The first few years of a child’s life are extremely critical and telling of what their nutritional health in the future will hold. All body systems develop during the first eight weeks after conception. The 3 different times that we pass on a healthy microbiome to our children are during pregnancy, vaginal birth, and while breastfeeding. While you are pregnant, probiotic use is also recommended and at 8 weeks is when the embryo’s digestive system starts to form. During vaginal birth the most important exposure to bacteria occurs as the baby travels down the birth canal and during breastfeeding, the mother’s body will produce milk that provides sufficient nutrients for your baby’s immune system.
Acupuncturists, as well as Functional medicine doctors say that the gut is the basis for all well being and that is especially true for children’s digestive health. A functional medicine approach looks at the whole child. A care plan is made that allows your child to thrive. Which means more than to just be free from illness. Thriving is when development can explode, learning may flourish, and your child can begin functioning in ways you never thought possible. Once the brain is freed from inflammation and toxicity, and nutrients flush cells that have lacked them for months or years, big shifts happen. This is Alternative medicine – it allows you to function optimally.