Ba­sic guide­lines to hav­ing a baby (2)

The Punch - - HEALTHWISE - Have an STD check

The top six en­vi­ron­men­tal tox­ins to avoid are the fol­low­ing:

Pes­ti­cides:

They are found in non-or­ganic fruits and vegeta­bles, meat, dairy and un­fil­tered tap wa­ter

Formalde­hyde:

This can be found in air fresh­en­ers, de­odor­ants, floor pol­ish, upholstery clean­ers

Th­ese are found in plas­tic con­tain­ers and they can leach into food and wa­ter.

Bisphe­nols: Or­ganic sol­vents:

Th­ese petroleum-based liq­uids are found in house­hold prod­ucts, elec­tron­ics, car re­pair, health care, pho­tog­ra­phy, agri­cul­ture, print­ing, con­struc­tion and cos­met­ics, as well as dry-clean­ing chem­i­cals, paint fumes and many more. Oc­ca­sional ex­po­sure to one or the other toxic chem­i­cal is not of con­cern. What is of con­cern is ac­cu­mu­la­tion of th­ese chem­i­cals over a long pe­riod.

Don’t drink un­fil­tered tap wa­ter. Our water­ways are con­stantly be­ing pol­luted by in­dus­trial waste and byprod­ucts, phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal drugs, pes­ti­cides, her­bi­cides and com­mer­cial clean­ing prod­ucts.

heavy met­als are the most com­mon of the re­pro­tox­ins reach­ing our wa­ter sup­ply through in­dus­trial waste, jet fuel ex­haust residue and a va­ri­ety of other sources. Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal drugs are com­monly found in tap wa­ter. Be­cause the drugs do not me­tab­o­lize fully, small quan­ti­ties are ex­creted via fe­ces and urine and flushed away. Minute quan­ti­ties of chemo­ther­apy drugs, con­tra­cep­tive pills, an­tide­pres­sants, anx­i­ol­i­tics, an­abolic steroids, HRT (hor­mone re­place­ment ther­apy), heart drugs etc. have been found in tap wa­ter.

Use a dual fil­tra­tion sys­tem. Buy a dual fil­tra­tion wa­ter sys­tem that fil­ters par­ti­cles smaller than 1 mi­cron (this will fil­ter out the drugs and heavy met­als). Use the fil­ter in your shower and your kitchen.

Aim to eat an op­ti­mal fer­til­ity diet

In the first trimester of preg­nancy your grow­ing em­bryo will in­crease 20 mil­lion times. In the first eight weeks, your baby’s or­gans, hands, fingers, legs, feet, head, eyes, nose, ears etc. are be­ing con­structed. To en­sure the best pos­si­ble foun­da­tions are laid down dur­ing this phase, you want to make sure there are plenty of build­ing blocks in the form of the right nu­tri­ents in the right com­bi­na­tions.

What does a fer­til­ity diet con­tain?

An op­ti­mal fer­til­ity diet is about what to avoid as much as it is about what to in­clude. A fer­til­ity diet should be as fresh as pos­si­ble and or­ganic wher­ever pos­si­ble. Key el­e­ments are: good qual­ity pro­tein sources (fa­vor veg­etable sources of pro­tein) and good fats.

What should you eat?

Or­ganic meat in small quan­ti­ties, game, small deepsea fish like sar­dines and red snapper, or­ganic legumes home cooked (not canned).

Whole grains, nuts, seeds, vegeta­bles that are bet­ter steamed not raw, very small amount of fruits and not af­ter 4pm in the evening, or­ganic where pos­si­ble.

In­crease your con­sump­tion of good fats and avoid dan­ger­ous fats. Good fats in­clude mo­noun­sat­u­rated fats in olive oil, polyun­sat­u­rated fats in oily fish and nuts and mid­chain fatty acids found in co­conut oil.

For cook­ing use clar­i­fied but­ter (ghee) or co­conut but­ter (with­out fla­vor) as they do not be­come un­sta­ble when heated.

For non-heated oil re­quire­ments (sal­ads etc) use cold pressed olive oil, flaxseed oil and nut oils.

Avoid dan­ger­ous fats

Did you know – con­sum­ing trans fats hid­den in foods such as; dough­nuts, bis­cuits, lol­lies, candy, choco­late, chips, pies, fries, take away and thou­sands of other foods may in­crease your risk of in­fer­til­ity by as much as 70 per­cent? Sci­en­tists from the har­vard Univer­sity School of Pub­lic health ad­vise women want­ing to get preg­nant to avoid all trans fats.

Min­imise an­i­malderived oe­stro­gen

Dairy prod­ucts ac­count, on the aver­age, for 6070 per­cent of oe­stro­gen con­sumed. We usu­ally as­so­ciate dairy and drink­ing milk with cal­cium, and never think about what else we may be con­sum­ing along with the cal­cium (and dairy, by the way is not the best source of cal­cium). here is and can come down re­ally badly with a cold or flu. Your nat­u­ral pro­tec­tion has been sup­pressed so that your baby can de­velop prop­erly.

An ab­nor­mal im­mune re­sponse to the im­plan­ta­tion of the fer­til­ized egg is or­ches­trated by Th1 cy­tokines. Rather than sup­press­ing your killer cells they stim­u­late their ac­tiv­ity. This can lead to de­fects and the loss of the fe­tus. The two most widely spread food in­tol­er­ances are gluten and dairy. I rec­om­mend all my pa­tients have an IGG im­munoglob­u­lin test done to check if you are dairy and gluten in­tol­er­ant. But since most peo­ple have some level of al­lergy to gluten and/or dairy, it’s ad­vis­able to avoid gluten and dairy al­to­gether dur­ing the pre­con­cep­tion and preg­nancy pe­riod.

Most peo­ple be­lieve both they and their part­ner are STD free. how­ever there are some STD’S which can be asymp­to­matic, mean­ing that you may not be aware you have them, as there are no ob­vi­ous symp­toms. One such STD is a Chlamy­dia in­fec­tion. In men, a Chlamy­dia in­fec­tion can lead to sperm ab­nor­mal­i­ties, in­clud­ing sperm an­ti­bod­ies. In women, it can lead to scar­ring, blocked tubes and mis­car­riage. In women vagi­nal dis­charge that have fishy odor or of­fen­sive odor in­di­cate a de­gree of STD.

A study found 60 per cent of asymp­to­matic male part­ners of in­fected fe­males at­tend­ing a fer­til­ity clinic were found to be in­fected with Chlamy­dia. Most STD’S are easy to treat, so it pays for both part­ners to have an STD check. There is no point in only one part­ner go­ing for a test as the other part­ner can re-in­fect them again.

To be con­tin­ued.

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