The microbiome, the gut, and leaky gut are all terms we’ve become more familiar with in recent years, especially as research continues to uncover a link between gut health and immunity, mood and behavior, sleep, constipation, allergies, and more. As parents, we’re also becoming really interested in probiotics for babies and kids—a market estimated to reach $215.87 million by 2026.
We know that nutrition plays a significant role in gut health, but without enough real, whole foods and too many processed foods, our kids may not be getting the gut-healthy bacteria they need to thrive.
In this episode, I’m talking with Dr. William W. Li, a physician, scientist, and author of the New York Times bestseller, “Eat to Beat Disease,” about how to build a healthy gut microbiome starting in utero, ways to boost your kid’s gut health and the best foods to focus on. We also talk about how the habits of COVID-19, such as an increase in snacking, may affect our kids’ immune systems, and if probiotics for kids is a good idea.
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2:11 What is the microbiome and why is it important for all of us and our kids?
3:45 What does the microbiome have to do with immunity?
6:39 What does research suggest about gut health and COVID-19, including risk and severity?
17:21 What does research tell us about kids’ gut health today?
24:13 What role does nutrition play in gut health and are the foods kids eat detrimental to their health?
32:27 What are the best ways for listeners to boost their kids’ gut health starting during pregnancy?
42:11 Will kids’ snacking habits combined with increased handwashing during COVID-19 affect their immune systems long term?
45:18 Should kids take probiotics?
49:57 Where can listeners go to get more information about these food issues and about you?
LINKS MENTIONED IN THE SHOW
Dr. William W. Li’s New York Times bestselling book, “Eat To Beat Disease”
Learn more about Dr. William W. Li on his website
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