Keeping CRP levels low

Recently, some well-designed studies have pointed out a link between increased maternal inflammation and a negative impact on infant brain development during pregnancy.  We can track inflammation with a blood test called CRP and in Finland a very large study indicated that high CRP blood levels during pregnancy could impair emotional development later in childhood.  How do mothers keep CRP levels low?  The answer is straight forward:

  • Don’t smoke
  • Keep your teeth in good shape, floss and brush regularly
  • Eat lots of fruits and veggies
  • Exercise 40 minutes 5 days a week
  • Avoid deep fried foods

These simple good habits will give your child a “head” start.

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