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I will do my best today, because I want to do it, not because I have to do it and not because I am trying to please others.

   
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Benefits of Massage During Pregnancy & Postpartum

With more and more massage centers offering multiple visit discounts on massage, there are many economical ways to find great deals on massage packages. Pregnancy changes the female’s body in almost every single aspect, from emotional roller coasters due to hormonal shifts, to the physical growth and expansion of the body cavities. Let’s not forget to mention the added pressures on the joints and muscles as well as the psychological pressures of becoming a mother, and all of those factors adding to the existing family entity and THEN staying healthy and well, all around. Mama needs a break.

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Pregnancy: The Importance of Vitamin D and Iron

The pregnant mother is going through many physiological changes, which means the micronutrients of the mother’s daily diet must accompany such changes. There is a great amount of research that points to proper nutrients and supplementation in a pregnant and lactating mother’s diet and the low morbidity and healthy birth weight and baby health success of the new born. There has been much importance placed on folate, iron (do decrease anemia risk) and iodine levels in pregnant mothers in the past, but this article will focus on two minerals that seem to be consistently deficient in most women of the child bearing age: Vitamin D and Iron. The following is an overview as to why these two deserve extra attention.

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So Many Reasons to Start Splishing, Splashing & Swimming

One of the best aerobic exercises that is easy on the skeletal system, relaxes sore muscles and stiff joints while strengthening the entire body’s circulatory and muscular system is swimming. With the modern technology of well insulated wet suits, heated saline pools and other hydro wonders, unless you live in the arctic, swimming is a very possible year round activity for the young and senior. After more than 15 years of running long distance and tracking miles on the treadmill and pavement, I began looking for other exciting ways to stretch out the body, be challenged and find something that is refreshing, fun and easier on my knees and back. I found yoga, which I practice almost daily, but for a change in scenery, and especially during the hot summer months, swimming became my new found obsession.

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12 Top Foods For Pregnant Moms and Growing Peanuts

There are so many lists of foods that are on the “do not eat” list for pregnant women. I like to make expecting mothers’ lives a little easier and provide foods that are best for mom and baby in the belly consumption. Of course, a wide variety of whole and fresh foods is ideal, but below is a list of top foods to help growing baby develop best as well as keeping mommy healthy, energetic and well.

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Nausea: Pregnancy, Vertigo, Headaches, Motion Sickness- Foods that Help

Whether you are pregnant and experiencing morning sickness, have a bad case of vertigo that won’t go away, food borne illness, hormone induced head pains, have sinus headaches from environmental high pressure or have equilibrium challenges from movement or unstable inner ear liquids, nausea is a lingering nemesis that is ruining your ability to function. Chronic nausea takes every ounce of movement your body completes and exacerbates the un-comfortableness, leaving you miserable. People who suffer from nausea (one form or another) probably experiences food aversions and refrains from eating, for the thought of food may stimulate gag reflexes. Some research shows a large portion of people, especially women, who experience nausea, do so because they are not eating and drinking enough nourishment and have low blood sugar.

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The Growing Belly and The Growing Vegan Trend

There is a positive growing trend in people researching and turning vegan, not just among celebrities and Yogi followers, and not just along the coastal regions of North America, but among those who seek improved heart, diabetes and weight health. Surely the horse meat scandal did not help the meat industry, but this popular interest and curiosity toward a lifestyle involving not eating or harming any animals (including bees and their honey) is a bit controversial. In fact, it is seen as many, especially people in the Western medical culture as unhealthy and dangerous. Now take someone who is pregnant and vegan. Suddenly it is morally wrong to deny a growing baby meat protein?

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9 Types of Body Wraps for Weightloss, Circulation and Detox

Body wraps are one of the best ways to relax in a spa. There are many types of body wraps offered in professional salons and spas as well as great quality do-it-yourself wraps at home. The most popular reasons why people choose to have body wraps done is for toning and tightening specific trouble areas of the body, to rid the body of excess water weight and toxins, as an accelerator of weight and inch loss,  and to increase circulation. Here is a list of the most popular types of body wraps and how they are performed. Most people do not have negative reactions to body wraps, but always ask the technician about the ingredients in the minerals; clay, lotions and oils (especially if you have sensitive skin or are allergic to any type of chemical or plant). Aim for natural ingredients, read and follow the instructions before doing any wraps yourself.

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14 Best On Line Sources for Your Yoga Practice

If trying to keep up with a regular yoga practice is seemingly difficult due to summer schedules, work or lack of motivation, many on-line sources now make it easier for people to practice via computer, mobile devices, phone or tablets. If your home DVD is getting a little too easy or boring and you want a challenge and shake things up a bit, try these on line streaming sources below. The best part is the variety or yoga styles and teachers, low prices and the availability to stream to your mobile device 24/7. Technology is making it easier to fit in a little more relaxation, strength, breathing and “om” into our daily lives. Namaste to that!

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Acupuncture and Fertility: Having Babies Naturally

In most cases, women’s emotional health is directly linked to our menstrual health. If a woman’s menses are not PERFECT, I’m going to want to make it perfect with acupuncture, but mostly, with Chinese herbal formulas. This is a perfect cycle and is nothing short of what I strive for with every woman:

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Heartburn and Acid Reflux: Foods to Avoid & Foods that Relieve

One of the most common medical problems associated with digestive disorders is heartburn. Heartburn is a painful burning sensation in the esophagus, just below or behind the breastbone. The pain often rises in your chest and may radiate to your neck or throat. Heartburn occurs when the esophagus is swollen and irritated due to the hydrochloric acid that passes through it from the stomach. Its most prevalent symptom is a throbbing pain that originates at the back of the ribs and spreads out up to the throat. Generally, the pain is experienced after each meal. The sufferer may feel that as if there is a liquid in the stomach that is going the throat. In some instances, there may be a pungent or vinegary taste in the mouth. Lying down flat or sleeping will augment and aggravate the pain.

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