WOMEN… POOR DIET AND EFFECTS ON KIDS
Women who plan to become pregnant may improve their children’s chances of avoiding autism by taking probiotics and eating fermented foods to positively support healthy gut bacteria balance prior to conception. Studies suggest that autism, ADD, ADHD, asthma and allergies may be linked to poor diet, antibiotic use, and a challenged immune system resulting in severe bacterial imbalance. Consider adding probiotics, fermented foods, and lots of healthy, organic, fruits and veggies to maximize health of both mom and baby.
VITAMIN A TO PROTECT FROM SKIN DAMAGE
Vitamin A can help protect the skin from sun damage. 50,000 IU’s taken 2 days before sun exposure can significantly increase the time before skin turns pink. Large doses of Vitamin A should only be taken for short periods of time to avoid toxicity. To help skin cells heal when exposed to sun, consider taking Vitamin A before or after exposure.
SAFE SUN TIPS
- NEVER burn – cover up, go inside, or use organic botanical oils or natural zinc for extended sun exposure.
- Build up exposure slowly – start with 3-5 minutes per side.
- Check medications for risk of increased sun sensitivity.
- Build Vitamin D3 reserves in cooler weather, focus on spring and fall exposure, and morning hours.
- Include adequate healthy fats, anti-oxidants, essential vitamins/ minerals and probiotics in a healthy, anti-inflammatory diet.
- Avoid commercial sunblocks with long chemical names.
- Stay hydrated and maintain electrolytes.
BLOOD PRESSURE MEDS AND BROKEN HIPS
A Canadian Study found that 43% of seniors given new blood pressure medications fell and broke a hip in the first year of taking the medication. Researchers believe that the medications may drop blood pressure too low at times, causing dizziness and subsequent falls. If you are a senior, or have a loved one who has a new blood pressure medication, be aware that many elderly patients are suffering dangerous falls while on blood pressure meds. Consider using natural methods like exercise, diet, and blood pressure reducing herbs to avoid prescription drugs altogether, if possible.