Archive Year 2013 month 1

Healthy Fats Galore!

1/30/2013 5:01 AM

Healthy Fats galore!

35 weeks into this pregnancy and the weight piling on, fat is probably the last word I want to hear right now!  But, what is nice to hear is this…pregnancy is not a time to skimp on eating healthy fats.  I’m sure you’ve heard some fats are better than others, so which fats do you need during pregnancy?  Omega-3’s!  Omega-3’s are considered essential fatty acids because you have to acquire them from food or supplements.  Your body won’t make them or anything fancy like that.  One omega-3 you may have heard of is

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What's up with my strong cravings for all things dairy right now??  Well, I did some investigating and check this out:

Did you know, the amount of calcium your intestines absorb during pregnancy

doubles

?!   

Another fun factabout 80% of the calcium present in the baby’s skeleton at the end of pregnancy crossed the placenta

during the third trimester 

and is mostly derived from the calcium in mom’s diet during pregnancy.  The calcium mom eats seems to be the main way our bodies adapt to meet those high calcium demands'

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Question:

I've always struggled with bad breath.  Could a tongue scraper help?

Answer:

Tongue scrapers, which are available in most drugstores in various shapes and sizes, have been touted as a way to reduce or eliminate bad breath (halitosis).  You put the tongue scraper at the back of your tongue and bring it forward along your tongue, repeating as often as needed.

Research on the effectiveness of tongue scrapers is limited.  What has been published so far describes tongue scraping as temporarily effective for bad breath,'

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I’m pregnant with baby #2, due in March!  For the past 8 months, I’ve been devoted to giving this baby the best start to life.

Let’s talk Prenatal Supplements:

  It all starts with a quality prenatal supplement.  Even with the most solid diet, there are a handful of nutrients especially important during pregnancy.  All pregnant women need more iron and folic acid.  There are so many prenatal vitamins on the market, how do you go about choosing a quality prenatal supplement?  Choose a prenatal vitamin that includes only the most active or absorbable forms of nutrients.  For example, folic acid as 5-Methyltetrahydrofolate or folinic acid, vitamin B6 as Pyridoxal 5’-Phosphate, and vitamin B12 as Methylcobalamin. 

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Mood Boosting Foods

1/3/2013 11:57 AM

Those winter blues setting in? 

Are any foods natural mood boosters?  Yes!  

Try eating like a Spaniard, an Italian or a Greek.  In a study of more than 11,000 people, those who stuck to a Mediterranean diet scored higher on markers of mental health than their counterparts who ate a more Western diet (1).  How to eat the Mediterranean way?  Pack your diet with fruits, veggies, beans, nuts, and whole grains.  Use olive oil instead of saturated fats like butter.  Eat fish more frequently than red meat, and for all you wine lovers, drinking about 1 cup of red wine daily is also a perk of the Mediterranean diet. 

Though researchers couldn’t pinpoint what exactly about the diet boosted participant’s mental health they suspect omega-3 fats (found in oily fish), B vitamins and folate Read More

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Introducing Myself

1/3/2013 10:34 AM

Hi friends, I’m Kelly Harrington!  Welcome to the Healthy Goods blog.  I hope you find lots of useful and interesting nutrition and supplement information here.  My aim is to provide you with no-nonsense nutrition information that’s easy-to-read, easy-to-understand, and easy to put into practice.

On the Healthy Goods blog you'll read cool information about:

  • utilizing food and specific nutrients to support health concerns
  • how to get the most out of your supplements
  • hot nutrition topics

Over the next few months, you may notice a trend in the blog topics as my life is about to become very crazy with baby boy #2 due in March, alongside my 17 month old son!  Yikes!  With that said, the past two years of my life have been'

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