Sugar makes it more difficult to conceive, can cause severe damage to cells, and can spike insulin levels that inhibit your baby’s brain development during pregnancy.
2 - Make healthy fats the largest percentage of calories in your diet. This is contrary to the common misconception that “fats are bad for you.” Fat is one of the main building blocks of your baby’s body. The brain, cells walls, and hormones are made up mostly of fat. Healthy fats are from egg yolks, butter from grass-fed cows, coconut oil, avocados and nuts. Eating healthy fats keeps your baby’s brain growing, gives you a feeling of fullness, and maintains your weight at optimal levels.
3 - Reduce stress by getting enough sleep and using techniques like exercise, yoga, mindful breathing, guided imagery or meditation. Research shows that your stress hormones send messages to your baby’s cells. Your baby responds by entering survival mode, which slows the growth of neurons and synapses in the brain. Reducing stress keeps your baby in growth mode rather than survival mode.
5 - Eat lots of cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli, cabbage, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, collard greens, kale and radishes. These veggies provide antioxidants that protect you and baby from carcinogens. One study from the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University found that moms who eats cruciferous vegetables give their babies lifelong protection from cancer.
6 - Don’t take just any prenatal vitamin. Take a high-quality, whole food-based, 100% natural prenatal vitamin. Not all prenatal vitamins are created equal. Many contain artificial colors and synthetic nutrients such as cyanocobalamin, a cheap, synthetic form of vitamin B12.
“Watch out in particular for prenatal vitamins that contain folic acid, a synthetic form of folate. For one, only a small percentage of folic acid converts to the active form, called folate,” said Madhavi Gupta, MD, founder of Best Nest Wellness, a company devoted to wellness for families.
Though too many health practitioners and bloggers mistakenly use the term folic acid interchangeably with folate, Dr. Gupta’s assessment is shared by many leading physicians and health experts. Lana Asprey, M.D. who runs an international natural fertility consulting practice writes, “50%-60% of all people have genes that reduce their ability to convert folic acid into the active form.”
That means that many women taking prenatal vitamins with folic acid are not getting the folate they need.
They are putting their baby at risk for serious neural tube defects - like spina bifida, skeletal deformities, anemia, lung and kidney malfunction, brain deformities, and underdevelopment of the heart, blood vessels, adrenals and eyes.
Taking L-methylfolate, the natural and active form of folate found in our bodies, improves lifelong health and helps protect against neural tube defects.
“In other words,” says Dr. Gupta, “You need to look for a prenatal vitamin with L-methylfolate, the most absorbable form of folate in nature, rather than folic acid, the synthetic form that shows up in most prenatal vitamins.”
BEST Prenatal™ Vitamin delivers that and more. It is one of the only one-a-day prenatal vitamins that contains both l-methylfolate and methylcobalamin, rather than their less-absorbable, synthetic counterparts.
It is also a natural, whole-food based vitamin, and contains a unique organic herbal blend supports you before, during, and after pregnancy, IVF, and breastfeeding and helps ease morning sickness. Plus, it has a probiotic & enzymes blend which is enables easy digestion and a healthy metabolism and immune system during pregnancy.
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“Every idea starts with a problem. Ours was simple: how to make one a day vitamins with natural bioavailable ingredients. So, we did it. And we've grown from there,” Dr. Gupta says.
She doesn’t just bring her stethoscope to the prenatal arena. She is also a mom of two. So when formulating supplements for Best Nest Wellness, she’s also making them for herself and her family.
“For the health of my babies, why would I settle for anything less than the most bioavailable 100% natural ingredients? I know most moms would agree if given the knowledge and choice.”
Unfortunately, many women women choose prenatal vitamins coated in artificial pink stuff or in gummy form because they look pretty or taste like candy. “We are committed to providing the very best, healthful and 100% natural ingredients for mom and baby, all in an easy to take, one-a-day tablet. We are not willing to forsake health just to make a ‘pretty’ pill.”
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