I read a fascinating study out of Montreal that followed 22 children over eight years. The study looked at the impact of childhood habits on gut flora.
This study was conducted at the Centre hospitalier universitaire Sainte-Justine, in Montreal, Quebec. The 22 children had multiple stool samples done over the eight years. What the researchers found was that children who were fit, sleeping well, and who had a generally healthy lifestyle, tended to have a much more diverse microbiome when they got older.
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In other words, childhood habits have a significant impact on the biodiversity of the microbiome. If you extrapolate those findings to adulthood, we can expect better mental, physical, and emotional health in those with a healthy lifestyle during childhood.
Encouraging your child to be fit, active, eat healthy foods, and put down the Xbox once in a while can make a big difference to their health in the long run.
Remember that the work I do is evidence-based. It’s not hocus pocus sort of fairy dust. It’s science-based information I like to present to people here because that’s what it’s all about. It combines the best of what science offers and the best of what nature offers. I like that sweet spot right in the middle there. I’ve always worked on that premise.