Welcome back! In Part 1 of the Pregnancy Diet Series we talked about the importance of having meat in your diet. In Part 2 we will cover some vitamins and supplements that are key to a healthy pregnancy diet.
Vitamin A is a must have for your pregnancy diet. It is needed to make estrogen. Vitamin A deficiency is associated with difficult periods, fibroids, and endometriosis. The fetus needs it to make the heart, increase circulation, and hind brain in early pregnancy. True sources of Vitamin A are found in animal foods, butter and eggs. Side note: Men need it to make their sperm mature.
Value in Butter… Yes, We said butter! It gets a bad reputation but there are multiple benefits to keeping butter in your diet. There are 400 different fatty acids and butter has vitamins A, D, E and K. It also includes CLA, a fatty acid known to reduce body fat, lower risk of cancer and Type 2 diabetes however, CLA as a supplement is chemically altered, not as healthful.
Butyrate, a short-chain fatty acid that decreases inflammation, protects against mental illness, improves body composition, increases metabolism and it improves gut health! Wow! I’d say that is something to implement into your diet today!
Vitamin D is needed by men and women to make sex hormones. Deficiency is associated with menstrual cramps, poly cystic ovary syndrome, premenstrual syndrome and infertility. Deficiency is common because we don’t tend to eat enough fatty fish, pork, and cod liver oil. It helps regulate cell growth and differentiation. 20 minutes of sunlight is a great source for Vitamin D.
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