Stop the PMS Nightmare

Did you know that periods aren't supposed to be painful? In most cases the debilitating cramps, irritability, weight gain, acne, abdominal bloating, cravings, and mood swings may actually be caused by hormonal imbalance, food allergies, magnesium deficiency, or too much sugar in your diet. Your body is sending you a message. Start listening! Maybe you all knew this, but for me this is big news. I always thought that women have to be in at least a little bit of pain, and if I wasn't I felt uneasy.  An old wife's tale from my country was that if you have painful periods you will have easy births. So I welcomed the pain and felt relieved. As a teenager, while laying in bed in the fetal position, holding a heated water bottle to my abdomen and moaning, I couldn't be happier. My mama fed me chicken soup and tried to make [...]

July 26th, 2014|Categories: Healthy Lifestyle|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

How to Choose a Good Supplement

Purchasing a well balanced multivitamin can be quite a daunting process. I have stared at the supplement aisle completely frozen with indecision many times, often too embarrassed to ask for help. I wasn't even sure what sort of criteria to look for ... price, packaging, label, company, etc. Have you asked yourself on what basis you should buy a multivitamin?  Here are a few major tips I have learned through my micro nutrients class. Remember expensive supplements are not necessarily better! 1.Natural vs Synthetic When you see the word "natural" on a bottle it typically means that there are no questionable additives like food coloring, tar, corn starch, or sugar. The term natural refers to the fact that the supplement does not contain other unnatural ingredients. Here, there is a difference. Supplements that are not labeled natural may also include coal tars, artificial coloring, preservatives, sugars, starch, and sometimes other additives.   The Real [...]

December 9th, 2012|Categories: Nutrition|Tags: , |4 Comments

Are Antioxidants Secretly Saving Your Life?

As the number of degenerative diseases is on the rise so is the search for new cures. Unfortunately, we still haven't discovered a miraculous antidote that would heal our dear ones ravished by cancer, heart attacks, or auto-immune disorders. However, through proper nutrition, stress management, and exercise, we can help prevent some of these debilitating conditions, and in some cases even begin to reverse the damage. Often a depleted immune system is primarily a result of years of free radical damage. What are free radicals? An atom is in a stable form when each electron on the outer shell has a complimentary counterpart spinning in the opposite direction. Beerman (2010) explains that a free radical is an atom that has lost at least one of its complimentary electrons from the outer shell. This loss causes the atom to become highly reactive. It will frantically seek to add back the missing electron(s) to [...]

December 4th, 2012|Categories: Nutrition|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Five Reasons Why You Should Take Supplements

Recently I started a class on micro nutrients. I was excited about all the new information I was learning until I realized sheepishly that some of my views on vitamins and minerals had to change.While I still buy a rainbow of fresh veggies and fruits plus a large variety of meats, to ensure the consumption of a balanced array of nutrients and phytonutrients for my family, I have become acutely aware of the need for supplementation with a multivitamin. It was a rather difficult, humbling realization that took me a few weeks to process. Here are five reasons that convinced me to supplement with a well balanced, natural multivitamin:   1. Soil Depletion Industrialized farming has left our soils depleted. Out of more than 70+ trace minerals necessary for producing healthy, nutrient-dense crops, modern farming methods put only two to three trace minerals back into the soil after harvest. Lieberman (2007) explains that our soil is depleted of selenium [...]

November 25th, 2012|Categories: Nutrition|Tags: , |5 Comments
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