeding your baby’s microbiome should be on every birth plan. This begins with buying and eating only organic foods as much as you are able. Try to maintain an optimal gut flora by consuming raw foods, and “reseeding” your gut with fermented foods.

Optimize your vitamin D levels and, if necessary, take a supplement with a probiotic on a regular basis.

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