Originally published February 26 2014
Low vitamin D levels increase risk of preeclampsia during pregnancy
by S. D. Wells
(NaturalNews) Getting the right nutrients and eating well when you're pregnant or breastfeeding is vital to your baby's growth and development. If you don't get enough vitamin D, the baby's bones can become soft and more vulnerable to breakage and rickets. Breastfeeding provides the baby with the most nutrients, including most vitamins and minerals, and foods gets their nutrients from healthy soil. So, how do you know what you're getting if it comes from polluted soil? How do you know if you're getting any vitamin D at all from your food? Do you need an organic supplement? These questions MUST be answered.
Possibly the most important strategy for healthy bones is a diet full of high-quality, organic, biodynamic and locally grown food. This naturally increases your bone density and decreases risk of developing osteoporosis. The opposite of this food is processed food and food that is grown using pesticides, insecticides and herbicides. Pest killers kill nutrition in food immediately, and GMO means that there is pesticide growing in the seeds! GMO can be equated with dead food and dead soil, so guess what? No vitamin D inside. What does that mean for pregnant women?
If the pregnant mother is not getting enough vitamin D for herself, then the baby may not be getting any at all. This is something crucial to consider. Does the breast milk still contain vitamin D? How is vitamin D removed from typical American diets and common foods that would otherwise contain it and provide it in a useful form to humans? Most women in the U.S. do NOT get enough vitamin D when they are pregnant, and that is a cold, hard fact. If a pregnant women is obese, spends a lot of time indoors or covers up well outside in the sun, or if she is dark-skinned, her chances go way up for vitamin D deficiency. If the baby could hold up a little sign for the sonogram, it would say, "Mom please take more vitamin D!" (http://wn.com)
What exactly is preeclampsia? Preeclampsia is a condition in pregnancy characterized by high blood pressure, sometimes with fluid retention and abnormal quantities of protein in the urine, which can indicate damage to the kidneys. Even a slight increase in blood pressure may be a sign of preeclampsia and, if left untreated, can lead to complications for both mother and baby, even fatal complications. Preeclampsia is most common during the first pregnancy.
Women with a body mass index (BMI) greater than 30% are more susceptible, and those over 40 or under 18 years of age. Preeclampsia affects between 5 and 8% of pregnancies and may be responsible, along with other related disorders, for the deaths of over 75,000 mothers and half a million babies per year. It is typically rapidly progressing, and many care providers wait too long to address the problem appropriately, if ever. Maybe a naturopathic physician would be better suited to meet with expecting mothers and talk about preeclampsia concerns and organic vitamin D levels for the mother AND her baby that's on the way. (http://www.fao.org)
The "complicated" subject of how much vitamin D you should take Doctors and scientists just can't seem to agree on how much vitamin D a pregnant women could take and NOT have to come back for healthcare visits every month forever. Repeat business is a sensitive subject in the medical industry, and Big Pharma skates on thin ice by recommending supplements that actually save lives. Of course, you will never see a commercial that tells pregnant women to examine their vitamin D levels, but you will see commercials for commercial vitamin D supplements that are dead and useless, so women will think that they are supplementing when they're really eating "other ingredients."
Here is an interesting list from different organizations in the United States of the current recommendations for vitamin D levels for pregnant women:
Vitamin D Council: 4,000-6,000 IU per day
Endocrine Society: 1,500-2,000 IU per day
Food and Nutrition Board: 600 per day
The Vitamin D Council recently raised the recommended dose of daily vitamin D (including the upper limit) for adults, teens, children and infants. Common vitamin D deficiencies have finally been recognized by the Vitamin D Council! How long did that take? So, then, let's take something supposedly "complicated" and make it fairly simple by examining the DETRIMENTAL health effects from a lack of vitamin D and shed some light on this common yet solvable issue: (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov)
• Vitamin D affects your genetic code and works to treat and heal a variety of diseases.
• Research recognizes links between vitamin D deficiency and mental disorders like schizophrenia.
• Vitamin D deficiency plays into early autism symptoms.
• Weaning toddlers from formula to "dead" juices and GMO milk can totally eliminate vitamin D intake.
• Most conventional infant formulas contain no usable vitamin D.
Conclusion: Organic vitamin D is essentialIf you don't buy organic vitamin D, you could be buying dead vitamins that have been killed by pesticides, processing plants and synthetic manipulation. Big Pharma loves to sell health enthusiasts dead vitamins, conning them into believing that their bodies are safe and protected from whatever they researched online and tried to defend against. If you don't buy organic vitamins, you are most likely buying vitamins that are made by the same companies that manufacture vaccines and flu shots, full of toxic "adjuvants" and "emulsifiers" that create toxins in your blood, your brain and your central nervous system.
If you are looking to supplement, you must find quality vitamins to suit your body's holistic functioning. Look for high-quality prenatal vitamin/mineral supplements, organic omega-3 fatty acid supplements with DHA, and organic probiotics. Ladies, be smart, organic consumers and be sure to keep BOTH humans healthy and out of "harm's way."
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