Apr 3, 2014

Sleep Deprived?

If you are a mom you most likely are familiar with sleepless nights! In fact it tops the list of the challenges faced by mothers of newborns. Of the 2,000 moms polled in a 2012 study, sleep deprivation was listed as the biggest challenge of early motherhood.

Knowing how to handle a tantrum, needing more patience and keeping up with household tasks came next. Knowing what to do with a sick and/or crying baby was in the top 5 things that made being a mom more difficult than expected. 

There is no doubt that being a mother is one the most demanding but rewarding things a woman can give herself to. And as in any other worthwhile endeavor, there are days when we wonder why we thought we could do this.

You can take comfort in knowing you are not alone, of the moms polled more than 95% said they found parenting to be more challenging than expected. 

One way to get more sleep, is having a happy, contented, healthy baby who sleeps all night. Most babies will sleep 6-9 hours at time by the time they are 6 months old. However, depending on how long it's been since you slept for more than 2 hours at a time, 6 months can seem pretty much the same as eternity. 

Moms have used herbs for centuries to calm and soothe their babies in hopes of getting what they need most; a few hours of uninterrupted sleep.

Infant Tummy-Aid is a growing favorite among sleep deprived moms and dads of unhappy infants. You can save 10% until April 30, 2014.

Mar 21, 2014

Did You Know...

The liquid extracted from the olive leaf holds antioxidant properties double that of green tea and more than triple that of vitamin C supplements?

According to Dr. Stevenson of Southern Cross University, of the 55 herbs tested in the study, the aqueous/methanol extract of the olive leaf demonstrated the highest antioxidant activity. The antioxidants contained in olive leaf extract are believed to minimize the effect of free radical damage, leaving far more of our immune system's resources available for fighting off the many threats to continued well being.

In spite of its obvious strength, Olive Leaf extract has few side effects and can generally be safely used by nursing or pregnant moms and children under two. The only contraindication, (instance where it should not be used) listed in The Physicians Desk Reference for Herbal Medicine, is gallstone sufferers.               

As the first botanical mentioned in the Bible, there is something very special about the olive leaf. Ancient Egypt may have been the first to recognize it’s medicinal value, using it’s oil to mummify their kings.

Hundreds of years later, in 1854 we have an entry by Daniel Hanbury in the British Pharmacuetical Journal who believed the bitterness of the olive leaf made it valuable. He shares a simple healing recipe:      
Boil a handful of leaves in a quart of water down to half the original volume, then administer the liquid in the amount of a wineglass every 3-4 hours until the fever is cured.

Decades later, scientists isolated a bitter substance from the olive leaf and named it oleuropein. Daniel Hanbury was right. Oleuropein is an important part of the compound produced by the olive tree that makes it particularly robust and resistant to insect and bacterial damage. 
For more information on the study visit:  http://scu.edu.au/news/media.phpitem_id=728&action=show_item

Mar 6, 2014

Which cleanse is right for me?

Ridding your body of parasites is foundational to the success of most cleanses. No matter where they have taken up residence in your body, or to what organ they have migrated, you want to be sure they are eliminated. Once removed, you want to keep the chance of re-infection as minimal as possible.
There are a countless number of cleanses out there today, and deciding on one can be a confusing and daunting task! Below are 5 simple steps to narrowing down your choices.

Is it doable for me?
In other words, if the cleanse requires drinking large glasses of slimy, gritty or terrible tasting stuff every day for two weeks, will you do it? If not, move on to a more doable option.

Do I need a two pronged fork?
If you have a heavy-metal load or yeast overgrowth, you want to get rid of the invaders and their cover simultaneously. Chose a doable cleanse for each and take them at the same time.

Love your Liver
Once you have taken care of anything living in your liver that shouldn't be there, loving on your liver can change everything! It can be as simple as eating well-washed fresh dandelion leaves everyday while they last. Taking a spring tonic like LiverGlow to gently stimulate, cleanse and nourish this important organ is a great choice. Choose a spring or digestive tonic containing at least one bitter herb. 

Get out the pipe cleaners
The intestines take up a lot of your abdominal space. Give them a break from the heavy winter foods. Spring brings a rush of lighter leafy greens-indulge! If you want to take it up a notch from here, choose a gentle intestinal cleanse that wont keep you parked near the restroom. Chances of finishing the cleanse are much higher if it doesn't interfere with your daily routine. 

Can my body use it?
Tablets are much harder to break down and absorb. Plus they contain unnatural binding agents. A liquid cleanse or capsules are a better choice.

Know what you want
Many people do a cleanse hoping to lose weight, while the mainfocus of most cleanses is to flush specific organs like the liver and get rid of toxin build up. Weight loss can happen as a result, but don't
confuse the two. Instead focus on the refreshing benefits of improved well being and enjoy having more energy.

Feb 26, 2014

Building a robust immune system

The strength or weakness of the immune system plays a large and very important role in our health and general well being. Made up of a complex network of cells, tissue and organs, they all work together to protect the body from invading bacteria, viruses, fungi and other detrimental microorganisms. A healthy, robust immune system responds quickly and effectively to these health threats. Most healthcare professionals agree that leading a healthy, balanced lifestyle leads to a strong, healthy immune system and better quality of life. Here are 7 natural, simple steps that anyone can take to support and boost the immune system.

Get enough rest 
Getting a regular 7-9 hours night of sleep keeps you primed to fight off an attack. Less sleep can weaken immune responses.

Run it off 
Even just 20 minutes of exercise every day can make a difference. Although you may feel tired and lethargic, forcing yourself to go on a quick walk after lunch will leave you feeling more energized and happier thanks to those endorphins.

Stress takes a toll on our bodies. Identify the three top stressors in your life. Find a way to minimize them or lessen their impact. Remember that nature is an antidote to anxiety, and it’s free! Let it’s beauty remind you of a caring Creator.

Be conscious to limit the amount of detrimental things you expose your body to. Wash hands frequently, for at least 20 seconds. Use a clean cutting board every time you need one and thoroughly wash all raw foods.

Build healthy intestinal bacteria 
These help keep the bad bacteria at bay. Yogurt and kefir with live cultures help, as do fermented foods such as sauerkraut. Supplements containing pre and pro-biotics can also help, are easily found at your local natural health foods store.

Cleanse and detox regularly
Your liver and intestines will benefit tremendously if you take time to care for them by doing a cleanse twice a year. Be sure to do a quality parasite cleanse before flushing or cleansing the liver.

Cut back on sugar
Find ways to satisfy your sweet tooth without sugar, as it suppresses the immune system. A 2013 study shows evidence that it actually effects the pumping mechanism of your heart by changing the muscle proteins.