New Healthy Trend Involves Baby Poop And Your Stomach?

Some researchers are currently studying the link between microbes in baby poop, and how ingesting them can give us a healthier gut & digestion.

By nowproducerdave on August 27, 2018
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Literally consuming baby poop. I don’t use the word “literally” lightly, either. There’s some research being conducted that is trying to see if baby poop is healthy. I DO NOT want to be a part of this research, and I truly hope nobody I know is working on it either.

Ok, here we go with the details. Researchers are trying to figure out if the microbes in baby poo can help our adult guts. They’ve been testing baby poop on, or in rather, mice. Specifically they’re looking for short-chain fatty acids (SCFA). Those guys are responsible for keeping in good health and aiding protection from various diseases. So far they’ve found that just a single dose made a noticeable improvement in both mice and simulated human digestive tracts.

To translate this as easily as possible, they’re taking certain microbes out of baby poop. They then use them to make a “cocktail,” and administering it to a new host. The cocktail is showing improvement in overall gut health, and they believe that it can even be beneficial to diabetes patients. Obviously that day is probably pretty far out, since they have to research this more, and get approval. They chose baby poop for a couple reasons. One reason is because of their age and developmental cycle, they’re rich in microbes and are typically “free” of age-related diseases. Another reason is because, well, “Their poop is readily available,” says lead researcher Hariom Yadav. I bet his college professors told him his work was full of it, too. Joke’s on them now!

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