The Energy Behind Knit
Mamas everywhere are looking for more energy, both physically and emotionally! Here at Knit, we want to help you with both. Whether you are pregnant, breastfeeding or chasing kids around, we know you often need a little boost, and we want to be just that for YOU!
The truth is, you actually do need more energy during pregnancy and lactation. You need more calories, as well as have an increased need for many vitamins and minerals that play a role in helping your body create energy from the food you eat. If you consume too little of either, you are likely to feel more fatigued than usual.
Knit was designed and formulated to help provide you with those increased vitamin and mineral needs in the form of a flavorful, hydrating beverage. Low in calories, and a great way to meet your daily fluid needs, it is a nutrient-rich way to help provide what you and baby require to grow, develop and feel energized. Checkout the energy behind Knit:
Niacin (Vitamin B-3)
Niacin, or vitamin B-3, helps your body convert food into energy. It also plays a role in repairing DNA and acts like an antioxidant. Some research suggests it can even boost brain function, a win for all pregnant moms!
While deficiency is rare, you do have an increased need in pregnancy. Knit helps provide you with what you need! You can also find niacin in foods like chicken, beef, tuna, peanuts, lentils and fortified grains and cereals.
Vitamin B-6, also known as pyridoxine, plays an important role in metabolism. Metabolism is the process of converting food to energy, making vitamin B-6 a necessity in pregnancy. It also plays a role in the development of your baby’s brain and nervous system.
In addition, there is research to support vitamin B-6’s role in helping to reduce nausea. In fact, it is actually a component of a common medication used to treat morning sickness. One study of 342 women, in their first 17 weeks of pregnancy, reported that 30 mg of vitamin B-6 a day helped to reduce feelings of nausea within 5 days.
Your body does not make vitamin B-6, so you must consume it from food and supplements. Knit provides you with all you need in pregnancy, while staying within the recommended doses.
Vitamin B-12, also known as cobalamin, is another vitamin your body cannot make. While B-12 in itself does not give your body energy, a deficiency in this vitamin can cause fatigue and lack of energy. So, if you have a deficiency, then increasing your intake of B-12 can help to improve energy levels.
Vitamin B-12 also plays a role in producing red blood cells, which helps carry oxygen to your cells. It is crucial in pregnancy, as studies show that a baby’s brain and nervous system both require vitamin B-12 for proper development. B-12 is primarily found in animal foods, so mamas that eat plant-based definitely need to consider supplementation after consulting with your obstetrician.
Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is an important antioxidant that helps your body stay strong and healthy. It also helps with collagen formation and the making of new tissues. However, your body does not stock-pile vitamin C. It is a water soluble vitamin, like the other vitamins listed here, which means your body uses what it needs and then gets rid of the rest.
Knit was designed to provide just the amount you need as a pregnant mom! Depending on what flavor you choose, it also provides you with about 69-73% of your vitamin C needs during lactation. You can also get vitamin C in foods like citrus fruits and their juices (oranges, kiwi, strawberries, mango, etc.), tomatoes and tomato sauces and red and green bell peppers! Adding lime to your water is another way to increase your vitamin C intake.
Folic acid is an important vitamin for stimulating the formation of red blood cells that help carry oxygen to your body. It is also plays a role in the making of DNA and the production of important chemical signals in the nervous system.
Folic acid has been identified as a critical vitamin for helping to prevent neural tube defects in your baby, such as spina bifida. While the recommendation for all women is 400 mcg, in pregnancy your need increase to 600 mcg. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends that pregnant women consume the increased amount on a daily basis. Folic acid is found in most prenatal vitamins as well as Knit! It occurs naturally in certain foods (as folate), such as cooked green leafy vegetables, fortified cereals and grains, avocado and asparagus.
Science can be tricky, but opening a bottle of Knit is not! Not only does it taste good, Knit truly helps you get the nutrients you need in pregnancy!
-Amy Goodson, MS, RD, CSSD, LD
*If you are taking a variety of supplements, be sure to talk to your doctor for guidance.