HMO, Biomedical Sciences, Doctor Rhonda Patrick discussed on Babes and Babies
That thought before too I remember thinking I was just so tired and I'm like man it'd be so much easier. If veto could just give her bottles I don't have to like. Pump or worry about it. So he could get up in the night there too and And it was just reassuring hearing the science behind breast milk and I learned so much because. It's so amazing what our bodies do and how we are breast milk changes and just all the. I guess I don't know the right word I guess ingredients just all the factors in it that are beneficial to you and the baby. So she's going to educate us today on that and I can't wait for you guys see her interviews I'm going to get right to it. All right, everyone I've Doctor Rhonda Patrick here who I'm super excited about I've been following her for quite a while and she is a doctor and biomedical science and she's an expert on nutritional health and I've loved following her because she comes out with so much information. She's that person at dives in deep into fact since statistics and the science and just gives it to you real and so I'm so excited that she's here to talk to us about the science of breast milk. So thank you so much for coming on. Elizabeth for having me and as I mentioned earlier when we were chatting. A. Huge congratulations to you You just had your daughter. Was It ben like three weeks not even yet right not even been. Two and a half I feel like it definitely starts to go into a blur. So she was born on. September first. Yeah I mean the first couple of weeks or kind of like you're in a cave to because you'd like don't go outside. But like just a little background about myself, you know I am a scientist by training. Not a medical doctor. So I have a PhD in Biomedical Sciences You mentioned I've done research on aging using little nematode worms looking sort of the genetics of aging done research on cancer. And Cancer Metabolism. at St Jude, Children's Research Hospital which is where I did all my graduate work research and then I went on to do postdoctoral research in nutrition and metabolism where I did more work on the clinical side. Looking at how micronutrient deficiencies can affect metabolism can affect. You know basically the way you age and. So you know I. At that point sort of took A. Different Path from doing you know bench work and. Research and science at the bench and I decided to to get more into the communication aspect of it where I communicate science behind a variety of what I think are low hanging fruits, things that people can. Apply in their lives now to have a positive impact on their health mental health physical health have an impact on the way they age disease prevention and things like that. So that's that's my passion But three years ago I became a mother I gave birth to my son almost exactly three years ago so. So, of course my. My interest. Are are still an aging, but also now sort of shifted to child development. So that sort of a more more focus of your podcast is. yeah. Well, when you talk about aging I feel like that's obviously a whole nother episode but I know any mom's listening their ears perk up there like aging. Do you have secrets for like not aging you know 'cause there's so much information out there but I mean you dive into the micronutrient deficiencies which I mean again, that's such a wide topic, but you see so much just even in environmental change in our soil and so many different things that are affecting every single aspect of our lives down to now even breast milk. So the health of the MOM. I listened to your video which was fascinating because. You know it's amazing how resilient our bodies are our babies are. And how we're still. They're able to get the things that they need, but not all food is created equal. Yeah. You know. So the first the first food that a baby gets is ideally breast milk and I went before we talk. About a lot of the benefits of breast milk just sort of briefly mentioned that you know none of this is to diminish the hard work of mothers that have formula or partially form the Fed infants I mean there's You know there's there's many reasons challenges to some women who unfortunately can't breastfeed and so it's just important to realize I. as you mentioned earlier, you know the humans really can adapt and not only that but thrive in. Broad range of conditions. So that's not to say that you know babies that were that were Formula Fed Joan Excel right. So this is something I think. I'd like to mention sort of upfront. Absolutely. But Breast milk, it's it's it's very different from from you know cows, Malcolm, there's lots of really just amazing components to it. You WanNa probably the the most interesting aspects is the. Their breast milk has something in it. That is it's a complex indigestible sugar. It's called the human milk oligosaccharides or HMO's for short. Like two hundred different HMO's in breast milk and. They are. So it's basically a third most abundant factor after knock toast and fat. But they can't be digested by the baby at all and yet it's like the third most abundant factor and milk isn't that interesting right? Why is it there? How it has a very special purpose of setting up and feeding the infant gut microbiome, which you and I were chatting about a minute ago. So the bacteria in the gut. Do. Quote unquote eat these HMO's they ferment them and The. HMO's. Help to. Basically ward off any potential pathogenic type of bacteria that can grow and they really just. Help. The what's called commenced bacteria or the healthy bacteria in your gut flourish. So that is super cool you know that. You've got this these these complex indigestible.