We are just scratching the surface of how many influences the microbiome has on our health. From obesity to skin these trillions of bacteria we cohabitate with influence us in many ways.
It is becoming more and more clear that the level of inflammation in the body is directly linked to the health and diversity of bacteria in the gut. In fact, 70% of our immune cells are clustered in the intestines.
Eczema is an inflammatory skin condition that is being seen more frequently in infants and kids. It presents with itchy, irritated, dry skin and children that are affected with eczema are more likely to have other inflammatory conditions like allergies and asthma.
A study published in the Journal of Clinical Immunology in 2012 found that infants whose mom’s were supplemented with specific strains of Lactobacillus rhamnosus and Bifidobacterium Longum showed significantly less risk of developing eczema in the first 24 months compared to babies born to mom’s who were not supplemented.
Probiotics are also helpful to prevent urinary tract and yeast infections as well as promote good bowel and immune health in pregnant moms.
I suggest that all pregnant moms supplement with probiotics but especially those at risk for or who have a family history of allergies, eczema or asthma. Probiotic supplementation is ideal throughout pregnancy and breastfeeding.
We use a probiotic at the office called Probio SAP. This probiotic is reasonably priced and has the specific strains used in this study.
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