From eNewsletter 8/19/2019
DID YOU KNOW that having a television in the bedroom during the preschool years can lead to mental and physical health problems in adolescence, a new study from Pediatric Research indicates?
Researchers examined whether there was a link between having a bedroom TV at age 4, during the neurodevelopmentally critical preschool period, and later physical, mental, and social problems in early adolescence. over a 9 year period.
Those who had a TV in the bedroom at age 4 had significantly higher body mass index, more unhealthy eating habits, lower levels of sociability, and higher levels of emotional distress, depressive symptoms, victimization and physical aggression, regardless of individual and family factors that would have predisposed them to such problems.
ALL 3 STAGES MATTER FOR A HEALTHY CHILD
Steve and Bonnie: Several recent studies accentuate the impetus to not only optimally prep yourself for fertility, but for pregnancy and breastfeeding.
A study from American Journal of Clinical Nutrition examined nutrition outcomes in preschoolers who were breastfed beyond 12 months of age. Not surprisingly, breastfeeding for 12 months of age or less was associated with decreased nutrition risk and healthier eating behaviors and dietary intake at 3 to 5 years of age. When compared to preschoolers who were not breastfed, the results were startling in the breastfed children's favor.
Fiber A diet rich in fiber is important during pregnancy to promote the wellbeing of the mother and child. Plant-based fiber is broken down in the gut by bacteria into factors that influence the immune system. Authors of a study that appeared in Nature Communications said higher levels of acetate from fiber fermentation in the gut is associated with less risk of the common and serious pregnancy-related condition preeclampsia. Preeclampsia affects the development of an important fetal immune organ, the thymus. Fetuses in preeclamptic pregnancies were found to have a much smaller thymus than children from healthy pregnancies. The cells the thymus normally generates, called T cells (thymus-derived cells), specifically those associated with the prevention of allergies and autoimmune conditions such as diabetes, also remained lower in infants after preeclampsia, even four years after delivery. Mediterranean Diet Pregnant women at high risk for developing gestational diabetes may be less likely to experience this complication when they switch to a Mediterranean diet instead of sticking with their usual eating habits, a recent study in PLoS Medicine suggests. NOTE: Gestational diabetes is often misdiagnosed in those who are corn intolerant because of the dextrose solution used for the test. If your level is high after taking the dextrose solution, DO NOT settle for that reading. Have your physician test you with pure maple syrup, which is the glycemic equivalent of dextrose solution. We have prevented many women from being diagnosed with GD by doing this!
Prenatal micronutrient supplements should be considered as "uniquely effective first steps in decreasing risk for future psychiatric and other illnesses in newborn children," conclude the authors of research from American Journal of Psychiatry.
Key findings include the following:
-Folic acid has benefits for the development of the fetal brain and subsequent child behavior and cognition. -Omega-3 fatty acids decrease the risk for both premature birth and childhood wheezing. -Phosphatidylcholine supplements have been found to promote the development of the fetal brain and to subsequently affect childhood behavior. -Higher serum levels of vitamins A and D appear to promote brain development and to decrease risk for schizophrenia.
-Choline, an essential B vitamin nutrient, can prevent fetal brain developmental problems that often occur after prenatal maternal infections such as colds and influenza (flu). The study's findings, published in the Journal of Pediatrics, are critical because viruses, such as the flu, in pregnant women, have been linked with fetal brain problems and mental illness like Attention Deficit Disorder and Schizophrenia later in life.
Colds and flu are often unavoidable, but choline can helps the baby's brain develop properly. Little or no amounts of choline are present in most prenatal vitamins, except the one we recommend of course, which has plenty of choline :)
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