5 tips for surviving your first 12 months of mothering

I have three children.  And each time I got a little better, a little bolder, a little stronger.  With each child I felt a little more in control.  But for each child, the first 12 months were the hardest, emotionally and physically. Pregnancy, birth and recovery take an immense amount of energy.  They are energy…

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Are Probiotics Safe For Your Baby?

Over the last decade or so, there has been an explosive interest in understanding the bacteria that inhabit our bodies.  Supplement companies and researchers have been hard at work investigating efficacy and safety of probiotics as a tool to support health.  But the questions remain for parents:  are probiotics safe for your baby, and are…

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Eat The Rainbow… here’s how (video)

  Certain families of phytonutrients have been associated with different colors.  When you “eat the rainbow” you ensure you are getting some of every family represented in your diet. If you struggle getting all the colors into yourself or your kids, scroll down to the bottom of this post to learn about the ONLY broad spectrum supplement…

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Vitamin A in Pregnancy: toxic or essential?

Vitamin A is a critical nutrient for healthy pregnancy. Sufficient vitamin A in pregnancy is needed for proper fetal skeletal and palette formation, proper development and regulation of the immune system, proper communication between the senses and the brain and proper lung development. In animal tests vitamin A deficiency in pregnancy animals produced spontaneous abortion,…

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Staying Healthy Over the Holidays

Staying healthy over the holidays… is it on your radar? The holidays are wonderful, in their way, but they also create stress on our bodies.  When there’s stress we get run down and we’re more likely to get sick.  During the holidays we’re out of our rhythm, our eating patterns change, our diets sometimes change, and, depending…

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Kids Can’t Sleep?… The role of calcium

Sometimes kids complain that they can’t fall asleep and they are up until 11 or 12 at night.  This can drive parents crazy as it eats into their own downtime, not to mention it can make for a grumpy morning. But lack of sleep also leads to reduced concentration and ability to learn and can also…

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Vitamin C overdose… is it possible?

There is some controversy around how much vitamin C is good for children. Current recommendations for children are 15 mg for ages 1-3 and 25 mg for 4-8year olds (1).  That’s not very much!  To give you some context, a small orange contains about 51 mg of vitamin C. But go to the supplement section…

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What To Look For When Choosing Supplements

  Though I generally choose food first in my practice, very often supplements are also necessary. It takes some time to transition your family’s diet, good quality food is sometimes hard to access, and in some cases deep nutritional deficits can be supported more effectively with the addition of a supplement. Supplements can be helpful…

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