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“B” Well and “B” Happy: Vitamin B Benefits and Deficiency

When people are truly low on any of the B vitamins, depression is one of the earliest symptoms. In fact, studies show that at least one in four of all people hospitalized for depression is deficient in pyridoxine (B-6) and cobalamin (B-12); another study suggests that over three-quarters of all depressed patients have a pyridoxine deficiency. Giving these patients even small doses of pyridoxine (B-6) improves their depression. The Optimum dose for B Vitamins for adults can range from 25mg to 300 mg daily, but workers with stressful jobs may require more, take up to 1000 mg day. Sadly, only a fraction of the adults in the United States are currently getting the recommended daily intake of all B vitamins by diet alone.

A total of eight B vitamins (six of which are essential), make up the essential components for transforming carbohydrates into glucose and for metabolizing fats in the body. Each provides a different service to the body, but they also work synergistically. B vitamins contribute to healthy hair, skin and eyes and play an important role in fetal health and development. Because B vitamins are water-soluble, the body uses them, but cannot store them. This means people need to consistently replenish their supply with healthy foods or supplements.

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Benefits of Breastfeeding

 Most birthing centers and doulas do a great job discussing the benefits of breastfeeding and persuading new mamas and mothers to be to choose and stick with breastfeeding. Hospitals are reaching more toward breastfeeding encouragement as well, but still rely heavily on giving out free samples of formula and telling mothers to supplement their babies with it when complications (unexpected C Section or premature births) occur. Below are good to know points on breastfeeding and perhaps little tid bits of information that was not talked about during Baby Delivery 101.

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The Many Benefits of Massage and Physical Touch

There is no better therapy out there (for almost any ailment) than physical massage therapy. Let’s take it more fundamental than massage therapy and call it physical connection, touch and energy exchange. On the most basic level, living things need touch to survive, thrive and feel connected and happy. Cut to professional massage: Okay, maybe there are a few other wonderful treatment alternatives to melt away the anxiety, relieve aches and pains and leave you feeling like floating on cloud 9 (like a piece of hot molten lava cake while sitting in a hammock over looking Bora Bora waters). Once touted as a luxury for the insanely rich or famous athlete, modern day massage therapy (either for recovery, relaxation or lymphatic drainage) is no longer only offered in upscale spas, resorts and health clubs. Today, massage therapy is offered in businesses, clinics, hospitals, in your own home, and even airports. Let’s learn about the many health benefits of massage, no matter if you are an infant or centurion senior.

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Eastern Asian & Chinese Traditions for Post-Partum

Eastern and Oriental Medicine, especially the Chinese, traditionally adhere to 30 days of restful confinement called “zhou ye”, where peace and quiet and alone time is honored so the mother can recover after having a baby. In India, confinement and rest lasts 40-60 days. During this time the postpartum mothers are to lay in bed, do very minimal (if any) house chores, consume lactation-inducing soups with black chicken and herbal tonics. According to Eastern Asian Medicine and the Chinese tradition, the woman must stay in bed behind closed windows, give up bathing, washing her hair and even brushing her teeth. She must not zan shui, or “touch water.”

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Revitalize Your Reproductive System Health

“Statistics show that one in five couples over the age of 30 have difficulty conceiving after one year of trying. Many of these couples turn to acupuncture and Oriental medicine for a safe, effective and natural solution to having a baby. 

Oriental medicine has a long history when it comes to enhancing reproductive health and fertility for both men and women. In fact, evidence that acupuncture and herbal medicine have been used to aid fertility can be found in early medical literature dating back to 3 AD.

Fertility treatments were first recorded by Zhang Zhong Jing, a famous physician from the Han Dynasty, in his discussion of diseases in women in the Jin Gui Yao Lue or Essentials of the Golden Cabinet.

Successful conception is more likely when both partners are healthy. With acupuncture and Oriental medicine, parents can improve their health to create the most optimal environment for conception.

According to the principles of Oriental medicine, a person’s health is determined by the quality of Qi, the vital life energy, and blood circulating through the body. When Qi and blood are circulating properly, the body is properly nourished and functioning optimally which, in turn, enhances fertility. 

In addition to their ability to strengthen, support, and balance overall health and well-being, acupuncture and Oriental medicine are effective in treating issues that affect reproductive health and fertility including: 

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Top 9 Disease Preventing Herbs and Spices

With the thousands of over the counter miracle-in-a-bottle pill bottles we face at the grocery stores and conventional markets (not to mention tens of thousands more prescription drugs that promise to alleviate symptoms of daily and chronic ailments), how do you know which chemical concoction is the best and most reliable? Remember that every drug (over the counter, generic or name brand) does not carryout in the body and deliver results-whether good or bad-without side effects. In Oriental, Ayurvedic and Eastern Asian medicines, most healing and chronic infection prevention can be found in our modern kitchen cabinet. Make sure you are well versed in the following herbs and spices, for they may just be the ingredient to stave away disease and booster health to optimum levels!

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The Amazing Benefits of Placenta. Freeze It. Cook It. Eat It?

Don’t be too shocked. Yes, people all over the world treat the placenta as a very sacred source of beneficial and medicinal source of anti-depressive, energy increasing, lactation promoting and hormonal replacing miracle supplement. Keep reading to see just how to reap the benefits of placenta, especially if you are an expecting mama, going into menopause, have hormonal or anxiety problems or are just simply interested.

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Charley Horses, Leg Cramps and Foot Spasms, Oh My!

If you frequent painful muscle spasms in the foot or legs, you are not alone. These often short lived but sometimes debilitating leg occurrences are brought on by overused or injured muscles, dehydration, having low levels of minerals such as potassium or calcium, or pregnancy. They can sneak up on you in the middle of the night or occur during a workout (especially if you are challenging your body to do new movements or heavier weights). Upper leg spasms are more common with running or jumping activities. Spasm in the neck (cervical spine) can be a sign of stress. Let’s take a look at additional causes of these painful spasms and ways to prevent them!

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Pregnancy and Exercise

There are so many conflicting “do’s” and “don’t’s” these days when it comes to pregnancy and what is accepted from the stand point of the modern medical professions to cultural and even generational beliefs. It seems like every article I read seems to either contradict the last one, or encourages mothers-to-be to push the antiquated envelop of bed-ridden pregnancies. I read articles on cross fit and marathon women competing and racing well into their third trimesters, and huge supports and nay-sayers for both sides. It’s like the “eggs are good and eggs are bad for you” argument. Which is it really? I recommend each mother to listen to their bodies, ask for help and guidance from fitness and health professionals if they have questions (not just googling and self assessing) and to stop painful movements, but many people ignore the body’s warning signs and need a check list of exactly what to and what not to do. Below is a very general guide for the modern woman regarding pregnancy and exercise. Take it at face value and then modify to your lifestyle and fitness ability.

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The Importance of Contact: Hugs, Touch and Massage

Researchers have proven the power of human. Human touch and contact is so fundamental to growth, sense of self, feelings of security and love, that without it, people stop thriving. Literally. From a childcare perspective, touch helps babies stay healthier, grow stronger, have better digestion and sleep better. Premature babies and newborns have a much greater chance of survival and thriving when in constant and immediate skin to skin contact and close proximity to another body. 

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