Alarming Increase In pH of Babies' Stool Indicates Loss of Critical Good Bacteria
A healthy gut microbiome is connected to everything from digestion to cognition to immunity and begins the day infants are born. We now know that the balance of good and bad bacteria in an infant’s gut directly impacts the pH levels of their stool. In this paper, the authors used the pH of infants’ stool to track how the infant gut microbiome has changed drastically over time.
First, there is a link between the type of bacteria in an infant’s gut and the pH of their stool: high levels of Bifidobacterium, the critical beneficial bacteria infants need for proper development of the immune system and metabolism, led to a lower fecal pH, while high levels of potentially harmful bacteria led to an elevated fecal pH. Next, using data previously reported on over 300 breastfed babies, there is an alarming increase in fecal pH over the past 100 years in developed countries such as the US, indicating a loss of Bifidobacterium in the infant gut.
The study concluded that several generations of formula feeding, antibiotic use, and C-section delivery have disrupted the infant gut microbiome, causing most of the infants born in your care today to be missing the beneficial bacteria Bifidobacterium. In its place, other potentially pathogenic bacteria are allowed to thrive, resulting in a dramatic increase in the pH of infant’s stool. The good news is that this clinical provides another reason to start the infants in your care on Evivo…in addition to our previously published landmark clinical trial on substantially and persistently restoring Bifidobacterium in the infant gut. Together we can return fecal pH to healthy historical levels!