Gut bacteria influences our health from birth onwards
How the microbiome develops during childhood has repercussions for the rest of our lives. It influences our risk of developing allergies, intestinal illnesses and becoming overweight. Nutrition plays an important role from the outset. Polysaccharides in breast milk – human milk oligosaccharides (HMO) – can promote a healthy intestinal flora.
The trillions of micro-organisms in the intestine act like a complex organ, aiding digestion and boosting the immune system, brain and nerve function. During the first three years of life, an intestinal flora develops that has an impact on the rest of our lives. If things take a wrong turn at this stage, the risk of metabolic disorders and chronic inflammatory diseases in later life can increase.
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