Posts in August


BREASTFEEDING: AN INCREDIBLE “VALUE” TO MOM AND NEWBORN

One reason to be as healthy as possible before you give birth is that your newborn will continue to be largely dependent on mom’s immune system while his or hers is still developing.  The more normal your weight, blood sugar, and inflammatory markers are during pregnancy, the better the chances that your breast milk will contain the optimum nutrient levels for your baby’s health at birth and throughout life.  Not only will particular compounds in your breast milk (which are not found in formula) help your baby to avoid infection, allergies, and asthma-like symptoms, they will also reduce his or her chances of developing serious autoimmune diseases, including type I diabetes.  In fact, breast-feeding has been shown to protect babies from a wide range of potential diseases and developmental issues, including obesity.

To make sure that you pass along optimum immunity and a chance to achieve a lifetime of great health for your infant, it is important that “mom” consume as many health-promoting nutrients (including vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, and phytonutrients) as possible.

Breastfeeding is also good for mom.  Not only does it speed up the loss of post-pregnancy weight, is has also been shown to reduce mom’s stress level, and risk for developing future heart disease and breast cancer.

Babies were exclusively breast-fed for thousands of years.  It is only as formula has become more readily available and societies have become industrialized and affluent that women have even had the ability to choose whether to breastfeed.  In fact, in some instances choosing NOT to breastfeed has become a socioeconomic status symbol.  Unfortunately, this is one instance in which modernization and “freedom” is not an improvement.  There are, of course, some instances when a mom cannot breastfeed, and we are all blessed that companies have developed formula.  For more on breastfeeding, you can purchase on Amazon my book: SuperFoods Rx For Pregnancy-The Right Choices for A Healthy, Smart, Superbaby, John Wiley & Sons, 2013.

 

Time to protect your skin and prevent skin cancer through the foods you eat.

Skin cancer is the most common of all cancers in the United States. If your younger than age sixty and diagnosed with skin cancer, your risk for multiple systemic cancers is significantly increased. Therefore, healthy skin equals healthy immune system which equals decreased risk for not only skin cancer, but also for systemic cancers like breast cancer, prostate cancer, non-Hodgkins Lymphoma, and Leukemia.

Not only do you want to use a good sunscreen but you want to eat foods that significantly lower your risk for cancer. (These can be found in my Superhealth Book) Be sure to reapply your sunscreen every 2 hours. Pay careful attention to your nose, lips, ears, chest and face. These are the places where the most dangerous skin cancers are likely to form. You should avoid the sun between 10am and 3pm. What my wife and I do everyday is we have about 4ozs of carrot juice in the morning and 4ozs of RW Knudsen Very Veggie Vegetable Cocktail in the evening before dinner. This will offer some protection from the sun. Within 4-6 weeks you will also notice your skin will have a natural tan.

Have a happy, healthy summer!

 

Time to protect your skin and prevent skin cancer through the foods you eat.

Skin cancer is the most common of all cancers in the United States. If your younger than age sixty and diagnosed with skin cancer, your risk for multiple systemic cancers is significantly increased. Therefore, healthy skin equals healthy immune system which equals decreased risk for not only skin cancer, but also for systemic cancers like breast cancer, prostate cancer, non-Hodgkins Lymphoma, and Leukemia.

Not only do you want to use a good sunscreen but you want to eat foods that significantly lower your risk for cancer. (These can be found in my Superhealth Book) Be sure to reapply your sunscreen every 2 hours. Pay careful attention to your nose, lips, ears, chest and face. These are the places where the most dangerous skin cancers are likely to form. You should avoid the sun between 10am and 3pm. What my wife and I do everyday is we have about 4ozs of carrot juice in the morning and 4ozs of RW Knudsen Very Veggie Vegetable Cocktail in the evening before dinner. This will offer some protection from the sun. Within 4-6 weeks you will also notice your skin will have a natural tan.

Have a happy, healthy summer!