When you’re pregnant, you know how important it is to watch every little thing you put in your mouth and to be aware of things in your environment. Many women are shocked to find out that what they can ingest is still somewhat limited, however, if they choose to breastfeed following pregnancy. While you can go back to eating sushi, have an occasional drink, and take a few more medications that were off limits previously, you still need to watch what goes in your system and may come out in your milk. Herbal teas are great for soothing nerves, tummies, and a sore throat–but did you know there are many teas that help boost milk production and can even help a colicky baby? Continue reading for some tea ideas that are compatible with breastfeeding and even have extra benefits.
If you are on a mission to rid your house of unwanted chemicals, a great first place to start is your cleaning cabinet. There are many excellent natural cleaning products out there on the market that not only look great but are very expensive. While these products are great to have on hand, why not save yourself some money and make some at home? We’ve already addressed all the amazing uses of vinegar when it comes to cleaning, but did you know that baking soda has almost as many surprising and natural uses? Baking soda is non-toxic, multi-purpose and CHEAP and can be used in cleaning, baking, cooking, and even medicinally.
Hydrogen peroxide – chemically known as H2O2 – is one of the most common household disinfectants used in all parts of the world. In fact, the odds are pretty good that you have a bottle in your medicine cabinet or under your kitchen sink right now! Most people typically use hydrogen peroxide for sanitizing small cuts or even as a whitener for delicate items, however there is much more to this little brown bottle than most of us realize. Because of hydrogen peroxide’s anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal properties, it makes it one of the most valuable $2.00 purchases you can make at the drug store!
As parents, you likely strive to make sure your children are kept safe. Have you ever thought about how this extends to the food that they eat? Packaged and processed foods have become a convenient choice for today’s busy families. However, while you are striving for convenience are you considering safety and health related side effects? These foods are oftentimes filled with additives and preservatives to control the color, flavor, aroma, nutrition, texture, and shelf life. This results in an impossibly long ingredient list full of words that are hard to pronounce. Though some of these ingredients are said to be safe, many can have negative effects, especially on children.
For adults, there are a plethora of apps designed to help us track our food intake, figure out how healthy certain foods are for us, and track our daily movements. Nowadays, even our youngest kids are drawn to modern technology early on. Once you have determined that they have reached a maturity level where they are actually learning from the use of apps on devices such as an iPad or iPhone and you are allowing them some screen time, consider helping them learn all about health and nutrition. There are a host of games and apps promoting fitness and educating children about their bodies, and how to nourish themselves in a healthy manner.
Have you been introduced yet to the new “health trend,” a cup of bone broth a day? Don’t roll your eyes quite yet! This trend has a lot of substance (and followers) behind it. You know that almost nothing beats a steaming bowl of chicken noodle soup when you’re sick—right? Well, the benefits of that homemade broth on its own has super health benefits that can not only restore you back to health, but help prevent illness, improve your skin, hair, and nails, digestion, reduce allergies, and some have suggested it might even help reduce cellulite! Read on for an easy bone broth recipe and to find out more about the benefits of bone broth.
Have you spent the first weeks of 2015 wondering if this is the year? YOUR year? Every year people all across the world set goals or resolutions for the upcoming year, some may be realistic while some could be completely unobtainable, even for the most determined of personality types. Oftentimes these resolutions include getting fit by summer, cutting out sugar or fat for 6 weeks or embarking on the newest dieting fad to lose those last (or those first) five pounds. Many times these goals are related in one way or another to your health or nutrition. This time around, instead of beating yourself up over unfinished resolutions how about you choose to become the Best and Healthiest version of yourself. Daily Mom is officially launching our Health Coaching Series, designed specifically with OUR READERS in mind.
In the fight against fat and in the search for the optimal “diet” there is so much conflicting information. In a world where so many people are looking for a quick fix for everything, it is important to take a step back and understand the facts. The truth is that not all fats are created equal. Having a better understanding of the different types of fats, will likely make the word “fat” seem less scary to you. Fat is actually essential to our health. Though it is essential, it can also be the cause of some diseases depending on the types. Exploring and learning the “skinny” on fat will help you understand and make the right decisions.
How many times a day have you felt overwhelmed and over-scheduled? Twice? Five times? A hundred times? Yeah, us too! Today’s moms are putting more and more pressure on themselves to live these Pinterest-worthy lives and thus are often left feeling over-scheduled, over-stimulated and over-stressed. In our efforts to live the ‘good life,’ we can easily find ourselves overwhelmed by seemingly endless choices, decisions and activities. If we can learn to simplify our lives, even just a little, we can begin to try to give ourselves time to remember who we are and what’s really important in our lives.
It seems that there is an ever-growing list of “super foods.” These super foods are foods that purportedly have magical powers that will enhance our health and lives forever! While it can be easy to exaggerate the health benefits of some foods, it is true that there are a number of them that, simply put, are nutritional power houses. As the saying goes, you are what you eat! So why not make sure that you’re eating some of the healthiest foods we (currently) know about. Behold our list of 15 foods you may know about, but need to start eating NOW.
Did you know that every two seconds someone needs a blood transfusion? Did you know that 5 million people in the United States will need blood this year alone? Well, January is National Blood Donation Month and we’re here to educate you about donating blood and encourage you to donate!
With technology booming these days we are utilizing our hands in tedious, repetitious motions now more than ever. Whether it be spending countless hours on the computer, phone, or any repetitive task we perform with our hands that is often job related. As busy moms we often put our health and needs on the back burner, however, in order to live a happy healthy life everyone (including ourselves) needs to be cared for properly. Luckily some health matters, such as stretching much needed joints, are simple and can be done without “setting aside” precious time away from our family. Ready to learn a few quick and simple stretches to alleviate hand and wrist pain?
If you have pets, you probably consider them part of the family. Your beautiful feline is your late night companion as you work behind the glow of your laptop screen and your lively puppy falls right into place with the kids, following them happily as they go about their backyard adventures. But what happens when your toddler suddenly begins sneezing around your beloved fur babies? Or your friends toss out unsolicited “warnings” about the potential of having to toss your kitty to the curb when the new baby arrives? There’s a lot of misinformation bouncing around when it comes to pet allergens. We’ve rounded up the simple facts and some tips that will help you create a harmonious home with your family and your pets.
It’s that time of year where the illnesses start spreading like wildfire! We are bringing you a simple, natural and effective way to help ward off those nasty germs. We are even adding in a flu busting gummy bear treat. Black elderberries have been shown to prevent the flu and cold and speed up the recovery time in those who are already under the weather. It can be a little pricey to buy so fortunately we have you covered with 2 simple and awesome homemade recipes for the syrup and some great gummy bear treats.
As busy women and moms, we know all too well how the daily stresses of life can zap all the energy out of us. We end the day exhausted, with a cluttered mind and a sore body. We long for relaxation and peace, yet have a hard time fitting it into our modern lives. It’s time to focus on you now. Take a moment to breathe, meditate, and stretch. Here are 10 poses from the ancient practice of yoga. Each one is designed especially for a woman’s body.