It’s the new buzz word in health and nutrition but how many of us actually know what it is, what it does, why it matters?
The human microbiome is virtually an organ itself. It is the word we use to describe the vast array of bacteria, viruses and fungi found in the human body and as a population, it’s HUGE and it’s COMPLEX! Roughly 100 Trillion microbes¹, so it’s actually more complex than the human genome itself.
FUN FACT: Whilst identical twins have identical DNA their microbiomes are very different!
Most of our body’s microbes live in our gut. What is really interesting and important about the human microbiome is what it does!
You might be surprised to know that the microbiome may play a role in a healthy immune system, healthy digestive system and absorption of certain nutrients.
Scientists and health practitioners are getting really excited about our microbiomes because unlike our genomes, our microbiome is dynamic and changes with growth and outside factors. That’s good news for all of us because it means we may be able to influence our own microbiomes.
Babies & Microbiomes
We know microbiomes are important and dynamic but we have also discovered that the biggest changes to our microbiome occur when we are infants and in early childhood¹.
For parents particularly of young children this may be important!
Did you know that a baby’s microbiome may be affected by whether they were premature, vaginal or caesarean delivery and breastfed or bottle fed? The great news is that the use of probiotics and prebiotics may help support ‘good bacteria’ in our microbiome!
Would you like to learn more about how probiotics may help your family? If so, you can find more information here.
Or, learn more about Brauer Natural Medicine's Probiotic Powder range:
Brauer Natural Medicine Infant Probiotic Powder
Brauer Natural Medicine Baby & Toddler Probiotic Powder
Brauer Natural Medicine Kids Probiotic Powder
*Always read the label, use only as directed. If symptoms persist, see your healthcare professional. Vitamins can only be of assistance if dietary vitamin intake is inadequate.
¹Reference: Amon P, Sanderson I, What is the microbiome?, Archives of Disease in Childhood - Education and Practice Published Online First:28 February 2017. doi: 10.1136/archdischild-2016-311643