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Minerals: The Missing Link to Getting Pregnant

Minerals: The Missing Link to Getting Pregnant

Green Foods are Rich in MineralsYou may have heard many times that our foods are not as mineralized and full of vitamins as they once were. But did you know that can have an effect on your health, and has been?

Have you ever heard of people craving non-edible objects such as coal, nails, brick, clay pots, or wood?

When I was working at a health foods store as their herbalist, I had a client come in and ask me what he could eat that tasted like dirt or brick, but would not hurt him. Right away I knew he had a major mineral deficiency, so much so that his body was craving items rich in minerals, regardless if they were edible.

I have also seen this in a large number of pregnant women, as the demands of minerals are high during pregnancy.

Role that minerals play

  • Minerals are extremely important, just as important as vitamins. They need each other to be absorbed and used by the body.
  • They are part of every action, cell, and reaction in the body, including bones, tissues, nerves, cells, receptor sites, metabolism, and the list does go on.
  • Minerals help keep an acid-alkaline balance. Being too acidic (which most of us lean more towards) can have an effect on the sperm reaching the egg. Sperm needs an alkaline environment to survive and receive “action” messages (know what to do, when).

Prepare with minerals
Building up stores of nutrients before pregnancy leads to a healthier baby, pregnancy, and birth. Once you are pregnant there will be a huge demand for minerals and vitamins in your body. Start now and build up those stores while protecting your immune system, cells and organs.

How to add more minerals to your life
There are many different ways in which minerals and trace elements can be obtained. Traditional fish and seaweed-eating cultures such as the Japanese, would get their supplies from their diet. Mountain dwellers obtain their minerals from water and food. Organic gardeners obtain theirs through using good organic manure such as seaweed manure, leaf mold, ground volcanic rock, etc.

Mineral baths and spas, with highly mineralized water, were once widely used as mineral sources in Europe. How many cures at Lourdes may have stemmed not just from faith alone, but by the mineralized water drunk by pilgrims there, containing micro-nutrients their bodies may have been starved of for decades?

Many people today rely on supplements, in pills, powders or liquids. Sources include ready-made drinks, as in organic vegetable and fruit juice. Seaweeds and blue/green algae, such as chlorella and spirulina, contain minerals as well.

But the best whole food way to get your minerals is to consume large amounts of sea vegetables. If that does not sound realistic (it isn’t for me, at least not every day!) then you can take a supplement to get your minerals.

What mineral supplement is the best?
When taking minerals, it is recommended to take a colloidal or liquid form. With liquid supplements, vitamins and minerals are already dissolved and thus immediately bioavailable.

Capsules and tablets may not get digested and used by the body; the molecules are too big. My favorite whole food mineral supplement is called Body Balance. It has 9 different seaweeds and aloe vera. I have been taking this for about four years now, daily. I have heard from a lot of women who have been taking this supplement before pregnancy, during, and after, with great results. It tastes good and is quickly absorbed.

Recommended dosage and usage
When starting to use Body Balance, it is best to saturate your body with the minerals to get back to health as soon as possible. Body Balance is a whole food so you can’t take too much, but for the first month, it is recommended to take 4oz. a day (I still take this amount) and then the second month forward, take 2oz. every day. You can use this as a liquid in your fertility smoothie or just take it straight.

Good for sperm too!
Men should be taking in minerals also. Zinc is a mineral that is one of the most important for sperm health, mobility, and life force.

References

  • Body Balance Liquid. (n.d.). Retrieved from: http://lifeforce.net/daily-wellness/body-balance-liquid/
  • Rodriguez , H., C.H., C.M.T. (n.d.). The Natural Fertility Diet: How to Eat for Optimal Fertility. Retrieved from: http://natural-fertility-info.com/fertility-diet

Dr. Christine Traxler M.D., OB/GYN
Dr. Christine Traxler M.D., OB/GYN

Dr. Traxler is a University-trained obstetrician/gynecologist, working with patients in Minnesota for over 20 years. She is a professional medical writer; having authored multiple books on pregnancy and childbirth; textbooks and coursework for medical students and other healthcare providers; and has written over 1000 articles on medical, health, and wellness topics.  Dr. Traxler attended the University of Minnesota College of Biological Sciences and University of Minnesota Medical School,  earning a degree in biochemistry with summa cum laude honors in 1981,  and receiving her Medical Doctorate degree (MD) in 1986.

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    Hi, I absolutely love your site and appreciate all of the information and resources you provide. I have a question regarding aloe vera; Hethir mentions in this article that Body Balance contains aloe vera. I have read that aloe vera may negatively impact fertility because aloe vera leaves contain phytoestrogens. Is that a fallacy? Thank you for any answers you can provide.

    • Dear Rosemarie,

      Phytoestrogens may actually protect fertility. This is what many don’t tell you!

      What we know is that so so many plants, herbs and supplements too, contain phytoestrogens or have the propensity to mimic estrogen in the body. The reason these plant or “phyto” estrogens protect hormonal balance and the body from estrogen dominance is because of xenoestrogens. Xenoestrogens come from human-made chemicals like plastics, pesticides, paint, body care products, etc. These are ingested, breathed, or slathered onto our skin daily. Xenoestrogens are endocrine disruptors. These chemicals have the ability to interfere with the natural functions and development of our bodies and endocrine system system function. The main purpose/job of the endocrine system is to serve as our body’s message center – coordinating hormones that deliver messages.

      Xenoestrogens have the ability to bind to our estrogen receptor sites, disrupting the function of the endocrine system. Not only can they mimic our natural hormones, but they can block other hormones from binding to receptor sites. Xenoestrogens elicit a very strong estrogenic action. All xenohormones are endocrine disruptors. They can alter how natural hormones are produced, metabolized, and eliminated.

      A person who consumes a diet rich in phytoestrogens may be more likely to protect their body from xenoestrogens. Phytoestrogens eaten daily may bind to receptor sites first, blocking the xenoestrogens from binding. Plus, phytoestrogens elicit a weaker estrogenic effect than xenoestrogens.

      The other thing about plants is that they also have superior nutritional benefits, many of which often far outweigh the amount or potential benefit of its plant estrogens. I encourage you to learn more from our guide Clearing up the Confusion on Phytoestrogens.

      We do not know Aloe Vera to be anti-fertility when used or consumed in moderation.