This study was conducted by researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital and published in the June 15 issue of Science Translational Medicine. Its discoveries may help us better understand how the gut microbiome is established in us from the very beginning of life and how the combination of microbes in individual children may contribute to the risk of developing conditions like type 1 diabetes and inflammatory bowel disease. A key finding of the study was that “Children who had been exposed to antibiotic treatment had a reduction in the diversity of their microbial population…”.
Impact of Antibiotic Treatment on Infant Gut Microbiome
We know how important our gut flora diversity and balance can be to both for physical and mental health. Here are several resources on our site for this.
It’s important to look for common infections like Candida that can disrupt our healthy gut flora and release toxins. We also know that oral antibiotics can decrease healthy gut flora and give the opportunity for bad flora to take over, like Candida. Proper gut balance can be restored by identifying infections via the Organic Acids Test, treating those infections with natural means when possible, and restoring the gut flora with high quality and diverse probiotics. Read this article and view this webinar for more information on the benefit of probiotics: