Welcome back! The past several weeks have been pretty hectic with Malori SUCCESSFULLY finishing up her first semester of nursing school. Diane’s schedule is ramping up with preparations for her son Jordan’s wedding in just a few weeks.
Health in the News
Malori shares an article she saw on Chris Kresser‘s Facebook page: How to Give a C-Section Baby the Potential Benefits of a Vaginal Birth, from ScienceMag.org. Vaginal birth is best because of many different factors, but one important part is the beneficial microbes with which the baby comes into contact. In some instances, Caesarean sections are life-saving and necessary, but one of the downsides is that C-section babies do not get the beneficial microbiome population that vaginally-birthed babies get. We explore details of this and how to work around this downside!
Check out the book Missing Microbes (affiliate link) by Martin Blaser, M.D., for a more in-depth discussion on this topic.
Giving probiotics to C-section newborns can also help populate their guts with beneficial bacteria: check out this study from the NIH.
“Just Do This” Recipe
Green smoothies are all the rage these days. We discuss some controversy over oxalates in raw greens and if drinking green smoothies could be detrimental to one’s health. Hmmm…what to do….check out THIS balanced approach. Balance is what we try to achieve in our lives and especially in our nutrition.
Basic Smoothie Template – 32 oz.
2 cups liquid – your choice of water, coconut water, cow’s milk, or non-dairy milk
1 cup fruit (low sugar is best, like berries)
1-2 cups kale or spinach
Good fat, like 1/2 avocado, coconut or MCT oil (Difference between the two explained by Thrive Market)
Optional add-ins for when you feel adventurous: flax, chia, or hemp seeds, peanut, almond, or sunflower butter, cacao powder, essential oils
(Keep it simple at first! Find what you like and then branch out.)
With a high-speed blender, blend it for 60 seconds. With a regular blender, blend the greens and liquid first and then add the rest.
What’s Growing in Your Garden?
Malori picked her first crop! Listen to find out what it was. 🙂
Oil in the Family
Featured essential oil of the week: peppermint. This is one of the first therapeutic-grade essential oils that Diane experienced. She explains her amazing experience!
Peppermint essential oil can be used aromatically, topically (dilution is advised), and internally.
Use peppermint to make your nasal passages feel more open, calm occasional stomach upset, give yourself an energy boost, have fresh breath, focus your mind, or sharpen your memory.
Malori touches on how whether you use essential oils topically or internally, they are still getting into your system. So either route, please make sure you are using a quality, trusted therapeutic brand. This is so important for your health! If you want more information on what we use and help on walking through the process getting started using essential oils, email us: firstname.lastname@example.org. We are happy to give you assistance!
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Diane & Malori