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Archive Category: Children’s Health

Fish Oil and Probiotics During Pregnancy–for Baby’s Health

April 23rd, 2018

Research has noted a 33% reduction in risk of allergies with fish oil and a 20% reduction in risk of eczema with probiotics. Check out the details in this article! Good over-the-counter brands include Nordic Naturals and Carlson.

Changing Baby Poop

March 13th, 2018

The pH of baby poop has been changing since the 1920’s with “acceleration” of this change in the 1980’s. I suspect that increased carbohydrate and packaged/processed foods by nursing mothers is at least contributory, but more research is needed. That being said, a whole (real) food diet consisting primarily of vegetables (especially leafy greens), plus fruit, healthfully raised meats, and healthy fats is optimal over packaged and processed foods, period. Check out this article.

A Colic Treatment That Works!

January 23rd, 2018

I’ve had great success with homeopathic Chamomilla for colicky conditions in infants, but I’m excited about having another option. Research in Poland, Italy, Canada and Australia is showing that Lactobacillus reuteri helps, too. For the comfort of your child and your peace of mind, check out this article.

Dangers of Mattresses

January 8th, 2018

Shopping for mattresses can be daunting–they are expensive, there are many options, AND they can be TOXIC. EWG.org has posted this article on crib mattress studies showing not only VOC’s which are dangerous, but fragrances and more. You can bet these studies would likely apply to other mattresses, too. I can recommend cotton or natural latex mattresses. If you are lucky enough to live in the Portland, OR/Vancouver, WA area, we have a couple of options: Mulligan Mattress and Cotton Cloud Natural Beds. I recently purchased a natural latex mattress and am thrilled!! Very comfortable, no chemical odors, sleeping better–Hurrah!! I even bought a natural latex pillow which I also recommend. Please read the article and check out these mattress options. To your health!

Bucking the Fast Food Marketing

December 18th, 2017

Bucking the Fast Food Marketing

 

Making fresh, homecooked meals every night is a rarity for millions of people that are busy with work and family life. Today, convenience foods and fast food restaurants have become the go-to for many busy families around the country. Convenience food products such as frozen pizzas, prepared mixes, canned soups, and other microwaveable foods means that individuals and families are lacking quality, wholesome nutrition. Processed food items like these usually have very little fiber, high saturated fat and sodium content, and lack the nutrients that fresh foods have. There has been controversy for many decades over microwaving food and the dangers of zapping nutritional content.

Yet, advertising and commercials make these processed foods appealing because they’re fast and easy to prepare, but in fact, they’re doing real damage to your health and can be a hazard to healthy living. Don’t fall victim to fast food marketing tactics. A whole food diet can be quick and even more economical. Here are some mistakes to avoid and tips on how to change what you eat so you can live a healthier lifestyle.

#1: Plan.
Set aside time to plan your menu for the week and if you’re short on time, get your shopping done in one trip at the beginning of the week to cut down time spent on stopping at the grocery store multiple times.  Planning can not only save you money, but it will also help you prepare on what meals you need to cook ahead of time and which ones you’ll need to set aside time to prepare when you get home at night. Planning ahead will help you start integrating, fresh, homecooked meals into your diet rather than relying on convenience food day in and day out.

#2: Make your diet a “whole” one.
If you live a busy, active lifestyle, you can still eat well while on the go. Just prepare fresh meals ahead of time and then freeze them until you’re ready to eat it, then add some fresh organic fruit and vegetables as your side dish. Your diet should include a variety of raw, fresh fruits and vegetables, so if you’re hungry during the day for a snack, instead of giving into your craving for a greasy bag of chips, have a variety of fresh items on hand or items that have low saturated fat and no processed sugar to eat instead. Or, invest in a blender or juicer, as this can allow you to drink your fruits and veggies and make it a flavorful treat during the day! It is very important to make each meal as well-balanced as possible.

If you’re tired of feeling lethargic or even “empty” after eating processed, packaged foods, it’s time to make a change. Do your homework when it comes to the importance of what you’re putting in your body. If you’re struggling with how to make a positive change in how you eat and you need help on how to adjust your diet and lifestyle, I can help provide some helpful tips and some of my favorite go-to healthy foods. Your health as well as the health of your family is incredibly important and making a shift away from convenience foods to fresh, wholesome products will be life-giving in the end.

The Dangers of Fragrances and Chemicals

November 28th, 2017

The Dangers Of Fragrances and Chemicals

Whether it’s everyday cleaning supplies, air fresheners, laundry detergents, or expensive perfumes and lotions, artificial fragrance and the chemicals that go into some of these products can be very damaging to not only our environment, but our health as well. Even products that are labeled “unscented” can be full of chemicals that are not healthy. Toxins in synthetic scents have been known to cause cancer, birth defects, nervous system disorders, hormonal imbalances, allergic reactions, and more.

A 2008 study that was published in Environmental Impact Assessment Review looked at the gasses that were released off six well-known consumer products, including dryer sheets, laundry detergent, and air fresheners. Researchers found that there were 98 volatile organic compounds found in these things, which made the indoor air more toxic than outdoor air. Some of these chemicals had even been classified as hazardous air pollutants or carcinogens by the EPA. (1)

Unfortunately, we’re surrounded by fragrances everywhere we go. So, how do you limit your exposure to the toxic chemicals and fragrances that permeate our environment? Here are some tips and suggestions that can help.

Tip #1: Reduce your exposure to synthetic fragrance.
Products that are labeled “unscented” are not always fragrance-free, so when you’re shopping, look for products that have no added fragrance in them. Avoid using air fresheners and if you want to reduce odors around your home, open your windows for some fresh air. Or, consider cooking up some herbs or spices on the stove with cinnamon spice, fresh pine needles, or cut-up fruit in some water that can simmer and add a nice scent to your space.

Tip #2: Create your own cleaning products.
Making your own cleaning products is not only safer for your health and the environment, but it can often be less expensive. There are hundreds, maybe even thousands of recipes online for homemade cleaning products that are effective and use non-toxic ingredients.

Tip #3: Eliminate personal care products with a lot of chemicals in them.
Personal care products are often packed with harmful chemicals. Read the labels of your personal care items closely and get rid of the ones that have sodium laureth sulfate and parabens in them. Do some research about what other safe products are out there that you can use on your skin or hair, throw out the old stuff, and commit to using the new non-toxic products regularly.

Tip #4: Don’t track in chemicals.
Did you know that your shoes can bring in chemicals to your home, too? Use a door mat to catch dirt and chemicals, then when you get inside, take your shoes off to avoid tracking stuff around the home that you don’t want to contaminate the area with. Mop your floors and vacuum regularly to increase indoor air quality and keep your home free as possible of toxic chemicals.

A healthy future begins with small steps like this and over time, they can lead to positive, lasting change in your life and the lives of your family members that live in your home. For more information on healthy personal care and cleaning items, visit the EWG site here.

  1. “Toxic fragrance in the air.” EWG News and Analysis. August 22, 2008. Accessed online November 21, 2017. https://www.ewg.org/enviroblog/2008/08/toxic-fragrance-air#.WhSRvTeIbIW

Too Much Milk

October 31st, 2016

Yes, there is such a thing as too much milk  for our children and for adults. In fact, many children have increased risk of eczema and ear infections due to dairy consumption. While dairy is a good source of calcium and vitamin D, I recommend trying yogurt or kefir, if dairy is tolerated. And keep those dark leafy greens included in meals. Sardines are another good source of both calcium and vitamin D. Nutrient variety is important! 🙂

Chemical Exposure Staggering

October 25th, 2016

Chemical exposure in the United States is increasing our health care costs AND reducing our IQ’s. This article further discusses PBDE’s (polybrominated diphenyl ethers–flame retardants). PBDE’s are in just about everything and are known endocrine-disruptors. One mechanism is that the bromide molecule blocks iodine from our receptors. This in turn block thyroid function leading to hypothyroid symptoms and potential thyroid cancer. Bromide can also accumulate in breast tissue and is likely associated with breast cancer as well. Iodine deficiency is also associated with insulin resistance and weight gain. While it would be almost impossible to avoid PBDE’s while living in the US, but you may want to have your iodine and bromide levels checked. If you are iodine deficient, supplementation could help “flush out” bromide. Caution must be exercised with iodine supplementation or suppression of thyroid function can occur.

So, this note kinda went down a rabbit-hole. First, the high cost of chemical exposure in the US. Then the adverse impact of these chemicals on our health and IQ. Then the link of bromide with thyroid, breast, blood sugar and weight gain problems. Then testing for iodine and bromide to determine supplementation needs. Whew! I do encourage you to make an appointment to have testing and potentially reduce the risk of these dangerous chemicals.

BTW–Did you know that there are endocrine disruptors in your nail polish, too?

Natural Cleaners??

October 21st, 2016

Even so-called “natural cleaners” may contain dangerous chemicals. A big part of the problem is that companies are not required to label cleaning products ingredients. And sources of dangerous chemicals can be  hidden in different terms such as “fragrance”.  Your best bet? Make your own! There are many simple and effective options. For example, this article recommends adding baking soda to liquid soap for a bathroom scrub. Here is another link to some great ideas! You can even use just baking soda to clean toilets, etc. And guess what works best on windows and mirrors? water and a flour-sack cotton cloth. Use caution with essential oils as well. Many companies use solvents to extract the essential oil and then dangerous residues can be present in the final product. And PLEASE avoid triclosan which is in many anti-bacterial soaps and toothpastes! The FDA has even put a ban on triclosan but it isn’t in effect until September 2017. To your health!!

Natural Cleaning Options

Natural Cleaning Options

Some Simple Ways to Help Improve Focus (ADHD?)

October 21st, 2016

I agree with these ways to improve focus–healthy protein (preferably in your diet), essential fatty acids (cod liver oil is my favorite), and lots of leafy greens. I also recommend testing for food intolerances which can be huge triggers. And avoiding sugar is a must–yes, that includes artificial sweeteners as well. Sometimes honey or maple syrup is tolerated for a sweet treat. Exercise is also shown to help improve brainn health. There are also specific supplements that can help depending upon individual needs. Please call!

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