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.

 

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

Pregnancy Food Snacks Tofu-Moo-Carob

Pregnany Protein Tofu-Moo-Carob

Love rich, creamy hot chocolate? Want the flavor and feel without the sugars and additives? Tofu Moo Carob is the solution.

A longtime favorite of mine and my customers, Tofu Moo Carob is the perfect reward at the end of the day, after exercise or whenever you choose! You can make an amazing cup of warm tofu moo carob and have a healthy  hot chocolate  experience. You can also mix it up cold for a refreshing, healthful drink. Whether you drink this soy protein based drink, you will not only tantalize your taste buds, you will know you are drinking a healthy beverage for you and baby.

Tofu Moo supports your vital nutrition. This drink mix comes from tofu, a soybean product that originated in the Orient. Soybeans are known for their many health benefits. Tofu Moo (powdered tofu) tastes similar to milk but contains no lactose—good news for the estimated 70 percent of the world’s population that is lactose-intolerant.

Tofu Moo is low-fat, cholesterol-free and low in sodium. One 8-ounce serving contains 50 percent of the Daily Value for calcium. Tofu Moo also contains phosphorus and potassium. In addition, Tofu Moo Carob contains vitamins A and D. Tofu Moo is a healthful addition to the daily diet. It can be mixed with water for a tasty drink, substituted for milk or added to recipes. Carob Tofu Moo contains no hydrogenated oils.

For single serving: Add 1 scoop of powder to 6 oz. of hot or cold water. Stir briskly until dissolved, then add enough water to make 8 ounces.  When you need an extra bit of healthy fuel and crave a wonderfully smooth flavor- these are the way to go! (They are also a great treat when you want chocolate too!!)

Choose from Chocolate , or Natural Tofu Moo.

Best recommended use: one a day.

Other Information:

All-Natural
Fat-Free
Calcium Rich with Vitamins A & D

Non-GMO Soy    •    No Sucrose    •    No Hydrodenated Oils

NOTE: Not to be used as an infant formula.

HOW TO ORDER:

1. Click on the Add To Cart button shown above.

2. You will go to the special RxNaturally store for NaturesSunshine

3.  You can fill your cart with the protein shakes and check out, or, you can come back to the NMS site and add more of the items shown here for pregnancy.

4. If this is your first time ordering, you’ll be asked to provide a sponsor number so you can get special savings.  The Sponsor information for RxNaturally is: Debbra Sweet. It should auto populate when you set up your own account the first time.  If not, simply type it in to get the savings.

5.  For great savings, and convenience to have healthy food delivered to you from Natures Sunshine each month, you can choose the auto ship. This option provides an easy way for you to always have your products on hand. 

If you need assistance with your order, email me or call me. We can set up a time to place your order together. As a Certified Herb Specialist with NSP you get support and coaching from me and my team at no cost to you!


Grab & Go Vegetables that Satisify during Pregnancy

Green-Zone

Pregnancy Diet Green-Zone

Need Your Greens? Don’t have time for a salad? Want the convenience of Grab & Go Meals while getting healthy vegetables in daily?

Ultimate Green Zone is your solution.

You’ve heard for years ‘Eat Your Vegetables’. Not every one likes them, and we don’t always have the time to make (or sit down to eat) a healthy salad.  If you are one of those who do not really like veggies, but you want to take care of yourself and your baby, this is a great way to do do that.  For eating on the go, simply mix up your Green Zone drink and take it with you.  Veggies when you want them. Quick, fast, convenient and affordable. ( It’s only about $1 per drink.)

The Ultimate Green Zone  is Powerful Whole Food Nutrition. It provides a great balance of important vegetables that feed our cells healthy nutrition and it helps to balance out the body so our immune system is stronger. When you are pregnant, being as healthy as you can helps your baby grow healthy too.

Much of the food we eat creates an acidic condition in our body. This weakens our immune system and can make us feel sluggish. It also makes it easier for us to get sick. The vitamins and minerals found in the Ultimate Green Zone help balance the body to make us stronger and less likely to be sick.  The vegetables used in this drink help cleanse the body gently. The fiber in it helps to keep the bowels moving- thus, it can help relieve pregnancy constipation.

Ultimate GreenZone®  supports your Vital Nutrition.  Ultimate GreenZone features protein-rich grains such as quinoa, amaranth seeds, brown rice, millet and spirulina, as well as the ancient Aztec seed chia (Salvia hispanica) that provides unsaturated omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. It also contains nutrient-rich greens such as kale, broccoli, alfalfa, chlorophyll, artichoke, asparagus, parsley, spinach and chlorella—plus carrots, beets, acerola fruit, lemon bioflavonoids and flax hull lignans to help supplement and alkalize the diet.

Each serving provides 1 gram of a proprietary prebiotic fiber blend (scFOS) that helps feed the body’s friendly bacteria, plus enzymes to support digestion. Ultimate GreenZone tastes better than before.

Benefits:
• Enhances bodily functions, especially elimination.
• Improves overall immunity.
• Helps the body normalize cholesterol levels.
• Provides a meal that is easily absorbed and metabolized into energy.
• Contains a full array of nutrients the body needs from grains.
• Is pH-balancing.

RECOMMENDATION: Mix one heaping scoop (12.3 g) in 8 oz of water or juice.

HOW TO ORDER:

1. Click on the Add To Cart button shown above.

2. You will go to the special RxNaturally store for NaturesSunshine

3.  You can fill your cart with the protein shakes and check out, or, you can come back to the NMS site and add more of the items shown here for pregnancy.

4. If this is your first time ordering, you’ll be asked to provide a sponsor number so you can get special savings.  The Sponsor information for RxNaturally is: Debbra Sweet. It should auto populate when you set up your own account the first time.  If not, simply type it in to get the savings.

5.  For great savings, and convenience to have healthy food delivered to you from Natures Sunshine each month, you can choose the auto ship. This option provides an easy way for you to always have your products on hand. 

If you need assistance with your order, email me or call me. We can set up a time to place your order together. As a Certified Herb Specialist with NSP you get support and coaching from me and my team at no cost to you!

Nutritional Information:

Description:
Powerful Whole Food Nutrition
Natural Taste – Unsweetened
Whole Food Dietary Supplement
NET WT. 13 OZ. (369 GRAMS)
Recommended Usage:

 

Prenatal Vitamins

Natures Prenatal

Prenatal No Morning Sickness

From my personal experience, this is by far the best Prenatal Vitamin

you can invest in.

I used it during my pregnancy and so have many of my friends. We all had morning sickness and  each  of us experienced a reduction in nausea.

Myself- and many of my friends- actually found that changing our prenatal vitamins to Natures Prenatal stopped our morning sickness completely.

I can’t promise that it will do it for you too, but most of us have shared the same experience.

You will know that by using  this Prenatal Vitamin, you are not putting any toxins, chemicals or other harmful additives into your body!  This works so well that I also used it after my babies were born.  I continued using it while nursing. Occasionally, I still choose this as my daily vitamin because it’s so effective yet very gentle on the stomach.

From all my studies of the body, how it uses food and nutrients, and how it has to work very hard to remove toxins, chemicals and additives, I have come to the simple conclusion that most morning sickness is due to the body’s desire to remove as many toxins as possible so the baby can have a healthy, fertile ground to grow strong.

Most vitamins you buy today are chemically made. They do not contain real food stuff and nutrients. They are loaded with preservatives and additives that simply do not belong in the body!!  So, when we are prescribed prenatals from the doctor- most often- those are the most chemically manufactured ‘vitamins’ we can take!  It’s no wonder our body wants to get rid of them if we take them.

Vitamins that you buy off the shelf at the grocery store or discount center are not much better.  What goes into the vitamin begins with the purity of the raw material.  Where is the ‘natural product’ coming from? If the off the shelf vitamin claims to have ‘herbal’ ingredients… are they using the part of the plant that actually has the healing  and nurturing properties? Or, are they simply throwing any part of the plant into the formulation so they can put the plant name on the label? During the actual manufacturing process, what is being done to maintain the quality and potency of the vitamins, minerals and even herbs?

There is a HUGE difference in vitamins. Without writing a book on this subject alone- I can confidently say that Natures Sunshine Prenatal Vitamins are the purest, gentlest,most nutritionally dense prenatal supplements I have ever found. They are also amazingly affordable.  In fact, you’ll probably spend LESS on these than ones the doctor prescribes or what you find at the stores.

HOW TO ORDER:

1. Click on the add to cart button shown above.

2. You will go to the special RxNaturally store for the Natures Sunshine Products.

3.  You can fill your cart with the products shown on the NMS site, or, you can add to your cart from the other products recommended.

4. If this is your first time ordering, you’ll be asked to provide a sponsor name so you can get special savings.  The Sponsor information for direct ordering is simply my name: Debbra Sweet. This should come up automatically before you check out the first time. If it doesn’t you can type it in to get the member savings.

If you need assistance with your order, email me or call me. We can set up a time to place your order together. As an Herb Specialist with Natures Sunshine you get support and coaching from me and my team.

Note:  While you are pregnant, do not order Stimulating Herbs. These can be used after the baby is born- but not while you are pregnant.