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Monthly Archives: December 2016

Maternal Nutrition

Experts agree that most of these problems can be reduced and even prevented by proper nutrition during pregnancy.

Mother’s nutrition has an affect not only on the pregnancy and on the infant’s birth weight, but even on the risk of birth defects, pregnancy complications, maternal illness, and future diseases when the child becomes an adult.

Nutrients reduce pregnancy complications and birth defects

Studies show that proper diet and nutritional supplements, such as fish oil, vitamins C and E can prevent mother’s illness during pregnancy and premature birth. Vitamin A and beta-carotene along with magnesium, fish oil, and zinc can reduce maternal mortality. Iron and folic acid reduce anemia. Calcium reduces the incidence of pre-eclampsia and high blood pressure.

According to the Journal of Nutrition:

“Numerous studies support the concept that a major cause of pregnancy complications can be suboptimal nutrition.”

“Frequency and severity of pregnancy complications may be reduced through an improvement in the nutrient status of the mother.”

“Maternal nutritional deficiencies …may be significant contributors to the occurrence of birth defects. “

Maternal nutrition will affect the rest of the child’s life

Medical research shows that good nutrition during pregnancy and childhood can reduce baby’s risk of future cancer.

Proper maternal nutritional supplementation can reduce the risk of diabetes later in child’s life.

Certain specific deficiencies (for example magnesium) can also increase the risk of future diabetes.

Even the risk of future osteoporosis (in a baby when he or she becomes an adult) is determined by “maternal nutritional status during pregnancy” and especially by vitamin D deficiency, which is very common.

Most pregnant women are deficient

Unfortunately, most pregnant women are deficient in vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and omega 3 fatty acids.

Omega 3 fatty acids, especially DHA, are part of the brain, central nervous system, and the retina. A baby needs them for normal development of the brain and the eyes.

Premature infants are more likely to have ADHD, depression, and schizophrenia, because their brains did not have a chance to fully develop and incorporate all the DHA it needed. On the other hand, children of mothers who eat large amount of fatty fish have better intellectual development and higher IQs.

The problem is that almost 90% of women do not get even the minimal amount of DHA. Many women are deficient in folic acid, despite food fortification. Deficiencies of magnesium, calcium, iron, vitaminsC, D, E, and many other nutrients are very common, which can jeopardize the health of both the mother and the baby.

Don’t count on prenatal multivitamin – it does not work

The sad truth is that a typical prescription prenatal vitamin does not correct most deficiencies, which are extremely common in pregnant women.

Prenatal multivitamin is a poor source of nutrients. All the ingredients are synthetic, so your body cannot use them the way it uses natural nutrients from food.

Plus it is loaded with chemicals, such as crospovidone, FD&C Red No. 40 aluminum lake, hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, lactose, magnesium stearate, mineral oil light, polysorbate 80, sodium lauryl sulfate, stearic acid, syloid, titanium dioxide and triethyl citrate. Neither you nor your baby need these chemicals. They do not help, but can only cause harm.

How can you be sure to have the most optimal nutrition

Eat a good diet. This means eat natural foods. Oatmeal is natural, but cereal made from oats that looks like little doughnuts is not. Steak is natural, but luncheon meat is not. Eggs are natural, eggbeaters are synthetic unnatural junk.

In other words, eat food the way it is naturally produced and avoid processed, man-made foods. This usually means avoiding anything that comes in boxes, cans, and plastic packages and anything that has expiration date months from today. Real food spoils, junk food is loaded with preservatives, so it can last for a long time.

Eat fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds, berries, meat, chicken, lamb, eggs, cheese, butter, and any other natural food that you like. Seafood and fish are usually OK, but eat large fish (salmon, tuna, etc.) in moderation because of potentially high mercury content.

Try to minimize soda, ice cream, cookies, white bread and white rice, most breakfast cereals, and any other processed foods.

But even eating a good diet may be leave you deficient in important nutrients. That is why I recommend nutritional supplements.

As I mentioned, prenatal vitamins that you doctor prescribed is nothing but junk. It is a combination of synthetic chemicals, some of which may even be harmful for the developing baby.

You should take only supplements that are made from real food. There is a company called Standard Process that has been producing food-based supplements since 1920s. They grow fruits and vegetables on their own certified organic farm. They dehydrate them using a patented low-heat high-vacuum process that retains all the nutrients. Think of it as turning a grape into a raisin. Raisins have all the same nutrients as grapes, except for water.

They also use organ meats (liver, kidney, etc) from organic cows because they have very high nutrient content. They combine different ingredients to create various nutritional supplements. There is nothing artificial, no preservatives, no chemicals, only real food with real nutrients.

It is never too early or too late to start. Whether you are just planning your pregnancy or are in the 3rd trimester, you need proper nutrition at every stage.

This is the program I recommend to my patients:

· Catalyn – a natural multivitamin/multimineral made from 12 different foods

· Folic Acid B12 – for extra folic acid and B12

· Ferrofood – natural organic iron

· Calcium lactate – natural calcium and magnesium from beats

· TunaOmega oil – naturally pure source of DHA and EPA, guaranteed free of mercury, PCBs, and other chemicals

Nuts, Good Source of Omega 3

One thing that makes nuts not a top choice in getting more omega 3 into your diet is the type of omega 3 they contain. They contain ALA. ALA needs to be converted into DHA and EPA for our bodies to use it. Not every can convert ALA into DHA and EPA.

Nuts are loaded with fibre which is a plus point about them. They fill you up and the fibre is good for lowering your cholesterol. They also are full of vitamins and antioxidants. If you add some crushed nuts to your soups or salads, it could increase the nutritional value to your meals. Do take care to avoid sweet or salty nuts.

Now for the answer to, ‘are nuts a good source of omega 3?’ They taste good, have some nutritional value, but they are not the best source.

Fish is the best source of omega 3. Fish contains DHA and EPA, the type of omega 3 we need for our well being. Eating fish twice a week is good. If you do not like fish, as many don’t, then there is a wide choice of supplements you can choose from.

Cod Liver Oil

Cod Liver oil is extracted by using traditional and modern practices. It is there in the markets in the capsule form as well as liquid form. These capsules are known to be a main source of the omega-3 fatty acids, DHA, EPA, vitamin A and D. Omega-3 fatty acids is necessary for a healthy liver, bones and heart. It protects you from arthritis and chronic diseases. A diet which is omega-3 rich also helps to maintain a good-looking skin. It makes sure that quality of hair doesn’t deteriorate. It’s a superb anti-aging formula also. In psychiatric disorders such as depression, patients often are prescribed capsules having omega-3 fatty acids. They help in establishing stability of mood.

Deficiency of Vitamin D is rising with every passing day, because of less contact with sunlight. Household activities, Office jobs, use of sunscreens block the sun’s light from entering in our body. This leads to a lack of vitamin D. Children are often prescribed supplements rich in vitamin D in order to prevent rickets. This helps in maintaining a strong and a healthy bone structure from childhood. Together with vitamin D and omega-3, Vitamin A is extremely important for the body to have a good eyesight, immunity, healthy skin & metabolism. It works wonders for pregnant women by helping in development of the fetus. Vitamin A also is prescribed to new moms, who have to feed their infants.

Natural remedies are the best solution to healthy life. It’ll make sure that you’ve healthy heart, liver strong bones, and metabolic rate. We wouldn’t want to spend our well-deserved money on treatments and medicines. Consumption of such a supplement can lead us to beautiful hair, good eyesight and a flawless skin.

Be Fit With Right Nutrition

The food and vegetables of course give us all the essential nutrition. But the fact is that we still have to add some nutritional supplements to our diet. Either we don’t have time to finish up a complete meal including all vitamins and minerals or our eating habits have inclined towards the fast food and junk food. To make this loss the essential nutrients are a must. To remain assured of the quality, product safety and purity of the nutrition supplements taken, a good brand is a must. We are interested to buy the best products at an affordable price. It becomes an easy shopping when we can buy the branded products under one reliable and dependable umbrella. On top of that if we can easily order at the comfort of our home and go for online shopping after a good research about the product it becomes more convincing and handy.

EAS,BSN,twinlab,Muscletech, Gaspari, Optimum Nutrition, Dymatize,are such brands offering healthproducts, minerals, vitamins, nutritional supplements and body building supplements.BSN provides the most distinct products or Bio- engineered Supplements and Nutrition, Inc has a scientific approach towards building up a healthy body and a fit and excellent physique. It is famous for the sports nutrition products.

Muscletech is a brand producing sports nutritional supplements. It helps improve the body effectiveness and dynamism if taken along with a balanced diet and proper exercise. Twinlab sells out scientifically prepared nutritional substances like vitamins and minerals enriched supplements.

Dymatize nutritional products are continuously used and evaluated by the sportsmen and Army men who constantly require that supplement to prove themselves extraordinary.Optimum Nutrition has an array of nutritional supplementary products to meet the constant demand of the consumers.EAS products are the outcome of constant research and are well known for the quality and effectiveness.