Most Americans are missing important nutrients in their regular diets.
For women, nutrients are an enormous part of their lives. Especially if they are trying to conceive or maintain a healthy lifestyle. As discussed in our Fertility Cleanse blog, nutrients are vital if you are trying to get pregnant. A healthy body means a healthy and friendly home for the baby.
Even if you are not trying to get pregnant, making sure that you get all the nutrients you need is important to your longevity of life and how you function throughout the day. Think about it. If you are not getting all the nutrients you need, then your body is more at risk to having less energy, less strength, and less motivation.
If you focus on what healthy foods you put into your body, you will begin to see an increase in:
- Energy and focus
- Improvement in well-being
- And much more!
Now let’s look into the main nutrients most Americans are missing and how to work them into your diet.
It’s actually easier than you think!
When we hear the word calcium, we automatically associate it with bones and milk. It’s been programed into our minds. Yet calcium does more than keep your bones healthy. Calcium can help strengthen your heart, allow your blood to clot, and maintain muscle function.
Our bodies do not create calcium. It is a nutrient that we always need to gain by putting it in our diet. We have to maintain calcium by eating resources that are rich in it.
Fortunately, there are many food sources (besides milk) that can help restore our calcium, such as:
- Whole fat plain yogurt
- Swiss cheese
- Whole milk
- Cooked spinach
Folate provides numerous benefits for women. It can help decrease the risk of miscarriage. It can prevent colon cancer, heart disease, and more. It can help people that have a deficiency in absorbing nutrients as well.
Folate can be found in numerous fruits and veggies:
- Spinach and Lettuce
- Citrus fruits, such as orange juice
Potassium does more than help with cramps. Potassium helps your heart, kidneys, and other organs to function properly in your body. Potassium is crucial to your life because it acts as an electrolyte in your body. It allows your body to manage a variety of processes, such as nerve signals and more.
If you don’t want to eat bananas as your main source of potassium, then try these other sources:
- Baked sweet potato
- Tomato paste
- Whole fat plain yogurt
- Yellowfin tuna
Fiber is the bowels and digestive system best friend. Fiber helps regulate the bowels and intestines. Other benefits of fiber are that it helps in achieving healthy weight, controls blood sugar, and lowers cholesterol. Fiber can also help eliminate toxins from your body by nourishing your microbiome. It does this by feeding your good bacteria to help maintain your body.
When increasing your fiber, you may need to add a supplement to your daily routine, because getting 30-40 grams of fiber a day just by eating is challenging. you get a supplement look for one that does not have a lot of fillers and chemicals in it.
Try these fibers with a supplement:
- Steel Cut Oatmeal
- Cooked black beans
- Baked sweet potato, with peel
- Small pear
What to Do with This Information:
As you can see, it is rather easy to get your fill of nutrients. Instead of reaching for a bag of chips, eat a pear or a cup of whole fat plain yogurt with some berries. Instead of ordering a hamburger at your favorite restaurant, choosing a healthier alternative that might involve chicken and veggies.
What you put into your body matters, especially if it means that you could possibly starve yourself of nutrients. Gaining the nutrients, you need can be as easy as switching out one of your bad meals.
If you want to learn more about the nutrients you should be getting, meet with one of our acupuncturists. They are all qualified to help create a plan for your nutritional needs and would love to meet you.
For information about eating specifically for fertility, check out ‘What Exactly is a Fertility Diet’ and download The Fertility Godmother’s Free Guide to The Ultimate Fertility Diet!