[QUOTE=CorasMama;13924994]Just saw this on New Posts, and I thought I'd mention something, regarding Vitamin D. If you live in a Northern-ish climate (say, mid-Oregon or above, if I had to estimate), you really will need some sort of Vitamin D supplement, unless you eat a lot of stuff that the VAST majority of us A: don't eat, and B: can't afford enough of anyway. My dd just had her blood drawn for a number of things, and coming off of a Seattle fall-winter-spring, she had a severe Vit D deficiency, so much so that she had to go on a Rx Vit D of 50,000iu/week.
I'm planning on ttc next month, and I'm going in soon to get a workup to see what I'm deficient in (I eat like crap when I don't feel good, which is more often than it should be, which is almost certainly a causation spiral...)
QUOTE]Thanks for this CorasMama
; This is the second person I have heard of this year whose Doc recommended (what we might normally consider to be) "huge" doses of Vitamin D. Unfortunately, that other person wound up with a diagnosis of breast cancer... and is in an awful battle right now.
I have tried a few of brands of Cod Liver Oil (best supplemental source for D3), and definitely prefer the Carlson Labs brand - for it's obviously noted effects. (Esp. on DB who can suffer skin problems in winter.)
CorasMama I think it's a GREAT idea to run blood work before you conceive, to check for any underlying nutritional deficiencies. But you should be aware that it may take several weeks to resolve any deficiencies that you may find, with supplements, or food. So I hope that if that happens, you might delay TTC until your body is better prepared to take on the challenge. (In fact, I expect this would only increase your chances for conception!)
Now that it's summer, a few more words on sunbathing, which will supply to your body its most valuable and useful source of Vitamin D. As you may have noted in my original comments above, your body can make a lot of vitamin D in one day at the beach. (Estimated at up to 400,000 iu!) HOWEVER, Adelle Davis and now, Dr. Mercola (www.mercola.com
) have both admonished against bathing with SOAP immediately after sunbathing - and for good reason! When our bodies produce vitamin D it does so by creating it in the natural oils on our skin - and over several days, reabosorbs the products of that exposure to light. Therefore do not bathe or shower using soap (at least, not on the "most exposed" parts of your body). Instead, allow your body the time it absorb the oils with its newly made vitamin D,(which can take up to 3 days), by simply rinsing with plain water.
Please do NOT use sunscreens - as the unpronounceable chemicals can be absorbed into your bloodstream too! (Instead, try to plan to sensitise your body gradually to take more exposure - and, alternatively, plan to cover up (or retreat.)
Adelle Davis' books alerted me to the idea that we should never put anything on our skin, that we could not EAT. (Because of this absorption factor!) Therefore, many years ago this sun-worshipper switched from baby oil based tanners to Almond Oil, Apricot Kernel Oil and now, pure virgin coconut oil (with its heavenly scent!).
One can cook with any of these oils - but the food-grade coconut oil, available in the cooking oil section of many health food stores, is my current favorite. Keep it in your cooler at the beach and smooth it on as it warms and melts - what fun! And you can make a DANDY "coconut shrimp" by frying them dipped in beaten egg white, and rolled in a mixture of unsweetened coconut & panko crumbs, then frying them lightly in a couple of melted tablespoons of the coconut oil. (DB's FAVE!)