Your baby’s immune system development in the first three years of life is strongly linked to your baby’s gut health and gut bugs (developing gut microbiota). Your baby’s gut bugs develop over these three years from a relatively simple gut bug community to one that is richly diverse. Higher gut bug diversity is associated with a healthy gut.
The factors influencing the development of gut bugs into a healthy gut are whether your baby:
A recent Study in Canada and the Netherlands reviewed the day-to-day diets of 24 healthy, full term infants aged 12 to 14 months. Results of the Study show:
The stability of the infants’ gut health in the Study was strongly correlated to the diversity of diet items introduced during the period of solid food introduction. Foods that are diverse and high in fiber are associated with microbiota stability and gut health. This stability is an important contributing factor in the development of the immune system of the infant as they are introduced to solids.
Keywords: Microbiota, Healthy gut, Bifidobacterium, Veillonella, High fiber, Solid foods, Weaning, Diversity, Breastfeeding, Stability.
Reference: Homann, C.-M., Rossel, C. A. J., Dizzell, S., Bervoets, L., Simioni, J., Li, J., Gunn, E., et al. (2021). Infants’ First Solid Foods: Impact on Gut Microbiota Development in Two Intercontinental Cohorts. Nutrients, 13(8), 2639. MDPI AG. Retrieved from http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/nu13082639
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