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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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Chemtrails or Contrails? The Population Control Debate

The trail of clouds that come from an airplane flying across the sky can be an amazing site to see for children and adults alike, but there are other theories out there that could be alarming. I actually thought they were sky writers, or acrobatic airplanes decorating the skies when I was small. But little did I know the truth. Continue reading to hear the disturbing side of what these lines in the skies mean to many.

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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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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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