Baby talk…

Now, you probably know by now that I’m fascinated with the gut…


After all, I previously just ‘accepted’ that my irritable bowels were ‘normal’


^^^ My growling stomach in job interviews and meals out was a real pain in the arse (pun intended)


Only to realise that I had a wheat allergy.


^^^ Yep, I’m the ‘fakest’ Italian to ever step foot on planet Earth!


And because of my journey in optimising my energy, digestion and pooping schedule…


And helping many others lose weight, tone up and ditch the bloated ‘jelly belly’ look


This remains an area I make sure I’m up to date with (another one on my ‘to do a Doctorate in’ list)


I mean, it can impact:


* Weight loss


* Colds


* Risk of diseases, like diabetes


* Stress


* Allergies



^^^ Just to name a few…


And speaking of allergies (and babies)…


Have you ever heard of the Swansea baby trial?


Well, it’s evident that we need address the fact that between 15 and 40% of children in the UK are affected by eczema, asthma, hayfever and food allergies,


Most children develop this allergic sensitivity in the first 2 years of their life.


Some say we’re now ‘too clean’ (my black lab, Dora, nods in agreement)


So we’re now not exposed ‘enough’ to bacteria.


But obviously, bacteria has many risk factors.


So, the Swansea baby trial looked at a safer way to expose mum and baby to bacteria…


Through probiotics.


454 mothers and baby pairs were split into two groups.


Half took a probiotic everyday in the last trimester and then gave their baby the same probiotic for the first 6 months…


The other half were given a ‘placebo’


What did they find?


The babies given the probiotic were 57% less likely to develop eczema and 44% less likely to develop allergic reactions to allergens such as pollen, cow’s milk, eggs and dust mites than those receiving the placebo.


Crazy, right?


But a similar situation happened with Dora (my black lab).


Ear infections, eye infections…


She had them all as a puppy.


It even got the situation where the vet said we might have to put her on medication (costing £50 a month) for the rest of her life…


And it was at this point that we thought to give ‘doggy’ probiotics a go.


Low and behold…things cleared up.


I mean, we need more research (as always)


But…


It’s exciting, right?


What’s your thoughts on this?


Speak soon,


Matt


PS. Speaking of being ‘too clean’, I’ve got a ‘dirty’ story to share with your tomorrow…

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