Probiotics taken during pregnancy decrease risk of allergies in kids

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by L.J. Devon

(NaturalNews) Probiotics stimulate the growth of beneficial microorganisms in  the intestines and the gut. A new analysis encourages pregnant mothers to take  probiotics during pregnancy to help lower the risk of allergies in their kids.  The good bacteria balance in a mother’s gut is passed to their baby through the  placenta and the colostrum of breast milk. Probiotics are a great way to nurture  the child even before they are born.
Since allergies and asthma derive  from hypersensitive immune responses, medical professionals are now assessing  the effect that probiotic supplements have on those conditions.
With over  100 trillion bacterial microorganisms living in the human gut, it is absolutely  necessary to have a proper balance of gut flora for an immune system to grow  strong. Gut bacteria balance may be one of the most overlooked health systems in  the human body today, noting the massive over prescription of antibiotics, which  destroy good gut flora. Medical science could eliminate many modern day,  heavy-metal laden vaccinations if more people understood that a strong immune  system begins in the gut.

Antibiotics destroy good gut flora

Antibiotics, which kill both bad and  beneficial bacteria, are overprescribed and consumed without regard to the  damage they are doing to beneficial bacteria in the gut. In the US, with a  population hovering around 309 million, 258 million courses of antibiotics were  prescribed in 2010 alone. This over prescription onslaught renders immune systems  weak over the long haul, especially since antibiotics are widely consumed in  commercial meat, also trickling down through the water supply.
This is  why many diseases and allergies today actually originate in the digestive  system. An unbalanced gut, where the good bacteria are depleted, becomes a host  for disease. Studies show how probiotic supplements heal and seal a person’s gut lining, keeping pathogens from  penetrating into the blood. In a weak gut, where pathogens overrun the good  bacteria, disease can penetrate the gut wall, get into the blood and pass into  other organs, even the brain.

Probiotics taken during pregnancy lower baby’s allergy risk

Dr. Erick  Forno of Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, reports on the new connection  between probiotics and children’s allergies, “Based on our findings, probiotics have a protective effect against allergies.” In the trial, probiotics in pill  form were used, but Forno believes that “dietary probiotics like those in  yogurt” could alternatively be effective.
During the study, Forno’s team  analyzed the results of 25 individual cases. These cases included both probiotic  supplements given during pregnancy and probiotics  given during a child’s first year. The studies were also compared to mothers and  babies randomly assigned probiotic placebo supplements.
During the  trials, mothers were given doses of probiotics daily and sometimes more often  over the course of from a few months to an entire year.
The results were  matched up to the health of their children later in life, notably testing for  common allergies – such as peanut or pollen. A questionnaire was also given to  parents to see if their children showed signs of asthma.

Mother’s important role in passing on immune system to their baby

What  they found was that babies exposed to probiotics in the womb had a 12 percent  lower allergy risk than the other children. There was no significant change in  allergy incidence in babies that were started on probiotics after birth. The  results imply that the strength of a mother’s immune system is very important,  as it is passed on to the baby. Mothers play an important role in building the  health foundation of their children.
Mimi Tang, director of the  department of allergy and immunology at Royal Children’s Hospital in Parkville,  Australia, says, “Postnatal Probiotics may not be necessary to see a beneficial  effect, but further studies would be needed to clarify that point.”
Other  important factors to be studied should include whether the mothers breastfed  early on. The colostrum from breast milk passes on specific immune system  building antibodies that help build a babies gut health.
If the mothers in the study were found to have breastfed early  on, then a connection could be shown as to why probiotics taken during pregnancy  have such a vital impact on the immune system health of the baby.
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