As the world boasts its technological advancements, people are dependent on hi-tech equipment and devices in dominating their daily lives, and health issues are slowly arising because of technology’s impacts. In particular, scientists assume that technology plays a critical role in the increasing cases of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) in children. Spending hours of watching media entertainment can catch the interests of children, but it is disturbingly ironic that it can alter a child’s ability to focus and listen attentively.
Surprisingly, ADHD/ADD can now be potentially prevented on a fetus inside a mother’s womb, thanks to a newly discovered science. People might taste better relationships and communication with the help of integrating science and implementing changes in lifestyle especially removing technological toxins that hinder human development.
“Perinatal mental health can be improved or hindered depending on the level of supportive relationships within couples, families, and communities.” –Shana Averbach, LMFT
The IGF2 or Insulin-like Growth Factor 2 belongs to the three protein hormones in the body that resembles insulin’s structure. Researchers stated that IGF2, a gene that is supposed to be compromised through a mother’s fatty and sugary diet, contributes to the development of a fetus’ brain. King College London’s director of the developmental psychopathology lab, Edward Barker, remarked on this discovery. He stated that these findings indicate that encouraging mothers in a healthy antepartum diet essentially contributes to reducing the symptoms of ADHD/ADD in children. “Children who have been diagnosed with ADHD are at a much higher risk of developing noncompliant or negative behaviors than a child who does not have ADHD.” Kara Tamanini, M.S., LMHC said.
Furthermore, initial findings reveal that the primary influence of the genetic development of a baby is due to a mother’s eating lifestyle. Baker proceeded that the DNA methylation, a process that interprets the IGF2 can mainly contribute to how a person’s genetic makeup might influence a fetus’ development following the danger exposures such as poor nourishment.
Generally, the study conducted encourages people in engaging in healthy eating, avoiding processed foods rich in preservatives, eating less meat, and consuming plant-based ingredients for better health improvement.
Through specific gut bacteria investigation, doctors are now scratching a deeper surface in identifying the effects of probiotics or good bacteria added to the urinary, reproductive, and intestinal tract to improve human health. Research suggests that utilizing good bacteria to pregnant women can likely strengthen both the fetus and mother’s overall health condition.
On the other hand, supplementing probiotics on mothers, especially an active community of microbiomes can lead to asymptomatic vaginal infections, which are assumed to be transferable to babies. It can still be avoided by following the proper probiotic protocol which eventually can eliminate the impacts of vaginal infections.
Moreover, ADHD/ADD is not the only disorder that probiotics can prevent, but there are also a lot concerning mental health problems including mood disorders, bipolar disorders, schizophrenia, autism, and other psychiatric conditions.
Control the Risk
While having a baby inside a mother’s womb, numerous ways can be done by mothers to prevent ADHD/ADD and autism’s development of newborn babies. Dr. Debby Hamilton, a holistic practitioner, enumerated several dos and don’ts to avoid ADHD/ADD evolution.
Consuming organic food, fish oil supplements, and probiotic-rich foods can substantially help in the prevention of mental disorders. The practitioner also suggests taking a prenatal vitamin before pregnancy consistently and having a checkup on a mother’s thyroid hormones before beginning a pregnancy. Meanwhile, harmful chemicals are a significant contributor to ADHD/ADD development and mothers should avoid bringing toxic chemicals inside their home, using cosmetics with dangerous chemicals, drinking unfiltered water, allowing cell phone radiation near the belly, and gestational negligence. Note that “A balanced diet that includes lots of fiber helps keep your gut system running efficiently by helping to support a more diverse gut microbiome.” says John M. Grohol, Psy.D.
The globe’s science and health continue to emerge from simple and sophisticated ways to prevent health problems from worsening, but it takes a person’s perseverance and discipline to help them. In this vulnerable environment, one must not let their guards down from being cautious about the different health issues, particularly during pregnancy where new life forms.