Tiny Health: Healing Family Gut Dysbiosis + The Missing Link Between Child Chronic Condition Crisis (Cheryl Sew Hoy)

Wellness + Wisdom | Episode 638

How is Tiny Health helping parents and children optimize their gut health?

Tiny Health: Healing Family Gut Dysbiosis + The Missing Link Between Child Chronic Condition Crisis (Cheryl Sew Hoy)Cheryl Sew Hoy, Founder of Tiny Health, joins Josh Trent on the Wellness + Wisdom Podcast, episode 638, to explain the correlation between parents' gut microbiome and their baby's gut health, why the first months of a baby's life define their health for the rest of their life, and how microbiome testing can prevent chronic diseases in children.

“If your child has poor and imbalanced gut health in the first 6-12 months of life, we can predict if the child is at higher risk for atopic march symptoms; eczema, allergy, and asthma.”Cheryl Sew Hoy

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In This Episode, Cheryl Sew Hoy Uncovers:

[01:30] Healing The Baby Microbiome

[08:45] C-Section Affects The Baby's Gut Health

  • The health care system is made to make money.
  • How breech birth taught Cheryl to advocate for herself.
  • The impact of C-section birth on the baby's health.
  • How to provide vaginal microbiomes for the baby when a mother gets a C-section.

[17:50] Optimizing The Mother's Microbiome

  • A mother should make sure her gut and vaginal microbiomes are healthy before passing them on to her baby.
  • Testing can help you optimize microbiome health.
  • You can take probiotics and pass them on to your baby through breastfeeding.
  • It takes much longer for adults to correct their microbiome.

[23:15] The Journey with Tiny Health

  • Why akkermansia is an essential intestinal bacteria.
  • The bacteria that are missing in the mother can be passed on to the baby from the father.
  • Chewing food for your baby can help their microbiome.
  • The infant microbiome development: mom matters
  • How Cheryl developed Tiny Health.

[30:15] Nature Heals Your Microbiome

  • Contact with animals makes children's microbiome more diverse.
  • We used to live 90% outdoors, but now we spend 90% of our time indoors.
  • You can intentionally expose your children to different microbes.
  • How Tiny Health is helping people to go back to nature.

[35:05] Asthma Prevention in Infants

[39:40] The Gut-Brain Axis Connection

  • Even successful people can be miserable.
  • How stress impacts the gut microbiome.
  • The mother's butyrate function affects her baby's behavior.
  • It has been proven that the gut influences allergies, eczema, and asthma in babies.
  • Why we're in a pediatric chronic condition crisis.

[44:00] New Technology for Microbiome Testing

[49:15] How to Heal Gut Dysbiosis

  • How Tiny Health achieved to make the test affordable.
  • Everything changes when you have a child.
  • Why Josh's son had gut dysbiosis.
  • The adult gut needs different foods than the baby gut.
  • You should test, not guess when you supplement.
  • What type of probiotics will actually help you improve your gut.
  • How Tiny Health is tracking strains of bacteria.

[56:00] Most Supplements Don't Absorb Well

[59:05] Antibiotics VS Gut Health

  • How to restore a baby's microbiome if you had a C-section.
  • The microbes you want to see in your child.
  • Babies can regain the good bacteria within a month of taking probiotics.
  • Most children take antibiotics within the first year of life.
  • Ear infection doesn't need to be treated with antibiotics because it's viral, not bacterial.
  • Understanding what supplements are going to help or hurt your child.
  • Do your own research to advocate for your and your child's health.

[01:08:30] Excuses + Fear + Stress

[01:14:50] Healthy Microbiome = Healthy Lifestyle

  • How Tiny Health mixes the knowledge of academic professionals and holistic practitioners.
  • Why women should begin restoring their microbiome before they start trying to get pregnant.
  • A healthy microbiome is a lifestyle, not a one-time thing.
  • Why Cheryl's family's gut health got worse when they moved to Austin.
  • Why people often ask Cheryl about children's eczema and sleep.

[01:23:50] Tiny Health for Wellness

  • Why Tiny Health's reports are easy to understand for anyone.
  • How household cleaning products can negatively impact your baby's gut health.
  • Why Cheryl picks a different aspect of wellness to focus on during each season.
  • The social constructs we're facing in the world.

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Power Quotes From The Show

Check Your Baby's Gut

“A baby's microbiome is very malleable which is why in the early days it's so important to check and make sure that they have the right balance.”Cheryl Sew Hoy

Pregnancy Diet Affects The Child After Birth

“There's a connection between what the mom's diet is during pregnancy and her butyrate function. The mom's butyrate function during pregnancy affects the child's external behavior by 2 years of age which defines how extroverted or introverted they are and how they are able to express their feelings.”Cheryl Sew Hoy

Test, Not Guess

“We should test, not guess when you supplement. There is a danger of over supplementing a child or even adults with. If it colonizes, it may hamper the natural diversification that you want in a kid who's eating solids and exposed to a lot of different environmental microbes.”Cheryl Sew Hoy

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About Cheryl Sew Hoy

Tiny Health: Healing Family Gut Dysbiosis + The Missing Link Between Child Chronic Condition Crisis (Cheryl Sew Hoy)

Cheryl Sew Hoy is an accomplished founder of multiple companies including the non-profit #MovingForward, as well as a successful consumer software startup that was acquired by Walmart Labs in 2013.

In 2014, she was head-hunted by the White House to become CEO of MaGIC, an agency to spur the innovation ecosystem in Malaysia and Southeast Asia.

In 2020, Cheryl founded Tiny Health to take charge of her family's microbiome health after giving birth to her two children, when she realized that early-life microbiome imbalances are linked to many chronic conditions later in life.

Cheryl has extensive expertise in building consumer brands and has raised a total of $34M. She is an angel investor and advisor to many startups. Cheryl earned her master's degree in Engineering Management and Data Mining, and her bachelor's degree in Operations Research and Industrial Engineering from Cornell University, NY, both on full scholarships.

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Josh Trent lives in Austin, Texas with his love Carrie Michelle, son Novah, daughter Nayah + a cat named Cleo. He is the host of the Wellness + Wisdom Podcast and the creator of the BREATHE: Breath + Wellness Program. Josh has spent the past 20+ years as a trainer, researcher + facilitator discovering the physical and emotional intelligence for humans to thrive in our modern world. Helping humans LIBERATE their mental, emotional, physical, spiritual + financial self through podcasts, programs + global community that believe in optimizing our potential to live life well.

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