We’ve built our Super Nutrition Baby Feeding Program on the foundation of protective nutrition. On this foundation stand four pillars, which are scientifically and clinically sound. We have incorporated medical research, the findings of several experts, scientific evidence, and our own clinical experience to focus on those factors that most influence children’s health when it comes to 3C conditions. To prevent the 3Cs from taking hold, you must carefully select and prepare your baby’s foods to be the most digestible, pure, immune bolstering, and nutrient worthy. We’ll discuss in detail what these foods are and how to do this in the coming chapters, but first we’ll explain the four pillars of Super Nutrition.
PILLAR #1: DIGESTIBILITY. FACILITATE DIGESTION AND SUPPORT INTESTINAL HEALTH.
You can make digestion easier for your baby if you provide her with the right foods . Acknowledging that an infant’s digestive system is different than that of an older child or adult is important in determining when you can introduce certain foods. How you prepare the food also makes a significant difference in digestibility. We will guide you in choosing and making easy-to-digest foods for your baby at each stage.
Natasha Campbell-McBride, M.D., focuses on the neurologic- and psychiatric-based 3Cs (autism, depression, ADD, etc.) in her book Gut and Psychology Syndrome (GAPS). Dr. Campbell-McBride, a neurologist, nutrition expert, and autism specialist, suggests that since the digestive system impacts immunity, availability of nutrients, protection from toxins, and detoxification of toxins, it directly affects the health and functioning of the brain.
But there’s more to it and, writes Dr. Campbell-McBride, “the gut-brain connection is something . . . many modern doctors do not understand.” There’s actually a “second brain” in the gut; though it doesn’t “think” conscious thoughts, it does affect behavior. It is not only the master of digestion, but the gut also conveys massive quantities of information to the brain. In addition to impacting nutritional status and immunity, intestinal health also influences mood, behavior, mental health, and emotion.
Digestible foods are those that:
- Have had their digestive irritants neutralized (soaked, sprouted, or leavened)
- Are predigested (fermented or cultured)
- Contain enzymes (as in raw animal foods, tropical fruits, and fermented or cultured foods)
PILLAR #2: PURITY. REDUCE TOXIC EXPOSURE AND IMPROVE DETOXIFICATION CAPABILITIES.
Our program will suggest foods that are least processed and least toxic. Avoiding even a few ingredients will go a long way in reducing the toxic burden your child carries. Purity is a criterion we hope you’ll begin to apply to feeding choices for your baby.
In light of the toxic reality babies face today, detoxification is crucial. Luckily, your baby has built-in systems for detoxification—based on natural mechanisms that are designed to protect her. Unfortunately, this detoxification ability is often decreased due to nutrient deficiencies and toxins that can further block detoxification pathways. Consequently, optimizing nutrition and reducing toxin exposure are critical to detoxification and thus, good health and optimal development.
Ideally, pure foods meet the following criteria:
- No additives, synthetic nutrient “fortification,” preservatives, or other chemical additives
- No artificial sweeteners, colorings, or flavorings
- Organic—sustainably grown in nutrient-rich soils, without the use of chemical pesticides
- From animals that have eaten their natural diet (pasture fed)
- No growth hormone, antibiotics, or other drugs given to farm animals
- In whole form—not refined, isolated, or concentrated
- Minimally processed
- Not genetically modified
PILLAR #3: IMMUNE BOOSTING. STRENGTHEN AND SUPPORT IMMUNITY.
You can foster a stronger immune system through nutrient-rich feeding, proper digestion, and purposeful microbial exposure . In particular, healthy bacterial exposure and colonization is critical to a healthy body and strong immune system.
Getting or being sick with viral or bacterial infections can cause more than just the uncomfortable symptoms. Infections—when they take root—excessively burden the body, cause inflammation, and use up priceless nutrients and enzymes, as the body works to regain a healthy balance. The proper functioning of your baby’s immune system is very important to the big picture of health because staying healthy is easier on the body than getting health back once infection sets in.
Surprisingly, the best way to prevent infection isn’t to avoid microbes. It is actually to fortify the immune system from within. Since the vast majority of microbes are good—and those few that could make us sick don’t always do sowhen we’re exposed to them—it’s the state of our body’s health and immune capabilities that determine whether we will actually get sick.
Immune-boosting foods are those that:
- Support the immune system with critical nutrients
- Supply living immune cells (as in mom’s milk and raw mammalian milk)
- Provide probiotics
- Supply enzymes
PILLAR #4: NUTRIENT WORTH. PROVIDE OPTIMALLY NOURISHING FOODS.
Foods that are most nutritious are not commonly found in the Standard American Diet. Our program will educate you about what makes a food truly nourishing . Part of this pillar also includes avoiding foods that rob your baby of nutrients or contain nutrient blockers . Nutrient worth is an important way to judge foods—they should be “worthy” of supporting your baby’s growth and development.
Focusing on nutrient-rich foods is worthwhile because they have been shown via extensive research to build healthy, robust babies. Revolutionary nutrition researcher and dentist Weston A. Price, D.D.S., studied health among cultures across the six inhabited continents of the globe during the 1920s and 1930s. He used saliva, food samples, observation, medical and dental examinations, interviews, skeletal-remains studies, and photographic evidence to do his research. He reported his findings in his book Nutrition and Physical Degeneration, which has remained a seminal work on nutrition and health.
Dr. Price conducted his studies at a unique time in history, when many primitive stocks of people had yet to be touched by modern industry. He specifically chose peoples who were living and eating off their land as they had for thousands of years. At this time, he was also witness to the building of roads, the coming of boats, and the arrival of missionaries who brought “industrialized” foods such as jellies, jams, canned meats, and white flour. In his studies that spanned two decades, he saw that the generation eating “modern” foods got sick far more than the same genetic stock not eating modern foods and also gave birth to unhealthy babies! He later documented that a return to the traditional-foods diet would restore their health.
Dr. Price found that lack of proper nutrition was causal in physical degeneration and most chronic diseases. He concluded that optimal nutrition was key to both physical regeneration and the prevention of degenerative disease.
Foods with high nutrient worth are those that:
- Are nutrient dense, containing a rich amount of nutrients per calorie
- Do not contain antinutrients that block mineral absorption
- Do not contain sugars or refined salt
These four pillars of Super Nutrition have guided each and every recommendation in this book. By focusing on them, you can expect your baby to have the best overall health on many levels—including but not limited to strong immune system functioning, emotional control, focus, dental health and orthodontic positioning, metabolic functioning, and countless other facets of well-being. With Super Nutrition, you will be helping your baby to become the smartest, happiest, and healthiest she can possibly be.