Science Got it Wrong - Our “Birth” Bacteria isn’t Everything
We owe a lot to our gut bacteria.
All that stuff living in our intestines is there to help us live and eventually, we may come to rely on the knowledge of that understanding to diagnose and cure diseases.
But, it turns out, we don’t know the whole story.
We’ve spent years learning the importance of the tiny organisms living in our body called microbiome.
And in the last few years, what we’ve discovered has gained loads of attention.
Our gut is filled will trillions of bacteria and organisms that are single-celled (think protozoa and archaea organisms).
It’s thought that they actually outnumber the number of cells that make up our bodies.
We have an ecosystem living in our bodies, just like a pond full of fish and we give great respect to the amount it influences our health.
According to the Human Microbiome Project, An animal’s heart health and behaviour as well as its immune system is completely impacted by its microbiome.
It’s been widely believed that breastfeeding has a great effect on these microbiomes, as does birth itself.
There’s been an outcry against caesarean sections because there’s been an associated risk of obesity, immune conditions and asthma that researchers believe could be avoided through vaginal births.
When the child passes through the birth canal, it receives its mother’s microbes that it uses to protect itself.
The same is true with breastfeeding.