First foods

First Foods and Gut Microbes

Martin F. Laursen1, Martin I. Bahl1, Kim F. Michaelsen2 and Tine R. Licht1

1National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark, Søborg, Denmark, 2Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports, University of Copenhagen, Frederiksberg, Denmark

The establishment of the human gut microbiota in early life has been associated with later health and disease. During the 1st months after birth, the microbial composition in the gut is known to be affected by the mode of delivery, use of antibiotics, geographical location and type of feeding (breast/formula). Consequently, the neonatal period and early infancy has attracted much attention. However, after this first period the gut microbial composition continues to develop until the age of 3 years, and these 1st years have been designated “a window of opportunity” for microbial modulation.

Frontiers in Microbiology  DOI: 10.3389/fmicb.2017.00356
25 APRIL 2024