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A nutritional take on morning sickness

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A nutritional take on morning sickness

Morning sickness affects alot of women, up to 85% of women to be exact. Hyperemesis gravidarum (HG) also affects alot of women and it is the most common cause of hospital admissions during the first trimester.   Some common characteristics of morning sickness includes dehydration, nausea and vomiting, electrolyte imbalances, nutritional deficiencies, weight loss, increased thirst, metabolic imbalances and abnormal liver function tests.   Before we dive deep into some great dietary management techniques for morning sickness lets establish the basics: First up avoid offensive smelling foods and those that make you nauseous. It’s also best to eat cold food...

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New Year New Me

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New Year New Me

It may be cheesy but it's true, there is no better time to start a new habit than a new year! With the new year in full swing what have you got in place to make sure your year is a cracker?   Whether it be to chill out more, get a job promotion or have a successful birth.   What it is great to do to divide up your yearly goals by health (physical, mental, spiritual) with work/study. This allows you to see what areas and lack of time you may be giving to certain areas of your life....

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Tangy Orange Bliss Balls

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Tangy Orange Bliss Balls

These orange bliss balls are a hit because they give a citrus and chocolate buzz all in one! They are also nutrient dense containing selenium (great for thyroid function) as well as zinc, iron, potassium and magnesium.   Let me know what you think! Ingredients 1-2 oranges 1/2 cup of buckwheat kernels 5 brazil nuts 3/4 cup of cashews or almonds 1 cup of shredded coconut 12 medijool dates 3 Tsp coconut oil 1/3 cup of cacao powder Method Add all the dry ingredients into the processor: cacao powder, buckwheat kernels, brazil nuts, cashews and coconut and blend on high...

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Thinking of a home birth?

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Thinking of a home birth?

You don’t need to be somebody ‘amazing’ to have a homebirth, you just have to be willing. You also have to be somewhat low risk so it is safe for you to give birth in your home along with being determined and believing in the power of you and your body. Women are born to birth. We don’t need hormones and pharmaceutical interventions to help birth our babies, we can do that all on our own. After my successful homebirth I have had many questions on what I did mentally and physically to prepare. So below I am going to...

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Why is gut microbiome important for babies and children?

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Why is gut microbiome important for babies and children?

Why is healthy microbiome for a baby so important? Microbiome which a baby ascertains from the mother affects the baby’s entire health. Microbiome impacts immune system (think colds, ear infections, flus), chances of obesity and metabolic disease, depression, eczema and other skin issues, type 2 diabetes, anxiety and gastro-intestinal issues such as colic, coeliac disease and irritable bowel syndrome. Poor microbiome in babies is linked to cesarean births as the baby does not gain the required microbiome strains like they do when passing through the vagina (as the vagina has microbiome within). Although if a mother has poor vaginal microbiome...

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