Birth, Nutrition, Pregnancy

Prenatal Vitamins vs Whole Food Supplements

I taught a class about Prenatal Vitamins vs. Whole Food Supplements for the students at Ancient Art Midwifery Institute. My outline is below:

  • Define “supplementation”
  • What does truly balanced nutrition look like?
    • emotional aspect
    • mental aspect
    • can we go without supplementation?
      • mineral content of soil
      • growing our own vs. what’s at the store
    • Causes of deficiencies or lack of assimilation
    • Dr. Brewer Pregnancy Diet
      • salt
      • calories
      • protein
      • tale of a recovering anorexic
    • feelings of deprivation
  • Prenatal Supplements
    • isolated
    • synthetic nutrients
  • Whole Food Supplements
    • the apple example
    • phytonutrients
  • Remember the basics first
  • What I recommend?
    • Capsule?
    • Tablet?
    • Powder?
    • Liquid?
    • When and how to take supplements?

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