Monday, May 14, 2018

Healthy Habits: Nutrition and Allergies and Asthma

More children are now suffering from asthma and allergies.  According to the Asthma and Allergy Association of American, more than 6 million children under the age of 18 suffer from asthma and more than 50 million Americans have all types of allergies – pollen, skin, latex and more.  What’s even more surprising is that these diseases often develop in an infant’s gut.

Scientists now agree that modern medical practices such as C-section and antibiotics have interrupted the transfer of beneficial bacteria from mom to baby. New data shows that American babies gut microbiome has changed remarkably from our grandparents’ generation.  Additionally, American babies now have gut microbiomes that are completely different from babies in other countries where that transfer still occurs, and where rates of metabolic and immune diseases remain low.

The key change is that American babies are now missing B. infantis – the good bacteria which protect baby’s gut from potentially harmful bacteria.  Without this beneficial bacteria – found in probiotics - potentially harmful bacteria dominate baby’s gut.  Many studies link these bacteria to higher risk of allergies and asthma.

Pediatrician Dr. Tanya Altmann shares tips on how to make sure your baby is getting this beneficial bacteria.

Dr. Tanya Altmann is a leading pediatrician and best-selling author. Her expertise lies in baby nutrition and gut health, but she also speaks to everyday parenting issues. Altmann is the author of What to Feed Your Baby, Baby and Toddler Basics (Feb 2018) and Mommy Calls, as well as editor-in-chief of the American Academy of Pediatrics' parenting books,The Wonder Years and Caring for Your Baby and Young Child: Birth to Age 5. Dr. Tanya has made numerous media appearances and contributions over the years, but she would say her most important role is being mom to her amazing three boys.

This interview is provided by Evivo

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