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Household Cleaning Products Can Make Children Gain WEIGHT by Altering Their Gut Bacteria

There’s probably not a household anywhere that doesn’t have a stack of cleaning products in a cupboard somewhere — from detergents to disinfectants, they’re all there, just waiting for your next cleaning project. But if you have children, before you grab just any old cleaner and start in, you may want to pay attention to a new study showing that some of these products can disrupt your children’s gut flora, which in turn can make them gain weight.

The Mirror reports that researchers found infants living in households with disinfectants being used at least weekly were twice as likely to have higher levels of the gut microbes Lachnospiraceae at age 3 to 4 months; when they were 3 years old, their body mass index was higher than children not exposed to heavy home use of disinfectants. Eco-friendly cleaning alternatives, on the other hand, did not appear to have the same weight-gain effects.

It’s amazing just how important our gut health is to our overall health, whether you’re a child or an adult. When your gut microbiome is balanced, your general function is one that reflects a boost in energy because all-around and, not surprisingly, your microbiome profile can change as you age.

That’s why nourishing your gut bacteria is one of the most crucial steps in maintaining health, and that can be done by eating traditionally fermented foods such as raw grass fed yogurt, kefir and fermented vegetables— which you can make at home — and foods containing fiber, such as nuts and seeds, fruits and vegetables, and other foods to promote better digestive health.

When it comes to the environmental factors, the good news is there are many great cleaning alternatives that you can choose that won’t disrupt all the work you’ve put in to eating gut-healthy foods. For example, you can clean your home effectively and safely using natural ingredients like baking soda, vinegar, coconut oil, lemons and castile soap. Add essential oils to them, and you’ll have a great “recipe” for feeding your gut from the air.

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