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Using Superfoods For Healthy And Natural Conception

How Much Superfoods Should We Eat

Using Superfoods For Healthy And Natural ConceptionDespite the fact that in most cases children come the natural way, there are a lot of couples who are looking for medical intervention to conceive a child. One of the most important factors to conceive children is that the hormones are well balanced in both, the male and female partner. In order to conceive and get pregnant your bodies have to be in good shape and all the necessary ingredients must be present. This doesn't mean that you should only eat superfoods from now on, quite the opposite; too much nutrients can also mess with the hormonal balance and influence the pregnancy process negatively.

To keep your hormones in balance and proportion it is important to practice a healthy and well balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle, some exercise will do just fine. These two factors have a big influence in your hormone household as well as on the rest of your body Eating more whole foods in your meals betters your chances of acquiring the right nutrients for your body. Whole foods include fresh and best all organic vegetables and fruits, beans, seeds, nuts, eggs, fresh fish like blue fin tuna and wild caught salmon and many unrefined grains. It is important that you to eat whole superfoods with plenty of vitamins and minerals.

You need to constantly refill your vitamin B complex because these vitamins are swept out from your body with every time you go to the bathroom. The vitamins B6 and B12 are vital for hormonal functions and fertility, thus influence your chances of conceiving. Great sources of vitamin B6 are skinned baked potatoes, fortified cereals, fortified soy-based substitutes for meat. Very good sources of vitamin B's are bananas, spinach, turkey, white chicken meat and organic eggs. mussels, poultry, crabs, clams, wild salmon, and soybeans.

Folic acid or otherwise known as folate in association with vitamin B12, plays an important role in the production of genetic materials. Bear in mind that your body cannot naturally produce its own folic acids, so like the B complex vitamins, you need to refill this too. Folate-rich foods are those green and leafy vegetables, carrots, apricots, avocados, melons, egg yolks, yeasts, liver and whole grains. Folates are important in the baby's brain development as well.

Zinc is also an essential component of genetic materials. It likewise portrays an important role in men and women's fertility. Zinc is substantial for a healthy and normal cell division, making it crucial for conception. Foods like oats, pumpkin seeds, rye, peas and almonds are reliable sources of zinc.

Fish oils are famous sources of these Essential Fatty Acids. Essential Fatty Acids are needed for hormone production. Essential Fatty Acids can minimize and prevent blood clots and work well for women who had a miscarriage and blood clots before.

Vitamin A is a favorable antioxidant for the development of the embryo. Increase your level of this nutrient by adding more tomatoes, spinach, carrots and cabbages to your diet.

Vitamin C, is another antioxidant needed for sperm production and it plays a role in healthy ovulation. Vitamin C may be thought of as the universal vitamins for it is accountable for almost all healthy functions of the body. Excellent supply of vitamin C may be taken from amalaki fruits, raw red peppers, black currants, guavas, strawberries, broccoli, Brussel sprouts, kiwi fruits, and all citrus fruits such as lime, grapefruits, oranges and so on.

Another important nutrient is the vitamin E, which also is an antioxidant. Low levels of vitamin E cause sub-fertility in both men and women. Therefore you should start incorporating some superfoods into your meals, such as leafy green vegetables, wheat germ cereal, sunflower seeds, brown rice, organ meats, nuts, milk, organic eggs, sweet potatoes and soy beans.

Enough iron supply in the body is just as essential. Iron helps in red blood cells production and it also circulates oxygen through the body. Iron deficiency happens through menstrual periods, blood loss or childbirth. Once more, leafy greens are certified sources of iron along with red meat, shellfish, beans, soy products and poultry. The best source for iron is still spinach as we all know.

For all of you who are planning to get pregnant or are awaiting a child already, it is essential to ready your body with a variety of nutrients and minerals to provide you and your baby superior health throughout the whole process. I have to say it again; superfoods are not much more expensive than junk food, your health and your baby's health must be worth the slight difference.

Picture by: Alan Bruce

Tasty Raw Vegan Foods And Superfoods

What eating superfoods can do for you

Grapes and Raisins are high on antioxidants

Picture by Darya Pino

Superfoods are not only foods to feed your body but they also fuel your brain. Eating superfoods is a great way to give your brain and body a natural boost. If you want to get the most from eating superfoods it is although important to eat and drink small amounts of food and shakes or juices at relatively short intervals throughout the whole day. This will keep you rbody and mind more energized. Eating more often will help to avoid drastic ebbs and flows of your blood sugar level. You don't have to quit cold turkey eating what you are used to eat right now; just try to move in some healthy superfoods and phase out some of the things  your mother already had told you to avoid when you were a child, like high sugary drinks, gummy bears and other unhealthy foods. Drinking water is also most  essential to maintain a good health. You can alway spice it up by drinking seltzer water or adding lemon, lime or orange juice.If your body has enough water, your skin will wrinkle less and you will feel fresher and more active. If your body has the right nutrition at all times, your mind will function better.

Eating fresh fruits and best all including the skins and/or seeds of the fruits is an easy way to bulk up on vitamins and water. Some foods like apricots, almonds, raisins, carrots apples, pears, plums, strawberries, kiwi's, can easily be carried around as snack in between. Not only do they taste good, but fruits have an average of only 60 calories but they are very high in nutrients and antioxidants, so you get a lot of nutrition value for the cost of very little calories.

Let's have a quick look at these fruits and why they are so good for you:

Peaches have lots of fiber, Vitamin A, potassium, niacin, and beta carotene to name just a few of their benefits. Niacin and potassium are particularly helpful providing your cells with the energy they need to grow and maintaining proper electrical stability of your cells. In fact, having low levels of potassium can cause heart attacks and other cardio-pulmonary problems. Dried peaches are extremely high on antioxidants 4222 ORAC units/100gram.

Carrots: have lots of fiber, Vitamine A, Vitamin C, folate, vitamin b6, iron, copper and beta carotene. Beta carotene is known to prevent some cancers and heart disease. Vitamin A helps maintain healthy skin and prevents respiratory problems. Folate is critical to help create new red blood cells. Eating lots of fresh organic carrots, or even better, drinking lots of  fresh carrot juice during the day betters the eyesight.

Raisins / Grapes: Raisins and grapes are packed with minerals like iron, copper, potassium, and phosphorus. Raisins also contain high amounts of antioxidants, depending on the type of raisins, between 3000 and 4188 ORAC units/100gram.

Apricots and Almonds: These little snacks are the Brangelina of the fruit and nut world. Not only are they great by themselves, (having lots of vitamin A, iron protein and dietary fiber) but they are especially powerful when eaten together. Apricots have lots of potassium, which is also helps regulate your body's fluid balance. The vitamin A in apricots contributes to healthy vision, bone growth, and helps fight infection.

So remember, to always be at your peak drink plenty of water and Green tea, avoid the sugary snacks and drinks, and eat small meals containing superfoods throughout the day!

By: James Reno (editor)

Visit James' website to learn more about the benefits of the raw vegan lifestyle and find a good raw food cookbook.

If you don't know what to cook for diner tonight; how about a marinated raw food salad with kale? Yummy! Watch the video and enjoy your meal.