Antibiotics and health have been discussed for many years now, and as the investment in cleanliness has taken deep root in our societies, the long term effects on human health are being documented through research.
A fantastic article in Speigel Online describes the rich microbial life in and on our bodies, and how western lifestyle choices, such as antibiotic medicine and soap, change the delicate balance of microbial life in the intestinal tract, thereby affecting digestion and assimilation. Here is another article again describing the 10% human, 90% microbial life and future digestion for baby and how c sections affect health.
There exist over 1000 species and 100 trillion bacteria creating more than 100 times of genes than the human host. The article describes how taking antibiotics can irreparably damage the diverse microbial life inside our intestinal tract and have a variety of health effects, such as obesity, alzheimers, and arteriosclerosis, depression and rheumatism, as well as other medical illnesses. The interesting nulldescribes how a c section can effect a childs health due to the lack of exposure to bacteria in the vagina which helps baby digest mothers milk.
“When a newborn slides through the birth canal, it is automatically inoculated with lactobacilli from the mother’s vagina — precisely the bacteria that the infant requires to digest the mother’s milk.
But during a C-section, this natural colonization can no longer take place. The baby is colonized at random, often by airborne bacteria from surfaces within the delivery room.
The microbiota of C-section children differ from their naturally born peers even a full seven years after birth.”
Personally I craved Kim Chi and ate a lot of goat milk yogurt during my pregnancy. Fruits and vegetables along with a variety of whole grains made up the most part of my diet. Probiotics can be very helpful after birth to help with the effects of the surgery and meds provided after the c section. You can speak to your Dr or a health provider who knows how to use diet to help your health.