Mar 11 2018

Why is the pH of infant poop changing?

Published by at 2:40 pm under pH Balance,probiotic supplements,Womens Health

Why is the pH of infant poop changing?
A strong microbiome is important for the long term health of babies and that’s why a change in pH in baby poop has researchers concerned.


You can tell a lot about a person from the look of their poop. I know this isn’t a popular subject at most cocktail parties, but in the world of probiotics it is common place and downright fascinating. It can tell us if someone is eating enough, getting enough fiber, getting enough water and if you look really close through a microscope, it reveals a world of bacteria that can tell us the health of the microbes residing there. *

The same goes for baby poop and a recent study has revealed some interesting news about infant feces of babies born of late. This research may hold the key as to why there has been an increase in allergies and asthma in children in recent decades. This study, headed by Bethany Henrick of the University of Nebraska and Evolve BioSystems Inc. and published in the American Society for Microbiology journal mSphere, “…connects this rise in pH to a generational loss of Bifidobacterium, a critical gut bacteria during infancy, and an accompanying increase in a number of harmful bacteria…”(1,2,3)* 

In this recent report, they stated that “…“A review of 14 clinical studies published between 1926 and 2017, representing more than 312 healthy breastfed infants, demonstrated a change in fecal pH from 5.0 to 6.5,”  This change has accelerated since 1980.1*

In their study, they found that pH levels can be an easy way to measure the amount of beneficial bacteria in an infant’s digestive system. Their focus was especially targeted at a group of bacteria called Bifidobacterium. These bacteria break down milk and produce acids that show up in the baby’s waste. One species in particular of Bifidobacteria, called B. infantis, can indicate if  a baby has a healthy gut. “…The loss of Bifidobacterium and the profound change in the gut environment, as measured by fecal pH, present a compelling explanation for the increased incidence of allergic and autoimmune diseases observed in resource-rich nations…”1*

 “There is clear evidence that the infant gut microbiome has important long-term health implications, and perturbations of the microbiome composition may lead to chronic inflammation and immune-mediated diseases,” the researchers reported…”1*

Additionally, “The loss of Bifidobacterium and the profound change in the gut environment, as measured by fecal pH, present a compelling explanation for the increased incidence of allergic and autoimmune diseases observed in resource-rich nations.” It seems the medical community has overlooked this steady increase in the fecal pH of infants over the last several generations, one that seems to demonstrate there has been a major disruption in the gut of our infants. Researchers are concluding that this could be the reason for the increase in allergies and autoimmune disorders so common among today’s children. 1*

There are several factors that can affect the health of a baby’s microbiome:

The health of the mother

It is important the mother is taking care of herself before, during and after pregnancy. The health of her own gut will get passed on to her baby. Starting on Body Biotics™ Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™ well ahead of pregnancy, (at least 6 months), will help establish a healthy gut and strong immune system. Eating organic, nutrient rich foods, drinking lots of water and exercise, are equally important. Getting pregnant when you are strong and healthy will help ensure a healthy pregnancy and healthy baby.

Birth canal vs. C-Section

Babies, when born vaginally, are bathed in the microbes of their mother. This “microbial bath” sets the baby up for a  strong immune system that will benefit them for life. .”… Infants receive their first microbial inoculation at the time of delivery. These inoculated bacteria reflect the microbiota (gut flora) of the mother’s vagina and gastrointestinal tract…” (4,5)*

While C-section rates in the US have been declining since 2007, one-third of births, or 1.2 million babies, were still delivered by C-section in 2015, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While C-sections can be lifesaving measure during many births, the optimal delivery method for establishing a healthy gut is through vaginal delivery.  C-section babies are more likely to end up with such medical conditions as asthma, eczema, type 1 diabetes, celiac disease and obesity later down the road. (4,5)*

Use of antibiotics by mother and baby.

When antibiotics are administered to the mother or baby at the time of birth, this wipes out the good bacteria that the baby needs to build a lifelong healthy immune system. While antibiotics can be life saving, they should only be taken when absolutely necessary. New research is suggesting that not all antibiotics must be taken for the full duration, which goes against everything we have learned in the past. Overtaking them is just as harmful as not taking enough. This is good news in that we want to take as few antibiotics as possible. (This will be for another blog.) 1*

Remember, your baby’s health is dependent on your health and the choices you make during pregnancy, delivery, breastfeeding and diet. Set your baby up for success by making the right choices. Take Body Biotics™ Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™ before, during and after pregnancy. This current research tells us it is more important than ever.

Note: Don’t start on Body Biotics™ during pregnancy because you don’t want  to detox while pregnant. Start them at least 6 months prior to getting pregnant for best results. *

Healthiest wishes,






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