Editor’s Note: This post is not intended as medical advice. Always consult a medical professional or physician before treatment of any kind.
A few years ago, when my first son was a baby, I had no idea what the term “gut health” meant. After nursing him for over two years and successfully introducing solids at 6 months old, I thought I had the whole ‘baby feeding’ thing down pat by the time my second son was born. But boy, was I unprepared for the tummy issues he had.
After weeks of eczema and extreme fussiness, I began altering my diet, since everything I consumed was getting passed to him through breastfeeding. Through much trial and error, research, specialist visits, and tears, I finally figured out that he had a “leaky gut” and food protein intolerances — that may or may not develop into allergies.
As a result, I’ve been dairy-free and gluten-free ever since. Not only do I now know all about gut health and the balance of bacteria needed in our digestive tracts to help us digest food and protect us from disease, but I think about it every single day.
When I recently saw an article detailing new research on how baby poop can hold more information than we thought about infants’ gut health, I knew I had to read it. The report, published this week in the journal mSphere, suggests that pH levels in human bodies are rising — and have been doing so since the 1920s — with the most rapid progression occurring after 1980. This matters because pH is a measure of acidity, which can provide important information about a baby’s microbiome — the community of bacteria centralized in our gut that impacts multiple bodily functions, including food absorption and immune response.
Researchers now believe that the increase in allergies and asthma in our young people could be attributed to this rise in pH.
“This steady increase…