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PART TWO - A: NUTRITIONAL FACTORS THAT SUPPORT CIRCADIAN HEALTH

Learn how nutritional factors including folate, choline, DHA, magnesium, serine, Vitamin D, and zinc support the circadian rhythm.

Summary:

  • Supporting hormones is one reason pregnant women need a high-protein diet1

  • Recommended reading: Lily Nichols’ book Real Food for Pregnancy

  • The amino acid (protein) tryptophan becomes serotonin and melatonin2

    • Melatonin is often considered representative of the circadian rhythm as a whole

    • Melatonin is anti-inflammatory3

    • Inflammation in pregnancy is associated with feeling crappy and having morning sickness4

  • Melatonin protects pregnancy5

  • Fluoride inhibits melatonin synthesis6

  • Folate needs many cofactors to work and donate methyl groups to DNA7

    • Folate can be produced by the microbiome in our digestive system8

    • Folate is degraded by UV light; skin pigmentation protects folate in cells9

    • Overcooking food, consuming diuretics, alcohol, sugar, refined carbohydrates, phytates from certain plant foods , certain medications, and taking certain medications can reduce folate’s bioavailability10

  • Q&A: talked about using this information to start conversations with providers; talked about the Brewer Pregnancy Diet…

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Circadian Pregnancy Workshop
Set your baby up for a lifetime of healthy circadian rhythms! On-demand video workshop originally recorded June 17, 2023 and co-hosted by Ashley Spellman of The Life Spark Project.
Authors
Nikko Kennedy