In today's VLOG, here are the TOP 3 reasons to include Vitamin C foods 1-2 times per day when you are pregnant (and breastfeeding!)
It is important for the manufacture of collagen, the substance that holds tissue together. Think: strengthening the uterus, your ligaments and soft tissue around your pelvis. Without adequate Vitamin C, your uterus may not be as strong and may not perform as well in labor.
Vitamin C is also crucial to body’s defense system against infection. The immune system is lowered slightly during pregnancy in order to stop a pregnant woman’s body from rejecting the unborn baby. You can support it to do it’s best work by nourishing it with Vitamin C rich foods.
Vitamin C is also known to improve iron absorption. This is why you want to try to remember to eat a citrusy salad dressing when you eat salads in pregnancy. Get the maximum nutrition from all the good foods you are eating!
Would you be surprised if I told you that citrus fruits are not the only, nor are they the richest sources of Vitamin C?!?
Best choices according to Healthaliciousness.com:
Bell peppers, guavas, dark green leafy vegetables such as kale
Other options - the rest of the list in order of the % DV it provides :
Kiwi, broccoli, papaya, green peas, Strawberries, Citrus fruits, raspberries, blackberries, cooked tomatoes, blueberries
Check the links down below:
Top 10 list so you can print it out for yourself to help you do your shopping this week.
Here are ideas for 50 vitamin C rich foods to appeal to almost any palate:
Next week: Fats & Oils – yes, there are good fats to include in your diet to grow a strong, healthy baby!!
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