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Nutrition Drill-Down: Growing Smarter Babies by Calming Inflammation

by • May 1, 2014 • 2014, Babies, Expert Advice, May 2014, Sports, Health & Fitness

By Roy Dittmann, OMD, MH, DM 

When you reduce the number of micro-infections in your body, levels of a dominant blood protein called albumin increase. High levels of albumin have been correlated with increased human intelligence and longevity.

We all harbor low-grade (subclinical) infections… some more than others. During pregnancy, you and your baby can become inflamed. Since brain inflammation and infection have been correlated to an increased risk of autism, schizophrenia, diabetes, and suppressed cognitive development, it is important to take steps to reduce inflammation and protect yourself from infection while you are pregnant.

Top 7 Causes of Inflammation During Pregnancy

1) Low grade and acute infections. Examples include periodontal infections, fungal infections (e.g. Candida), herpes, ’ghost infections’ from vaccines, colds and flus. You can take steps to reduce your risk. Reduce your stress levels and reduce your intake of caffeine, sugar, carbs, alcohol, gluten, corn, and soy, while boosting your intake of green vegetables, complex carbohydrates, and healthy protein.

2) Parasites. For example, toxoplasma gondii now infects 45% of the population thanks to contaminated produce and cat-to-human contact. Like a sleeping dragon, dormant toxoplasma gondii in the brain can be awakened by anything that triggers an inflammatory (cytokine) reaction (i.e. anything on this list).

3) Heavy metals. Sources of heavy metals include contaminated fish, vaccines, and mercury fillings. To reduce your exposure, boost your glutathione levels by taking glutathione along with a broad spectrum B vitamin and glutathione support supplement. In addition, supplement with high doses of vitamin C.

4Pesticides. Pesticides, especially the ones sprayed on GMO foods, have been linked to autism, and other neurological conditions. Choose organic and reduce the amount of times per week you eat out. Restaurant food is almost always riddled with pesticides.

5) Plastics. All food and drinks packaged in plastic including BPA-free plastics, should be avoided as much as possible.

6) Food allergies. Sensitivities to gluten, and GMO corn and soy can trigger chronic inflammation and contribute to infection. During pregnancy, steer clear of these common food allergens, while boosting healthy probiotic levels.

7) Artificial preservatives, flavorings, and sweeteners. From aspartame and sucralose to msg and nitrates, food additives should be eliminated from your diet.

 

Reducing Infection by Practicing Pregnancy Hygiene

During pregnancy and after your baby is born, you can prevent colds, flus, sinus infections, and vaginal infections by taking frequent “hygiene baths.” Here are two recipes for success.

Daily Hygiene Bath (maintenance):

1) Fill your bath 1/2 way with warm/hot water.

2) Add 1 cup of hydrogen peroxide (3% solution)

3) Add 1 cup of iodized salt

Hygiene Bath For When You Are Feeling Under the Weather:

1) Fill your bath 1/2 way with warm/hot water.

2) Add 1/2 cup of iodine (povidone iodine is fine)

3) Add 1 cup of iodized salt

In both cases, soak in the warm bath for 15 minutes. While in the bath, submerge your face and gently bring the water into the base of your nose and quickly exhale the water. Repeat several times. This gently washes out the nasal sinuses tackling infection where it begins.

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Roy Dittmann, OMD, MH, DM is the author of “Brighton Baby: A Revolutionary Organic Approach to Having an Extraordinary Child – The Complete Guide to Preconception & Conception.” Find Dr. Dittmann on Facebook (Brighton Baby) and at BrightonBaby.com.

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