Think of your gut as a garden. In this garden, there are both vegetables and weeds. Whatever you add to that garden will either benefit or tear down the terrain of that garden. The better the terrain, the better the production of that garden. Just like that garden, your gut contains millions of strains of bacteria — some good; and some harmful.
Microorganisms in the human gastrointestinal tract form an intricate, living fabric of natural controls that affect your body weight, your energy level, and your ability to absorb nutrients from your food. Every human’s “garden” of gut microbes is unique, begins at birth, and is sensitive to environmental conditions.
Babies who are delivered vaginally are introduced immediately after birth to lactobacillus and Prevotella. These are beneficial bacterium. In contrast, babies delivered by C-section are initially exposed to the the microbes on the mother’s skin including staphylococcus. Why is this important? Just like that garden, there is a profound interaction between the microbes to which we are exposed, and our overall health. A dynamic interaction exists throughout your life between your gut, your brain, and your immune system. Because of this, children who start out life without the right balance of flora in their guts are more prone to exhibit symptoms that fit the diagnoses of autism, ADD/ADHD, asthma, allergies, and a host of other problems.