The importance of the first 1000 days of life

10 Jul 2019

by Cristina Sáez

From the moment we are conceived until we are 1000 days old, nutrition and gut microbiota play an essential role in laying the foundations of our health later in life.

A new article published in Nature reveals new information about the link between gut microbiota and infant development, evolution and the transition from infancy to childhood.

“Breast milk's first impact is to favour the colonisation of the gut by specific bacterial groups that can digest these sugar molecules,” said Thierry Hennet, a researcher at the Institute of Physiology at the University of Zurich, in a telephone interview with Gut Microbiota for Health.