The Microbiome by Stephanie Morish, Holistic Nutrition Consultant

Microbiome 101

The missing link in the health of many babies being born today is establishing the presence of a healthy inner ecosystem also known as the microbiome. You may have heard of the microbiome - the miniature world made up of trillions of microscopic organisms that flourish within the human gastrointestinal tract. For both mother and baby, we want the good microflora to outnumber the bad. If a mother does not nourish her gut microbiome during pregnancy, she will not have as much beneficial bacteria to impart to her child during birth. Babies who lack good bacteria at birth may be at risk for a number of health issues, including weakened immunity and poor digestive health that can lead to colic and constipation. Weakened immunity and poor gut health can also leave a baby vulnerable to more serious childhood diseases. Supporting your inner ecosystem during pregnancy is the best thing you can do for your baby's lifelong health.

There is also a lot mom can do after birth to ensure proper development and maintenance of her baby’s inner ecosystem. Baby needs a healthy gut with lots of beneficial microflora to build a strong immune system and be able to digest mother’s milk. Babies who lack an abundance of good bacteria at the beginning of life can suffer from uncomfortable digestive issues such as gas, colic, reflux and constipation. Additionally, babies need sufficient beneficial bacteria to prevent the development of allergies and food sensitivities that are so common today.

Mother’s milk is the gold standard for baby’s nutrition. Mom’s post-natal diet is very important as her nutrients and bacteria will be transferred to baby. There is also a place for probiotics in baby nutrition, helping to inoculate baby’s gut and digest mother’s milk. Every child needs a strong inner ecosystem to help them become healthy, vibrant human beings with strong immunity! In the Pre- and Post- Natal Gut Health workshop on Friday, September 23 rd , holistic nutritionist Stephanie Morish will walk you through everything you need to know about gut health. She will explain why a healthy microbiome is important for mama and baby’s health and how to establish a healthy gut in yourself and your baby, before, during and after pregnancy.

Stephanie Morish is a Certified Holistic Nutrition Consultant and Natural Foods Chef. She provides one-on- one coaching to support clients in developing healthy and sustainable nutrition and lifestyle habits. Stephanie specializes in women’s health, hormone balance, digestive/gut health, fertility, pregnancy and weight loss. She combines holistic nutrition, Ayurvedic medicine and lifestyle counseling to assist her clients in achieving balance and reaching their fullest health potential. Stephanie’s private practice is located at Botanica Wellness Sanctuary in City Park, Denver. To learn more about Stephanie, check out her website.