Aloe Vera Juice for Morning Sickness

aloe-vera-plantThere are many benefits to Aloe Vera juice. Aloe juice is a bit different than the external Aloe Vera gel. Many people are familiar with the external benefits of Aloe Vera.

A pure Aloe Vera juice can provide many of the same soothing and healing properties internally as you get with a topical gel. In addition, the juice of Aloe Vera aids in digestion, improves circulation, detoxifies the body and heals from the inside.

During your pregnancy occasionally using Aloe Vera juice can provide extra vitamins and minerals for you and your baby. One of the added benefits of using this when you have morning sickness is the soothing properties it can provide to your esophagus, stomach and intestines.

Aloe is known for soothing and healing inflamed tissues. When morning sickness brings about nausea, this Aloe Vera juice is a simple way to nourish and help soothe those irritated cells inside.

Aloe vera is one of the only known natural vegetarian sources of Vitamin B12, and it contains many minerals vital to the growth process and healthy function of all the body’s systems.

It is also said that aloe vera juice can improve circulation. The aloe helps dilate the capillaries and aid in cell growth. When pregnant, your blood cell production increases to support you and baby. Having healthy circulation will help you to feel great and can also help reduce aches and pains that happen when a person starts to move less.

Aloe vera juice also has many benefits that aloe vera gel does. It acts as a antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal agent, preventing illness. The overall effect of taking aloe vera juice regularly can be a feeling of energy and health.

Many people have been misinformed of Aloe Vera’s safety for pregnant women. They are under the impression that all Aloe Vera is a laxative and that it will cause the depletion of electrolytes because of the onset of diarrhea.  This is not accurate.

Aloe juice does however gently encourage the bowels to move and a lot of individuals experience constipation and welcome this encouragement. Aloe Vera balances the bowels. If an individual is constipated it will help with elimination and if an individual has diarrhea it will slow it. Studies have also proven that Aloe Vera is 100% safe and not toxic!

Pregnant women can take NSP’s Aloe Vera Juice throughout the entire pregnancy just keep the dosage at 1 ounce = 2 tbs daily instead of the 2-4 oz daily for non pregnant women.

The Top 5 Aloe Vera Juice Benefits for Morning Sickness

1. Body-Building Blocks

Amino acids are our body’s building blocks. Eight amino acids, which are essential and cannot be made by the body are found within aloe vera juice! Drinking Aloe Vera Juice on a regular basis allows you to help maintain your health by replenishing your body naturally with these essential amino acids. An analysis of the aloe vera plant shows that it comes closer than any other known plant to the duplication of essential amino acids. During pregnancy an occasional use of aloe vera juice helps provide a balance of nutrition from a variety of resources.

2. Aloe Vera Juice Benefits of Anti-inflammatory Properties

Aloe vera includes 12 natural substances that have been shown to inhibit inflammation without side effects. Aloe vera juice benefits may also include the support proper joint and muscle mobility. As your joints and ligaments move, stretch and adjust during pregnancy, Aloe’s soothing once again helps you feel your best.

3. Daily Dose of Vitamins

Aloe Vera juice is loaded with vitamins including: Vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, B12, C and E, Folic Acid and Niacin. The human body simply cannot store some of these vitamins; therefore we need to supplement them regularly through our diets. During pregnancy a good Prenatal Vitamin is recommended to help make sure you get the nutrients you and baby need. Occasionally using Aloe Vera juice during pregnancy is a gentle compliment to the variety of nutrition you will consume while the baby is growing.

4. Daily Dose of Minerals

Some of the minerals found in aloe vera juice include calcium, sodium, iron, potassium, chromium, magnesium, manganese, copper, and zinc. What a powerful storehouse we have in aloe vera juice benefits! We all know that adding foods to our diets with naturally occurring vitamins and minerals is recommended for overall health. Drinking aloe vera juice is a natural and healthful way to replenish the body’s supply.

5. Rapid Soothing

Aloe Vera is legendary for its soothing properties. When your stomach is upset from morning sickness or if you get indigestion as the baby gets bigger, an ounce of Aloe Vera Juice helps to soothe the inflamed tissues to help you feel better.

Bonus: Dental Health and Hygiene

Aloe Vera juice benefits your mouth and gums. One side effect the pregnancy can cause some women is sensitive gums or even bleeding gums. The aloe vera juice helps keep gum tissue toned and strong. This can also help reduce sensitivity in the gums and may even help reduce bleeding of the gums while pregnant.

The Aloe Vera Juice here on NoMorningSickness.com has a nice lemon/lime flavor and tastes great.

I have used is straight from the bottle and have added an ounce to orange juice, apple juice for variety.

Protein in your Pregnancy Diet

Why you need protein during pregnancy

The amino acids that make up protein are the building blocks of your body’s cells – and of your baby’s body as well. It’s important to get enough protein throughout your pregnancy, but especially during the second and third trimesters, when your baby is growing the fastest and your breasts and organs are getting bigger to accommodate the needs of your growing baby.

How much protein you need According to the BabyCenter Medical Advisory Board:

Pregnant women: about 70 grams (g) of protein per day

Non-pregnant women: about 45 g

You don’t have to get the recommended amount of protein every day. Instead, aim for that amount as an average over the course of a few days or a week.

Most women in the United States regularly eat more protein in a day than they need, so you probably won’t have any trouble meeting your body’s needs during pregnancy. If you don’t eat meat, you can meet your protein requirements through other sources, including dairy, beans, or soy products.

Food sources of protein

Beans are a great source of protein, as are lean meat, poultry, fish and shellfish, eggs, milk, cheese, tofu, and yogurt. While animal products contain complete proteins (all nine amino acid components) and other plant sources alone generally don’t.  Eating a variety of foods throughout the course of the day will help ensure that you get all of the amino acids you need.

Eat three or four servings of protein daily and you’ll be well on your way to eating right for a healthy pregnancy and baby.

Here are some good protein sources:

Beans, nuts, legumes

Dairy

  • 1/2 cup 1% cottage cheese: 14 g
  • 1/2 cup part-skim ricotta cheese: 14 g
  • 8 ounce container low-fat yogurt: 9 to 12 g
  • 1 ounce Parmesan cheese: 11 g
  • 1 ounce Swiss cheese: 8 g
  • 1 cup skim milk: 8 g
  • 1 ounce part-skim mozzarella cheese: 7 g
  • 1 ounce cheddar cheese: 7 g
  • 1 large fresh egg: 6 g

Meat, poultry and fish
Note that 3 ounces of meat or fish is about the size of a pack of cards.

  • 1/2 roasted chicken breast (no skin): 27 g
  • 3 ounces sockeye salmon: 23 g
  • 3 ounces trout: 23 g
  • 3 ounce lean beef hamburger patty, broiled: 21g

Caution: Not all fish are considered safe during pregnancy. Some predator fish, such as shark, swordfish, king mackerel, and tilefish should be avoided because they contain methyl mercury, a metal believed to be harmful in high doses to the growing brains of fetuses and young children. In addition, the FDA recommends that you limit your total consumption of other fish to about 12 ounces per week during pregnancy.

The signs of a protein deficiency

Weight loss, muscle fatigue, frequent infections, and severe fluid retention can be signs that you’re not getting enough protein in your diet.

 

Prenatal Constipation

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Eating Protein in the Morning and Pregnancy

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Potassium during pregnancy

Why you need potassium during pregnancy

Potassium, a mineral found in many types of food, plays an important role in maintaining fluid and electrolyte balance in your body’s cells. Potassium is also important in sending nerve impulses, helping your muscles contract, and releasing energy from protein, fat, and carbohydrates.

Since your blood volume expands by up to 50 percent during pregnancy, you’ll need slightly more electrolytes (sodium, potassium, and chloride, working together) to keep the extra fluid in the right chemical balance.

If you suffer from leg cramps during pregnancy, you might take a look at your potassium intake, because a lack of potassium (or sodium, calcium, or magnesium) could be the culprit.

According to the BabyCenter Medical Advisory Board here is info on just how much you need and options for a variety of ways to include it in your daily food intake:

How much potassium you need

Pregnant women: 4,700 milligrams (mg) per day

Nursing moms: 5,100 mg per day.

Food sources of potassium

Fresh fruits and vegetables, red meat and chicken, fish, milk and yogurt, nuts, and soy products all provide potassium. To give you a sense of how easy it is to obtain this important mineral from your daily diet, here’s a list of some of the foods highest in potassium:

  • 1 medium baked potato with skin: 844 mg
  • 1 medium baked sweet potato: 694 mg
  • 1/2 cup cooked beet greens: 654 mg
  • 1 medium baked potato without skin: 610 mg
  • 1/2 cup canned white beans: 595 mg
  • 8 ounces plain nonfat yogurt: 579 mg
  • 1/2 cup tomato puree: 549 mg
  • 3 ounces canned clams: 534 mg
  • 3/4 cup prune juice: 530 mg
  • 3/4 cup carrot juice: 517 mg
  • 1 tablespoon blackstrap molasses: 498 mg
  • 3 ounces halibut: 490 mg
  • 1/2 cup cooked green soybeans: 485 mg
  • 1/2 cup cooked lima beans: 484 mg
  • 3 ounces Coho salmon: 454 mg
  • 1/2 cup cooked winter squash: 448 mg
  • 1/2 cup mature cooked soybeans: 443 mg
  • 3 ounces Pacific cod: 439 mg
  • 1 medium banana: 422 mg
  • 1/2 cup cooked spinach: 419 mg
  • 3/4 cup tomato juice: 417 mg
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce: 405 mg
  • 1/4 cup dried peaches: 398 mg
  • 1/2 cup refried beans: 398 mg
  • 1/2 cup stewed prunes: 398 mg
  • 1 cup nonfat milk: 382 mg
  • 3 ounces center loin pork chop: 382 mg
  • 1/4 cup dried apricots: 378 mg
  • 3 ounces farmed rainbow trout: 375 mg
  • 3 ounces lean pork loin: 371 mg
  • 1/2 cup cooked lentils: 365 mg
  • 1/2 cup cooked kidney beans: 358 mg
  • 3/4 cup orange juice: 355 mg
  • 1/2 cup cooked split peas: 355 mg
  • 1/2 cup cantaloupe balls: 236 mg
  • 8 oz serving Tofu Moo Natural 180 mg

The signs of a potassium deficiency

Low potassium is most often the result of chronic or severe vomiting or diarrhea, or the use of certain diuretics, rather than a shortage in your diet.

A shortage of potassium could cause weakness, fatigue, muscle cramps, constipation, and abnormal heart rhythms. Talk with your doctor if you suspect that you’re short on potassium or any other nutrient.

 

Drinking Water During Pregnancy- Caution:Tap Water Ahead!

tap-waterI heard last week on the local news that the city has decided (again) to ‘add more fluoride’ to our local  water supply.

Most people are unaware of how these little additions…(told to us by the government that they will “help”) are actually very harmful to our body.

These added chemicals are supposed to keep the water source pure and clean. Make it sanitary they say.  However, these chemicals, get loaded up in our body and can actually cause problems for us.  Our body works in part as a filter.  Like any filter, you need to clean it and maintain it for the ‘filtering’ to be effective.  Too much toxic build up in the body from chemicals in our water can lead to joint pain, achiness, arthritis type symptoms and more.

For you and your growing baby, clean, pure, non chemically loaded water is important.

Below is an article that I wrote about two years ago which was originally published in the San Diego Family Magazine.  I share some of the info I learned about our tap water. It talks about another chemical, chlorine, in the water supply. The issue of more flouride in the water is similar to the chlorine. They are both useful in some applications in life- but harmful if ingested.

Hopefully the info in the article will help you too.  I share about how we made some adjustments to our whole house water supply after learning the details of what is in tap water. If you need an alternate solution for your water supply, here is another  resource for you:  Nature’s Spring RO Water Filter

Debbra Sweet

Caution: Tap Water Ahead!

By: Debbra Sweet

(c) 2007

Have you ever wondered why so many people don’t drink tap water? The reasons for this vary, but most say it’s because ‘the water doesn’t taste good’. Not surprisingly, your body knows what’s good for you. A recent water quality and safety study revealed that treated drinking water in the US often has higher chlorine levels in it than pool water!

As a mom with two young children, I found that information disturbing. I have always been an avid water drinker, but with the way our tap water tasted and smelled, I found myself drinking less. I even felt more tired and achy when I did. After I heard about the levels of contaminants in the average water piped into a house, I sought a solution—and now I want to share it with you.

Drinking Water Backgrounder
The following info should explain why your drinking water tastes funny: In 1974, Congress turned drinking water standards over to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The EPA then established a national standard for allowable pathogen-causing bacteria and viruses in our drinking water. The Safe Drinking Water Act in 1986 further reduced the allowable amount of microbial contaminants—and increased the levels of chemicals like chlorine, ammonia and chloramines in the water.

In 1996, the EPA reduced the 1986 levels by almost 80% more. These new requirements were mostly met by increasing the amount of chemicals in the water again.

This has left us with lots of chemicals in our water and researchers are saying has caused a significant health impact. In fact, the EPA has released a study which states ‘exposure to levels of disinfectants over long periods of time may cause health problems, including damage to blood and kidneys.’ (Source: United States Office of Water EPA 816-R-01-014, Environmental Protection (4606) June 2001 Agency, Page 4 Paragraph 6)

What’s A High Level and Why Should Moms Be Concerned?
Here in San Diego, most public pools maintain chlorine levels at 1.5 ppm (parts per million). Common free chlorine levels measured in drinking water throughout San Diego County are approximately 2.15 ppm (with chloramine averaging 4.5 ppm)—that’s a full 30% higher than swimming pool water (Source: City of San Diego Water Department: 2006 San Diego Annual Water Quality Report Pg. 9). Considering that the body is made up of over 70% of water, the very building-block for your health, these numbers are disturbing.

You might be saying, “Well, I only drink bottled water, so this doesn’t affect me.” Unfortunately, you’re not safe: The average person still ingests the equivalent of 8 glasses of unfiltered tap water/day. How can this be, you ask? The answer lies in a study done by Dr. Lance Wallace, a senior scientist at the EPA: he credits two thirds of our chlorine exposure to inhaling/absorbing it while showering.

Apparently, shower steam can contain up to 50 times the chemical levels of tap water because chlorine and most other contaminants vaporize at a lower temperature than water. Inhalation is more harmful since the inhaled chlorine gas (chloroform) goes into the blood stream. Inhaling chlorine has been shown to be a cause of asthma and bronchitis, especially in children. Also, many of the chemicals in drinking water are linked to everything from sinusitis, sore throat, lung, kidney, rectal & breast cancer.

Today’s Solution.
The best solution at this time is a whole house carbon water filtration system that automatically cleans itself via ‘backflushing’ water. These amazing filters process every drop of water that comes into your home.

With one of these filters, your water will now be free of carcinogenic disinfectants—so it will taste like ‘bottled-water’, you and your children won’t inhale/absorb chemicals in your shower, your hair and skin will feel softer and you’ll extend the life of your appliances and copper pipes.

Call the Experts
I found my solution after talking with ‘CleanWaterMike’ Felsburg, a representative for San Diego-based Aquasource. Aquasource is a pioneer in whole house water filtration systems and ‘CleanWaterMike’ is passionate and knowledgeable about finding solutions to attaining safe tap water.

He explained the differences in systems and the level of water quality I’d receive from them. There are a few different blends and grades of activated carbon: the lowest – bitmous, mid level – pharmaceutical grade and the best – catalytic grade carbon.

At the very least, you want a filter of 100% pharmaceutical grade carbon to remove most of the carcinogens. Pharmaceutical grade carbon will improve water quality but will only slightly reduce the amount of chloramine gases in the water. Catalytic grade carbon has a quicker reaction rate that significantly reduces the amount of chloramine gas in your water…which is the main disinfectant that municipalities use in the water.

With my house water filtered by an Aquasource catalytic grade carbon filter, we’ve noticing a huge difference in how our water tastes, smells, and feels. I’m using less soap and shampoos, cleaning is easier and we’re already feeling better. I’ve become spoiled!

When you learn about the chemical levels in today’s drinking water, there is a moment of shock. But then, if you’ve stopped drinking tap water long ago because of the taste, this information helps it all make sense. Although this information is unsettling, the situation and solution is easy—you have a choice. The first step is to decide how important it is to your family’s health and then whether to install an in-home water filtration system like they one my family chose from Aquasource. You’ll have peace of mind and the tap water will again taste like water should.

Debbra Sweet

Action Leadership & Health Coach