Infographic: The role of the gut for lifelong health

Title: Infographic: The role of the gut for lifelong health

Published: June 20, 2024

Our gut plays a central role in maintaining our health throughout our lives. It serves as a multifunctional powerhouse, influencing several aspects of our wellbeing – from digestion and metabolism, to immunity, brain function and even mood regulation!

At Danone Research & Innovation, we have spent over 50 years investigating the intricacies of gut health, from early life into adulthood and beyond. Every day, our researchers leverage their unparalleled expertise to better understand the impact of nutrition on the gut microbiota. Here are some of their insights:

    • Our gut microbiota, composed of approximately 100 trillion microorganisms residing in our digestive tract, profoundly influences human health and disease. Maintaining its balance through a nutritious and diverse diet is key to support gut function.
    • The first 1,000 days of life are crucial in shaping the composition and diversity of the gut microbiota, laying the foundation for a lifetime of good health.
    • As we age, the gut microbiota often experiences a significant decrease in number and overall species diversity. Food innovations, such as probiotic fermented foods, have the potential to support the gut and enhance overall health.
    • It is not uncommon for ill patients to experience gastrointestinal problems due to medical treatments, lifestyle and dietary changes that can disrupt the balance of the gut microbiota. Specific nutritional solutions can aid in the recovery process by ensuring optimal nutrient intake.

Curious to learn more? Check-out our infographic and discover our latest work in Gut Health