Why else has supplementation become so vital when optimizing fertility and hoping to create the healthiest possible baby?
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Page 1: How To Ensure Proper Nutrient Levels When Trying To Get Pregnant To Create A Truly Healthy Baby
Page 2: How the Fertility Nutrient Deficit Begins
Page 3: Why else has supplementation become so vital when optimizing fertility and hoping to create the healthiest possible baby?
Depleted soils are one of the reasons for the low nutrient levels in our food. When the soil becomes depleted it is unable to supply minerals and other nutrients to the plants that grow within it. This in turn leads to depleted levels of minerals and nutrients in the fruits and vegetables we consume. In order to improve health and optimise fertility, our body requires more vitamins and minerals than we could obtain even from eating large quantities of foods. Even then due to seasonal and crop variations we would not know if we are getting enough of what we need.
Nutritional Value of Foods
Depleted soils are not the only thing contributing to decreased nutritional values of some of the foods we are eating. While modern farming methods do not replenish the soil properly, the fruit and vegetables that we eat are often picked before they had time to ripen on the vine. They’re still green, which is why you often have to wait several days before you can eat fresh fruits and vegetables after purchase. This does not even account for the fact that they have probably already been in storage for the last 12 months!
Mass production methods of ripening, storing, cooking, freezing, pasteurisation and many other practices of modern food processing lead to low levels and destruction of nutrients. For example, stored grapes lose up to 30% of their vitamin B content and tangerines stored for 8 weeks can lose almost half of their vitamin C. Anytime you eat an apple and it turns brown within a few minutes, remember that the apple has oxidised and has also lost some of its vitamins during storage.
In addition, the fruit and vegetables we buy have often been grown far away and are shipped to local stores. During transportation preservatives are often used to ensure fruits and vegetables arrive at their destination looking their best. This makes the nutritional value of the foods very questionable indeed.
We are exposed to many pollutants on a day to day basis. These pollutants affect us in many ways – they can cause health problems, such as asthma and other respiratory problems, and they can cause more systemic problems such as hormonal imbalances and free radical damage to our cells. Constant exposure to pollutants in urban and country life amongst many other things also cause nutritional deficiencies, which increase the amount of damage pollutants can make to the body.
The body’s primary goal is survival. Fertility is a secondary, even tertiary concern. Something the body will do if and when there are not other more important matters at stake. One of the ways to escalate its priority is to ensure the body has more vitamins and minerals (to a safe level) than it needs. This way it can start storing nutrients in vital organs for later use, just like recharging a battery. Once this is done, it’s is one less thing for the body to be concerned with and it can devote more vital resources, like energy and nutrients to fertility.
It is essential however, you do not self prescribe or just pick something off the shelf and hope for the best, you and your child’s future are just too important. Be sure to ask a qualified practitioner for advice.
About the Author
Natural fertility specialist Gabriela Rosa (BHSc, ND, Post Grad NFM, DBM,
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