Which Nutrients and What do they do.
In prior emails, I talked abut building your health foundation. This is important for resolving health issues and maintaining good health.
I also talked about nutrients that are essential to your body's biochemical interactions involved in maintaining your body's internal balance. They are obviously very critical for a babies healthy growth, in utero.
The Nutrients are:
1: Vitamin D- As we have seen, Vitamin D is important for your immune system to function well. Low Vitamin D is also associated with depression and diabetes.
---Babies need Vitamin D for a healthy immune system and good bone growth.
---When mothers have low Vitamin D, they might experience more depression.
2: CoQ 10- This is a cofactor for optimal mitochondrial function. The mitochondria are the energy factories of the cells. Proper cell function is only possible when the mitochondria are making enough energy to power it.
---Babies need CoQ 10 to make the energy needed to go from 2 cells to trillions of cells.
---Mothers need CoQ 10 because without CoQ 10, it is hard for the body to make energy and mothers then become fatigued and have brain fog.
3: Fish Oils(EPA-DHA)- These are fatty acids that are essential for maintaining cell integrity. They are important for brain function and have a blood thinning function. Vegetarians can use Flax oil.
---Babies need EPA-DHA because it is important for cell membrane function. Babies are creating trillions of new cells and integrate these fatty acids into those cell membranes.
---Mother's need fatty acids for brain health and to rebuild their body after delivery.
4: Multi-Vitamin- The biochemical processes in every cell of our body use many cofactors. These cofactors are vitamins and minerals. The biochemical processes include making and breaking down hormones, making and breaking down neurotransmitters, and making energy and getting rid of toxic waste All of these chemical reactions use cofactors to work. Over time these chemical reactions burn up the cofactors and then they don't work, as well. They may not function at all or they may slow down. A good Multi-Vitamin provides the vitamins and minerals to replenish these cofactors and keep the processes working at an optimal level.
---Babies need all the different vitamins and minerals as cofactors for all the biochemistry going on to create and maintain their brand new body.
---Mother's need the different vitamins and minerals to make and break down neurotransmitters and hormones.
5: Methyl Support- Methylation is a critical chemical process. Methylation status(good or bad) affects hormone production, energy production, brain neurotransmitter creation and breaking down and liver detoxification. The two main methylated vitamins are B12 and Folate(not folic acid). When these become depleted, the above functions slow down and become deficient. Supplementing with Methyl-Support helps maintain healthy levels of Methyl B12 and Methyl Folate.
---Babies need methylation for energy production, detoxification, neurotransmitter production, and hormone balancing. Methylation is also critically involved with DNA processing. As you can imagine, there is a lot of DNA processing with all the cellular reproduction in a growing fetus.
---Mother's need good methylation to counter fatigue, brain fog, and depression.
Nutrient supplementation is important and can make a difference in a person's health, especially if they become depleted. However, it can never take the place of eating a variety of healthy foods. This email focuses on nutrient supplementation. It is meant to be complementary to eating the healthiest diet possible.