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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.

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Top Twenty Superfoods List – Part 2

Ten Great Superfoods

Seaweed Harvest Indonesia

Picture: Jean-Marie Hullot

Welcome to my second article on the top 20 superfoods. Last week, in my first article, I outlined my personal world top ten superfoods. This week I’m going to finish this superfoods list by looking at numbers 11 to 20. Once again I should mention that these are 10 great foods for all round diet and health. Eat all twenty consistently and you could add several more years in perfect health to your lifespan. And these superfoods are not even expensive!

To begin with; most fruits are healthy and good for you but one of the best weighs in at number 11.

11. The Blueberry: with 6552 ORAC per 100g, this little fruit is packed full of antioxidants which protect the eyes and cardio-vascular system. They also have anti cancer properties. The antioxidants are also found in abundance in blackberries and bilberries. Eat them or drink them all in smoothies, put them into your fruit salad or just eat them on their own. Lots of it!

12. Goji Berries: at number 12 in my list is the Goji berry. There isn’t anything that this great berry doesn’t do! Goji berries are a fantastic superfood. Wait for it- it contains anti-aging and anti-tumor properties, its packed with vitamin C, antioxidants, selenium, zinc and calcium. Goji berries are also high in omegas which are needed for the efficient working of the nervous systems and the brain. Not only are Gojis very healthy, they also taste great! Use them with your cereal, yogurt, in a smoothie, in muesli or dry frozen, just on their own.

13. Sauerkraut: At number 13 its raw sauerkraut. This superfood even increases your libido. Sauerkraut is rich in vitamin C and has been used in the past to treat constipation.

14. Oregano:Belongs in almost any food! Oregano is extremely rich in antioxidants, with more than 200’000 ORAC, so rich that it at the very top of the list of almost any food. This herb is great for improving digestion and the immune function. It also has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. Add it to stews and soups but make sure its after cooking or you’ll lose all its goodness.

15. Raspberries: On the 15th place is one of the world’s most eaten superfoods, the humble Raspberry. These are high in fiber and folic acid as well as containing ellagic acid which has been proven to have anti-cancer properties.

16. Carrots: At 16 it’s the humble carrot, loved by humans and by rabbits! These contain antioxidants such as zeaxanthin and lutein which protect against cancer but are also great for protecting the lungs, the eyes and skin.

17. Turmeric: weighs in at number 17. Stacked full of Curcumin which contains also extremely high amounts of antioxidants, 159’000 ORAC units/100g, has anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory properties, is incredibly good for the skin and for the sexual stamina.

18. Sea Weed: Seaweed is alkalizing and detoxifying and so powerful that you only need to eat small quantities. You can get it dried and mix it in salads. Seaweed contains lots of protein, calcium, iron, iodine and magnesium. In fact in much higher quantities than any land plants.

19. Slippery Elm Tree Tea: can help assist recovery from stress related disorders, from surgery, inflammation and gastro-intestinal disorders. The Native Americans and the pioneers of the wild west used the inner bark of the Slippery Elm Tree for food to survive and for a medicine to heal. To gain real benefits you need to drink 2-3 cups a day. DO NOT use Slippery Elm Tree products until talking to your doctor.

20. Water: Water has it’s place in this superfoods list because we need water for an efficient brain function! It is most essential for more than that; we need water for our circulation, digestion, stamina, a healthy skin and in fact every bodily function that you can think of. So drink plenty of it!!

Those are my personal top twenty superfoods. Most of these healthy foods are cheap and most of them are also easily available anywhere near to where you live, so be sensible and grab a superfood instead of a burger!

By: Paul I. Costelo

Paul Costello is the vice principal of a high school, a writer and a father. He is interested in superfood diet and health and has a great web site at: http://www.ultimatedieting.info