Conceiving health: Planning for optimal parental health before pregnancy

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Conceiving health: Planning for optimal parental health before pregnancy

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Today we are addressing the critical relationship between gut health and cognitive function. It is important that we discuss how balance, and the reduction of chronic stress, are essential for the preservation of brain health.

Our discussion extends to the role of the gut in mental health, the damaging effects of chronic antibiotic use, and why personal coaching is indispensable in providing customized and empathetic recommendations.

I’ll also share personal reflections on my podcasting work, my decision to forgo a legal career in favor of a more fulfilling path in education and support, and the importance of understanding the immune system and its implications on mental health issues, such as anxiety and depression.

As a society increasingly focused on mental health and cognitive function, it’s important to recognize the critical role gut health plays in brain development, as well as, the significance of maintaining balance in our body’s ecosystems, especially in children.

This episode also emphasizes the importance of maternal health during pregnancy and its influence on a baby’s gut maturation. Proper timing in introducing solid foods is crucial, as well as ensuring a healthy development of the immune system. Planning conception is not only about the health of the baby but also about the parents’ well-being.

Dr. Laura goes beyond just discussing challenges; it’s about empowering you as individuals – specifically mothers concerned about their children’s development – with knowledge and resources to optimize health and brain function.

In this episode, we cover:

  • The connection between diet, gut microbiome, and mental well-being
  • The need for reducing stress to maintain brain health
  • An emphasis on the importance of community in personal wellness
  • Strategies for avoiding long-term therapy and breaking unhealthy patterns
  • The importance of considering each person’s unique history for proper guidance
  • The role of maternal health during pregnancy and its effects on childbirth
  • The significance of planning conception with optimal parental health in mind
  • The brain’s influence on health and early development

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More about Connect My Brain:

Why is this happening to my kid and what can I do about it? If you are the parent of a developmentally delayed child then you’ve probably asked this question more than once. That’s where I come in! I’m Dr. Laura Hanson and I specialize in identifying the “why” and telling you the “what.” Join me every Thursday for a deeper look at how our brains are wired and how to get the most out of your mind. Are you looking to break negative patterns, overcome mood disorders, or optimize your potential? Maybe your child struggles with ADHD, OCD or other learning difficulties. Tune in to Connect My Brain, where I explain concepts like biofeedback and neurofeedback, brainwave frequencies, and much more. Let me help you change your life by changing your mind! Contact me HERE.


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