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24
JUL

Birthing Mama Prenatal Yoga & Wellness

Filed Under: Announcements & News,Baby and Child Health,Exercise and Fitness,Nutrition at 8:00 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor

Pregnancy is a progressive adventure — a time of profound inner and outer growth. It is also a time to examine who you are and how you relate to all living things. Birthing Mama is designed to be your companion during this transformational time, offering six weekly areas of interest to nourish yourself and your growing baby.

Through online, holistic forums for weeks 14-42, along with a series of DVDs, Birthing Mama gives you valuable tools and support to connect deeply to the spiritual process of childbirth.

Birthing Mama is an offering from the heart, to support your pregnancy in being as transformational for your inner-self as it will be for your physical body.  Let yourself be guided through each offering, from a state of openness, curiosity, and awareness. Tune in to your inner voice and follow it within yourself, wherever it leads.

The inspiration for this childbirth companion came from Corinne Andrews, who, when pregnant with her second child, was inspired to launch Birthing Mama to give other expectant mothers a framework for experiencing their pregnancy as a sacred and transformative life event.

A weekly companion offering holistic support for each week of your pregnancy from weeks 14-42

  • 30 Prenatal Yoga Videos – over 6 hours of videos!
  • Recipes & Nutritional Guidance
  • Developmental Benchmarks
  • Inspiration & Education
  • Creative Activities
  • Self-Care Recommendations

 

Also included are product recommendations from other online retailers, access to a media library bursting with articles, guided meditations, yoga nidra and live prenatal classes.  Members also receive exclusive discounts with the Birthing Mama team, (for long-distance subscribers, phone or Skype appointments are available) including: Yoga & Mindfulness, Nutrition, Herbs, Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine and Family Photography.

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22
JUL

Small But Mighty: Chia, Flax & Hemp Seeds

Filed Under: Nutrition at 10:32 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor

You might think eating seeds is for the birds but superfood seeds are making their way into pantries everywhere. Once you learn about all their nutritional benefits; they might end up in yours too!

 

Chia Seeds

Long used by the Aztecs, Mayans and Incans as a a staple food along with corn and beans, chia seeds are enjoying a large resurgence in the health food community due to their impressive nutrition profile.  Chock full of healthy omega fats, proteins and antioxidants and dietary fiber. The little chia seed goes a long way to earn it’s qualifier of “power.” With a mild and nutty flavor, you can sprinkle chia seeds in your oatmeal, mix into a salad dressing or dip or soak them in water or juice to form a gel and use as a thickening agent for soups and a variety of recipes.

Flax Seeds

Flax seeds are a nutrition wonder and are considered the most concentrated source of lignans, a polyphenol that supports digestive, reproductive, prostate, breast and heart health – and even promote beautiful skin and hair. Its high content of alpha linolenic acids has made the ancient flax seed become our modern miracle food.  Alpha linolenic acid (ALA) is a type of plant-derived omega 3 fatty acid, similar to those found in fish such as salmon. Flax Seeds are an excellent source of dietary fiber, Omega-3 fatty acids, trace minerals and protein. Add some flax seeds to your shakes or sprinkle on top of a salad or add to soups, stews or casseroles.

Hemp Seeds

With rich nutty flavor and a tender crunch, hemps seeds re so easy to use! Sprinkle them in salad, cereal or yogurt! Hemps seeds are packed protein, providing 10 grams of complete plant-based protein per 3 tablespoons. They are also a great way to add omegas or EFAs to your diet. Hemp is truly a superfood providing a perfect balance of omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids in each serving. These fatty acids promote heart health, lower triglycerides, work to reduce inflammation, promote brain health, and support the immune system. Low in carbohydrates, hemp seeds are ideal for those following the paleo diet or who need to be carb conscious for their health.

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12
JUL

Eat Your Greens

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Nutrition,Vitamins and Minerals at 8:00 am | By: Jeremy Michael, Contributing Author

 

Greens are the talk of the town right now. Adding one of the healthiest foods to your diet can improve overall health and well-being. Let’s face it though, not all greens are the same.  Today we are going to look at some of the nutrients and health benefits we can receive by adding greens into our diets.

First off, we’ll talk about one of the trendiest greens right now, kale. Kale is the nutrition All-Star: the “LeBron James” of greens.  Kale is low in calories, high in fiber and contains zero fat. One cup of kale has only 36 calories, 5 grams of fiber and 0 grams of fat. It contains vitamins and minerals such as iron, calcium, potassium, vitamins A, C, and K. Kale is also a great anti-inflammatory food because it contains 10% of the RDA of omega-3 fatty acids.

The next green everyone is aware of is mostly because of the gigantic muscles and amplified strength it gave to Popeye. But there are a lot more health benefits to consider when it comes to spinach.  Spinach is full of antioxidants, minerals and vitamins.  Spinach is packed with vitamins A, C, K, folate, iron, magnesium and much more. Spinach is a good source of dietary fiber and proteins. The folate in spinach is good for a healthy cardiovascular system, while the magnesium helps lower high blood pressure.

One green that not many people are aware of, but is a nutrition powerhouse is collard greens.  This cruciferous vegetable, used commonly in southern cooking, has one of the greatest abilities to lower cholesterol by binding bile acids.  Collard greens are a good vegetable to add to your diet if you want to improve detoxification, increase antioxidants, fight against cancer and lower inflammation. Besides the previous health benefits mentioned, collard greens are also high in vitamins K, A, C, B2, B6 as well as manganese, fiber and calcium.

Fresh vegetables are the best source of nutrients; however, a great way to make sure that you are getting all your daily servings of greens is by adding in greens formulas to you daily routine. Green Formulas are a good option to keep on hand when fresh isn’t available or when traveling. They are also great for people on the go with work and active lifestyles. Lucky Vitamin is proud to carry a wide variety of certified organic green formulas.

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