It's important to have a healthy gut to keep the body functioning properly. When a person experiences problems with digestion, they may want to consider an organic detox to get their health back on track. A new study from Texas A&M University has found that one way to promote a healthy gut in children is to breastfeed them in infancy.
The study showed that breastfed babies tend to have healthier digestive systems than formula-fed infants.
“Our findings suggest that human milk promotes the beneficial crosstalk between the immune system and microbe population in the gut, and maintains intestinal stability," said researcher Robert Chapkin.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breastfeeding for the first six months of life. According to the American Pregnancy Association, there are multiple benefits to breastfeeding, since breast milk contains many proteins, vitamins and healthy carbohydrates.
Among other beneficial substances is lactose, which may also promote a healthy gut. According to the organization, lactose helps to decrease unhealthy bacteria levels in the stomach, while working to improve the body's ability to absorb calcium, phosphorus and magnesium. It also promotes the growth of healthy bacteria in the stomach.
Some women may not be able to breastfeed. If this is the case, there are other options besides formula. For example, the American Pregnancy Association states that lactation consultants can be found at many hospitals and can help teach women to breastfeed effectively, or there may be milk banks in some areas that may provide mothers with donated breast milk.
Finally, the National Institutes of Health states that women who breastfeed have an easier time losing weight, a lower risk of heart disease and may possibly have less chance of developing breast and ovarian cancers.