Is agave nectar good for you? With all the research done on high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), consumers focused on eating healthier prefer “natural” sweetener options. Many believe that agave nectar is a healthy choice – and the sales reflect that.
You may have seen recent media reports about a scientific study suggesting that carnitine could be linked to heart disease. Carnitine – found in red meat, poultry, and fish and also available as a dietary supplement – Continue reading →
Could your low-sugar diet be the reason for your plaguing stomach problems?
You’ve patted yourself on the back for always choosing low-sugar sweets, thinking you’re doing wonders for your health by avoiding the sugar nightmare. But did you know that low-sugar foods contain sweeteners that can actually be more harmful to your health than Continue reading →
Many people today still adhere to the misguided belief that nearly all fats are bad, and that the best way to stay slim and healthy is to cut fats, whenever possible, from your diet. On the contrary, fats are an absolutely vital component of any healthy diet as they aid in the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins and minerals, as well as feed the brain, heart, liver, lungs, bones, cells and nervous system the nutrients they need to function properly. Continue reading →
To some it’s known as clarified butter, to others it’s the golden elixir of healing – ghee is a staple ingredient in Indian cooking and Ayurvedic healing known for its versatility, great taste, and many health benefits. It’s derived from butter through a process of cooking off its milk solids until it becomes an easily digestible, healthier alternative to butter and oil, and it can be used for cooking or as an ingredient to add flavor and richness to foods such as kitchari. Continue reading →
It seems like everything we read these days tells us that we must breastfeed our babies. Research indicates that breastfed babies have better immunity and perhaps even better intelligence! But I think that generalization is unfair to mothers who simply can’t breastfeed. It wasn’t that long ago that breastfeeding was simply unfashionable. Somehow that generation of bottle fed babies managed to survive. So let’s talk about the true realities of breastfeeding.
Healthy breast milk is good for a baby. We know that it departs early immunity to the baby and protects them from germs that their baby immune systems may have trouble fighting off. Formula companies have tried for years to simulate breast milk but have never succeeded in an exact replica. The fats and nutrition in breast milk are completely unique. Some breast-fed babies have demonstrated higher IQs later in life. The vision capability of babies is known to be just about the distance from the breast to their mother’s face. They know their mother’s face and smell. They bond closely during feeding.
So why wouldn’t you want to breastfeed? Unfortunately, some medical conditions and medications make the breast milk bad for the baby. HIV infected mothers can pass the disease to their babies through their breast milk. Certain medications can be passed to the baby through the breast milk that may be detrimental to the baby. What about babies that are adopted? Their adoptive mother isn’t prepared to breast feed since the pregnancy hormones prepare the breast for breastfeeding. Some women have had breast surgery that prevents them from breast feeding. For others it simply doesn’t work out. I have one friend who developed horrible abscesses throughout her breasts. And some women just don’t feel comfortable breastfeeding.
So What Should You Do?
I recommend that if you are healthy and it is okay with your healthcare provider, try breastfeeding. It’s often a great experience for many women and babies. Even if you only do it for a few weeks, the baby gets the benefit of those early immunities. And you may even find that you’ll want do it for much longer!
If you can’t breastfeed, choose a good formula with the help of your pediatrician–and hold the baby close enough to see you and smell you during feedings. Most importantly, do not despair; there are plenty of bottle fed babies out there who have become healthy, productive and intelligent members of society! Life is about a lot more than how you were fed as a baby!