Worried about radiation exposure? Accidents at nuclear powder plants – like the one in Fukushima – might have you avoiding seafood from the West coast. But before you put on your radiation suit, it’s important to understand what radiation is and how it affects you. Nuclear Radiation 101 Before you put on your radiation suit, it's important to understand what radiation is and how it affects you. The most common radioactive … [Read more...] about Protect Yourself From Radiation Exposure With One Commonsense Step
When it comes to the natural supplements my family takes, I like to take a minimal approach – using real food as the foundation for good health and filling in where the body might need a little extra help. This rule especially applies to kids. On the daily (well, ok, a few times per week), I mix up a concoction of cod liver oil and a few other supplements for my kids. Over the past eight years, I've gotten some good … [Read more...] about Tested Tricks For Getting Kids To Take Natural Supplements
A favorite side dish around these parts is my newest and best Spanish rice recipe. You many be thinking…it’s just rice, right? But cooked up with bone broth, smothered in butter or coconut oil, seasoned with savory flavors, and finished with fermented fish sauce – my picky kids devour this stuff while I sit by, thrilled they are eating my secret superfood. See, homemade stock (unlike the kind you buy in the store) is packed … [Read more...] about How To Make My Best Spanish Rice Recipe
In my acupuncture practice, I often see patients who think they are just stuck suffering through cold sores. Luckily, you can use food to support your immune system and a few select supplements for cold sore home remedies. If you’re one of the millions who struggle with cold sores, then you’ve come to recognize that characteristic tingling feeling when one is about to emerge. As many as 85% of people carry the herpes … [Read more...] about Cold Sore Home Remedies That Actually Work
Sometimes, babies need formula. So what is the best baby formula? Regardless of how adamantly you or I may suggest that breast milk is the best food for a baby, the fact remains that about 25% of newborns in the U.S. are not breastfed. According to the CDC’s 2008 statistics, roughly 64 % of babies receive supplemental formula by three months. Based on these numbers, nearly two-thirds of our newborns begin life with … [Read more...] about How To Find The Best Baby Formula
Growing up, I don't really recall having limits on screen time. And educational apps didn't yet exist. I watched hours of television after school - General Hospital, Little House On The Prairie, Roseanne, and You Can't Do That on Television. I can still sing jingles for commercials from breakfast cereal to refreshing bars of soap. I played Super Mario Brothers and Tetris on Nintendo until my brain hurt...and I turned out OK, … [Read more...] about The Real Risks Of Educational Apps And Screen Time
Some couples seem to glance at each other and end up with a bun in the oven. Others may focus on food to boost their fertility. But if you're trying to conceive, it’s super important to grasp the basics of how to get pregnant. This means getting familiar with the rhythms of your body and picking up tools like the fertility awareness method – which is a way to keep track of your fertility signs. At its core, the fertility … [Read more...] about How To Use The Fertility Awareness Method To Get Pregnant
Willing to pass on water bottled in flimsy plastic? And completely skeeved by what may be lurking in your tap water? Me too. With bottled water and tap water out of the picture, that leaves filtered water. Because good drinking water essential for survival and health, you probably want to use one of the best water filters you can find. But boy, is the water filter market confusing. Here's a breakdown of why you'd want to … [Read more...] about Your 3-Minute Guide To The Best Water Filters
Among advice-givers, opinions vary about starting baby on solids, including which first foods are best for baby. Ultimately, it’s up to parents to decide based their baby’s needs. But there are a few guidelines that can help you make that decision. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, you can begin starting baby on solids at four to six months. Before this age, a baby’s tongue-pushing reflex that helps with … [Read more...] about My Best Tips When Starting Baby On Solids
Touted as a miracle food in 90’s, the hype around soy is still alive and well. While soy can be a good source protein for folks avoiding animal-based foods (and fermented soybean is an awesome source of vitamin K2), it also has a long list of reasons why you might want to avoid it. This list includes things like allergies, thyroid problems, PMS, and infertility. Before you drown your cereal in soy milk, order a soy latte, … [Read more...] about Three Reasons To Ditch Soy Products
While I've had two wonderful and successful homebirths, I truly believe that the best place to birth your baby is the place where you will feel the safest and most supported. But is homebirth safe? Let's clear up some confusion... When it comes to comfort, there's little argument that your home is more comfy than a hospital room. In a hospital, nothing is familiar. Within earshot there may be a group of nurses speaking to … [Read more...] about Is Home Birth Safe?
If you’re like me, you'd rather naturally fortify your kid’s diet with nutrient-rich foods rather than a supplement. The food over supplement rule may even apply to your wee one – when the vitamin K shot is offered within hours of birth. After all, doesn't breast milk have everything your baby needs? Not so fast. There's something called vitamin K deficiency. It can affect newborns. And it's life-threatening. The vitamin … [Read more...] about Is The Vitamin K Shot A Big Hoax?