Showing posts from July, 2012

Do you know your birthing options?

This may be a subject that many mothers and families are unfamiliar with because the majority of mothers in the U.S. have hospital births. According to a recently published study, having your baby at home with a registered midwife is just as safe as a hospital birth for women with normal, uncomplicated pregnancies. The study showed a lower mortality rate in the home birth group versus the hospital birth groups. The babies were also less likely to need oxygen therapy or resuscitation. In addition, the women that gave birth at home were less likely to need interventions or have other adverse outcomes, like tearing or hemorrhaging, compared with the planned hospital birth groups attended by a midwife or physician. The women were also found to have higher satisfaction with their birth experience.

Did you know in the Netherlands about one-third of the women give birth at home? Home birth in uncomplicated pregnancies is supported by the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the Ro…

Gut Health Promotes Good Health

Did you know your digestive system contains about 80 percent of your immune system? Your gut has so much influence over your health because of the 100 trillion bacteria, about three pounds worth, that line your digestive tract. This is an extremely complex living system that aggressively protects your body from outside offenders on a daily basis.

Having the correct ratio of beneficial bacteria, or flora, to pathogenic bacteria is what keeps us healthy and from getting sick. More and more studies are being published about the important roles gut flora plays in maintaining overall health. The great news is the amount of influence each person has in this area. Processed foods high in sugar and chemical additives, stress, pollution, and antibiotics are all things that kill off the good bacteria. Every course of antibiotics tends to wipe out the majority beneficial or good bacteria which gives an opportunity for the pathogenic bacteria that causes illness to grow uncontrolled and occu…