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Can Probiotics Help Combat Malnutrition?

Worldwide, nearly 50% of all deaths in children under the age of 5 are attributable to undernutrition. Recent studies suggest that optimizing children’s microbiomes may in fact be the key to combating malnutrition and preventing the tragedy it causes.

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In one study, researchers implanted fecal microbiomes from healthy and malnourished children into germ-free mice. All of the mice were then given the same diet, approximating the typical diet of a child in Malawi. Despite the lack of adequate nutrition in the diet, the mice that received microbes from healthy youngsters grew bigger across the board, suggesting healthy gut bacteria may in fact counteract a nutrient-poor diet.

Another study discovered a similar connection between the microbiome and nutrition, when researchers found that gut microbes had a hormonal influence. The study showed at least one strain of the bacteria Lactobacillus was able to increase growth hormone and give microbeless mice an instant hormone boost.

As evidenced by these studies and others, a child’s microbiome may play a crucial role in malnutrition. If your child’s gut is severely unbalanced, his or her health may be adversely impacted even if eating a reasonably nutritious diet. While the issue of malnutrition is most pressing in developing nations, even Westerners can struggle with this issue, thanks to a diet heavy in processed food.

One of the easiest ways to improve your gut health is by eating real food, including plenty of fresh, organic vegetables, along with traditionally fermented foods. This kind of diet will provide plenty of what you need — prebiotics, probiotics and fiber — and very little of that which you don't: sugar, pesticides and artificial ingredients, which top the list of ingredients and food contaminants that harm gut flora.

Besides diet, other lifestyle factors such as exercise and drug use can have an impact on your child’s microbiome, for better or worse. Pregnancy decisions such as whether or not to have an elective C-section and breastfeeding can also have long-term health effects for your child — all because of how these decisions affect your child's microbiome.

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