Baby and You

Our gastro-intestinal (GI) tract contains trillions of bacteria, which take residence in our bodies from the day we are born and remain with us throughout our lives.

Development of the GI microbiota starts immediately at birth as the baby acquires her gut bacteria from the environment she is born into and subsequently from diet. The gut bacteria is established during the first 12 months of life and by the time a baby is one year old, this microbiome is set for life – after this, it can be supported, but cannot be altered significantly.

This gut microbiota performs a multitude of functions and we couldn’t survive without it. These functions include digestion of food to provide energy, absorption of nutrients from food, immune system support and the production of some vitamins (including vitamin B12, Biotin and vitamin K).

The microbiota contains both helpful and hostile bacteria and the ideal balance for our bodies is around 85% good to 15% bad. Many factors, including diet, food poisoning, illness, antibiotics and stress can influence the bacteria and allow the less desirable types of bacteria to increase, resulting in an imbalance known as dysbiosis. This is linked to bloating, indigestion and food intolerances as well as reduced energy and immunity and an increasing list of health issues.

Before refrigeration was invented, humans consumed large amounts of bacteria in the form of fermented and cultured foods. We no longer eat a lot of these foods and probiotic supplements are now available to help support the continued growth and resilience of our gut bacteria.

Pro-Ven Probiotics is owned and managed by Dr Nigel Plummer, a world-renowned expert in the field of probiotics who produced his first human probiotic in 1994.

The products developed by Pro-Ven Probiotics and the Lab4 bacteria that they contain have been used in research relating to allergy, performance, mood, common illnesses and specific digestive complaints (including IBS). The range has been developed to support every life-stage, from pregnancy, through infancy and childhood and into adulthood.

You can find out more at www.provenprobiotics.co.uk or call 01639 825107.

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