After the birth of my third baby my body, mind and spirit was shaken. I had the version of a perinatal mood and anxiety disorder that allowed me to do everything I was supposed to do and yet I wasn't really enjoying any of it. I was short tempered and overwhelmed. I had no energy, I was getting sick constantly, and having heart palpitations (although I think those were due to an IUD, but that is a whole other blog post). I also wasn’t eating as healthy as you would assume someone who is a trained health coach would eat.
I know that proper nutrition is essential for recovering from birth and yet the last thing I wanted to eat was fresh, organically grown fruits and vegetables; top quality protein sources, and heart-healthy fats (like those found in cold-water, wild fish and extra-virgin olive oil).
I made the choice to keep my sanity by not going crazy about what I was eating.
Pretzels and Nutella. Yup!
Starbuck's daily. Why not?
I did sneak in an occasional smoothie, but with 3 kids, husband, house to run and a business I chose to reduce my stress level by not giving much of a crap about everything I was eating. I also wanted to feel better and knew there had to be a solution somewhere. I didn't have an appetite for healthy food and yet my body was desperately craving nutrition.
I was complaining to a friend of mine about how depleted I felt and she told me about micronutrient testing. There is a lab in Texas called Spectracell that specializes in disease prevention and helping individuals and health care providers to optimize wellness. Once I knew what my issues were I was able to create my own custom Isotonix to target the exact deficiencies I had. An Isotonix is a vitamin in liquid form that is rapidly absorbed by the body in order to get the best result possible.
Even if I was able to eat perfectly I still might have had deficiencies in Vitamin D, B12, Pantothenate, Oleic Acid, Chromium, K2, and low immune and antioxidant function.
These are a few reasons:
(Source: Andrew Weil, MD)
THE IMPACT OF MODERN FARMING TECHNIQUES - The rise of industrial agriculture has lowered the nutritional value of many common foods. Replacing organic fertilizers with synthetics - often containing only nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium - yields large, fast-growing plants that may look beautiful in the produce aisle, but often lack key micronutrients.
AGING - As we grow older, many of us suffer from poor digestion due to insufficient stomach acid or low populations of beneficial microorganisms in our digestive tracts. Result: poor assimilation of nutrients.
FREQUENT DIETING - Restricting caloric intake to lose weight also means restricting nutrient intake.
MEDICATIONS – While I don’t take any medications you should know that many pharmaceuticals lower vitamin and/or mineral concentrations in the blood. Cholesterol-reducing drugs, for example, may lower blood levels of coenzyme Q10, a vital contributor to optimal heart and muscle function. Similarly, common drugs that treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) may drop levels of calcium, chromium, folic acid, iron, vitamin C and other nutrients.
BUSY LIFESTYLES – This was a big one for me! With everything going on in my life I found eating healthfully at every meal to be challenging and added stress to my life. The vitamins, minerals and other supplements I use help me to fill the gaps caused by less-than-optimal meals.
I hated taking vitamins in the past because I really don’t like swallowing lots of pills, plus I have learned that vitamins in pill form are actually not well absorbed and therefore our body often can't utilize the nutrients. Some pills and gummy’s also contain ingredients that I would rather not have in my body.
After finding the right supplement I feel better physically and mentally, maybe even better than any other time in my life. I know that a BIG part of my boost in energy and mental clarity is because I am finally getting the nutrients that my body has been craving.
I am in NO way advocating replacing healthy eating habits with vitamin supplementation, but I do believe that supplementation can provide many benefits even to individuals who already have a healthy lifestyle.
Jennifer Bronsnick, MSW, LCSW is passionate about supporting moms to be resilient. As a mother of three daughters under 8 and a survivor of postpartum depression and anxiety Jennifer knows exactly how challenging motherhood can be. She also knows that there is hope for all of us and with accurate information, support and inspiration that mothers and families can thrive.
Jennifer’s years of clinical experience as a social worker and her own personal journey gives her the unique ability to guide other moms on their path to health and wellness. You can also learn more about Jennifer, the services she offers and purchase her books on maternal self-care at www.themindfulfamily.com/jennifer.