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Saturday, January 28, 2012

Nutrition Help For Conceiving

Seeing the title of this post, you might be thinking..."Ooooooh, she is trying to get pregnant again." "It has been over a year since her last child was born." Well....

The truth is, I am not necessarily trying to get pregnant. I would welcome another baby, but am not really trying. However - I do know of many people who are trying to get pregnant and/or dealing with infertility issues. It is heart-breaking to me to hear those stories.

While you might have heard of some of the tricks to getting pregnant, I want to share with you today the nutrition side of boosting your conception chances.

In both the female and male body, the balance of hormones has to be just right for conception to occur and for pregnancy to proceed. Nutrients that are in excess or that are in depletion can throw off balance and disrupt the pregnancy process. That is why it is so important to eat healthy whole foods and take great quality supplements.
Whole healthy foods I suggest include fruits, fresh vegetables, unrefined grains, beans, nuts, seeds, eggs, and small whole fish. It’s also important to fill in the gaps of missing nutrients with a supplement you can trust. The ones I use and recommend are Shaklee. They are proven effective, completely safe and tested all the time, and they are the #1 nutrition company in the US.

B-complex vitamins need to be replenished all the time, as they are water soluble and passed out of the body with urination. Vitamins B6 and B12 are particularly important for fertility and hormonal function. Baked potatoes with skin, bananas, eggs, and spinach are all great sources of B6 and clams, mussels, crabs, salmon, soybeans, and fortified foods have healthy amounts of B12.

Essential Fatty Acids (EFA's) like those in OmegaGuard work on every system of the body and are essential for healthy hormone production. EFA's can prevent blood from clotting inappropriately which can be helpful to women who have suffered from recurrent miscarriages (if clotting was an issue). They are primarily found in fish oils, but again, with all the toxicity in fish, be choose about what fish you eat and what supplements you take.

Folic Acid, also known as folate, is essential for the production of genetic material in conjunction with vitamin B12. The body cannot store folic acid so it must be replenished regularly. It is found naturally in dark green leafy vegetables, apricots, avocados, carrots, egg yolks, liver, melons, whole grains, and yeast's. It is also found in B complex.

Iron aids in the production of red blood cells and carries oxygen around our bodies. The body can lose iron through periods, childbirth or blood loss. Leafy green vegetables, beans, shellfish, red meat, poultry, and soy food products are all good sources of iron. I get my extra iron in my Vitalizer strip, or you can also take an extra iron supplement.

Besides being a superhero of vitamins for many other reasons, Vitamin C is also helpful to sperm production and may play a role in healthy ovulation. Vitamin C is essential to the normal healthy functioning of many systems in the human body. Excellent sources include blackcurrants, raw red peppers, guavas and citrus fruits such as oranges and grapefruits. Other good sources include strawberries, kiwifruit, broccoli and Brussel sprouts. I get my vitamin C in my Vitalizer strip, but it is water soluble, so you can always take extra.

Vitamin E is an antioxidant. Low vitamin E levels can be a cause for subfertility in men and women. Found in wheat germ cereal, sunflower seeds, dark green leafy vegetables, nuts, brown rice, eggs, milk, soybeans and sweet potatoes. Again, I get my Vitamin E in my Vitalizer strip, but you can always get it separately too.

Zinc is such a cool dude! Besides being a major workhorse in a ton of other areas, it is an essential component of genetic material and plays an important role in the fertility of men (affecting sperm count) and women. Zinc is vital to healthy cell division, so healthy zinc levels are essential at conception. Zinc occurs naturally in oats, rye, almonds, pumpkin seeds and peas.

So, there is my two cents on nutrition's part in getting pregnant. In a nutshell, I personally use and recommend eating clean, taking Vitalizer Women or Vitalizer Men and an extra B complex and OmegaGuard. I have seen nutrition change my life, and I hope I can help you change yours too!

To Your Health!


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