Originally Posted by JaneS
Yes, the natural food form of nutrients is always better. In addition to the fact that vitamin D needs increase as A is increased in diet as well and vice versa. They are necessary to include in the diet together. What did you order for CLO and how much are you planning to take? Are there other excellent forms of natural A (and D) in your diet: wild seafoods, organ meats, raw grass fed dairy, pastured eggs?
I ordered Blue Ice, i think it was called. I read most of the ladies saying that they take 1tsp twice a day. The website said a half tsp. I hadn't really decided.
I don't eat any shellfish, but I have had fish 3-4 times during my pregnancy (happened to be salmon each time) so far. It probably wasn't wild salmon, but I wouldn't know since I didn't purchase it.
I never could eat organ meats.
I used to get grass fed dairy and meat, but now I just don't have it in me to travel as far as I have to go to get it, and carry it back on several buses over a period of hours. Local stores (still quite a hike to shop at) have horrible selection and quality of everything. When I was working in the city, I would go to Whole Foods after work and my husband would meet me there and we would carry it back together on buses. It was difficult and stressful and uncomfortable, and the other passengers would get angry at us. Even when I was getting grass fed, it was pasteurized dairy because that is all they sold in Whole Foods. I don't have a car to travel to farms to try to get raw.
We are getting (at least 80% of the time) pastured eggs. The only time we don't is when I don't need ANYTHING else and just tell my husband to walk to the corner store instead of traveling to the supermarket. I can't say I am eating the eggs with any consistency, though. Some days I have 3 eggs scrambled, and usually do that a few days in a row, and then I won't have any for a week.
So, you can see why I am thinking I am not getting enough via diet. I really think a supplement like CLO is important for me. Especially since I am also concerned with Vitamin D.
What about vegetable sources for A? I don't think I am getting anywhere near enough, but definitely SOME.
|I believe that it is 10,000 IU of synthetic A (retinol palmitate) that is the cut off for pregnant women based on studies showing teratogenity above that amount. Again, mainstream falsely lumps that in as the amount for all forms of A.
I'm not going to worry about it, then. As far as I understand it, the problem is that it accumulates in your system if not used. I am pretty sure I was using it all up pretty fast at the time I was taking it, and I wasn't taking it very consistently. I probably took it less than 20 times in those 2 months.
|I would get your TSH level tested again pronto. I believe the new number that is desirable is anything under 2. But most drs do not know this standard.
I am trying to avoid any blood tests. My veins are difficult, and it can take hours and many holes before they get any out. A very stressful experience and I would like to spare the baby the stress hormones.
Perhaps if I call the former doctor he can tell me what the number was. He said it was slight (when I pestered him about my lack of symptoms). I was probably borderline.
Also, my diet has radically changed since then, so I feel like the cause of it is probably gone. Before that, I ate a lot of crap. The reason I went to the doctor in the first place at that time was chronic digestive issues, which have since gone away. I will definitely try the painting test and the temperature test. I don't have any symptoms at this time that would suggest any issues with the thyroid, so I am not going to stress too much about it based on some old test when I was a wreck nutritionally.
Also, I am eating a lot of protein lately. Do you mean we get iodine from protein? I read olive oil and nuts, which I eat a lot of.
Jane, you have been infinitely helpful. Thanks a million!