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post #101 of 119
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Originally Posted by Spark View Post
Yes!

I went to a Naturopath postpardum last year. And, she works with a detoxing process that shoves toxins out using the digestive system. I could not believe the difference it made for me! It helped heal my immune system, before my liver (located just below your right rib) was enlarged and it healed, my energy was so low (but I didn't really notice until it started picking up again!), I had no more headaches.
http://naturopathic.org/

The other thing, if you want to dextox your liver, you can safely detox while breastfeeding using Milk Thistle & Dandelion. You'd do the rec's in my post just above your post. It's more of a gentle way to clean the house.

AngelBee, Mylee is ADORABLE!!!! Soooo tiny! I really recommend a cleanse. It got me out of my funk.
Oooo......good! I have to do something.

Thanks
post #102 of 119
Spark - Was what you used a custom blend of something or a specific brand? We can swing a ND right now but would love to hear more.
post #103 of 119
nak

it was all geared to my body & specific toxins. i wish there was some special code! but, mine was majorly my liver. if you suspect your liver - i'd go the Milk Thistle/ Dandelion route for sure!
post #104 of 119
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Originally Posted by Spark View Post
nak

it was all geared to my body & specific toxins. i wish there was some special code! but, mine was majorly my liver. if you suspect your liver - i'd go the Milk Thistle/ Dandelion route for sure!
How much does a it cost to go through the process?

I have to find someone in MN... :
post #105 of 119
A great book for gallbladder/liver detox is by Andreas Moritz called, "the amazing liver and gallbladder flush". It's an inexpensive easy way to cleanse these organs. It's safe during pregnancy and can be done starting at 6 weeks potpartum too.
Other good things for these organs:
Red Clover
Burdock Root
(dandelion and milk thistle have been talked about lots)
warm water with fresh lemon squeezed into it every morning
Black spanish radish
Astragulus
beets
fresh veggie juice that includes beets
fresh apple juice
post #106 of 119
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Originally Posted by MammaV View Post
A great book for gallbladder/liver detox is by Andreas Moritz called, "the amazing liver and gallbladder flush". It's an inexpensive easy way to cleanse these organs. It's safe during pregnancy and can be done starting at 6 weeks potpartum too.
Other good things for these organs:
Red Clover
Burdock Root
(dandelion and milk thistle have been talked about lots)
warm water with fresh lemon squeezed into it every morning
Black spanish radish
Astragulus
beets
fresh veggie juice that includes beets
fresh apple juice
I will have to check this out
post #107 of 119
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Originally Posted by AngelBee View Post
How much does a it cost to go through the process?
It was about $300 and WELL worth it. I was really amazed at the difference.

GREAT book rec! I'm going to check it out!
post #108 of 119

CLO question and kefir question

Hi Folks,

We are TTC #2.....DS has some gut issues and sensory issues and I know that what we do (DW will get pregnant) during pregnancy might make a difference.

I'm nervous, though, about CLO. She takes a food-based prenatal that contains, I think, 5,000IU of Vit A. I don't want her to get too much and thus be at risk for anything or put the baby at risk. Should she take a CLO that isn't high-vitamin? Or, if she does take CLO that's high-vit, how much is safe? And how do I KNOW that it's safe? I feel like there are so many contradictions out there.....

Also, she's taking probiotics, but I wonder if it would be useful to supplement them with a kefir, probably water kefir. Is it safe to drink water kefir during pregnancy even though it becomes slightly alcoholic in the fermentation process? I don't think we can find a good (local enough) source for raw milk or raw milk kefir, so water kefir sounds like a good option...unless it's a good idea to make kefir in pasteurized milk instead. Any thoughts on this?

What else should she take, other than the regular prenatals....

thanks!
megin
post #109 of 119
Why are you nervous? All the studies showing toxicity are done on chemical forms of A. What form of A is in that prenatal? If it's retinyl palmitate, I'd be much more afraid of taking that.

After reading this article I'd be afraid not to take high amount of vitamin A/D:

Vitamin A for Fetal Development

http://www.westonaprice.org/knowyour...n-a-fetal.html

RE: safety
Traditional diets contained on average 10x the amount of modern diets of vitamin A from food sources. I think WAPF recommends 10,000 IU for adults as part of a traditional foods diet (such as pastured dairy and eggs and also liver once a week,) so I would take much more if you are not doing these foods.

What about liver pills too? I would do those. www.drrons.com

I think raw milk is best for nutrient profile but pasteurized would be fine for making kefir.

Make sure you give babe bifidobacterium from birth. No antibx, no HepB at birth at least.
post #110 of 119
Thanks, JaneS, for this. I have to check the form of A in her vitamins. I think that WAP stuff puts me more at ease. I think I just get nervous when there's contradictory info "out there" and I haven't yet figured out what sources to trust. That's merely from being a newbie in this area, as I know there's contradictory info about EVERYTHING, but usually I know where I stand (parenting, vax, breastfeeding, schooling, etc). So, it's just really a matter of me figuring it out.

Can you tell me what the liver pills would help with? A natural source of A? If we did the CLO would you recommend those as well? And if so, can you say a bit about why?

Finally, any good sources for the probiotic for the babe? Dairy/soy/etc free hopefully?

thanks!
megin
post #111 of 119
Absolutely to the liver plus CLO. Liver has natural (and thus best absorbable version) of zinc, iron, Price's X Factor, and the vitally important B vitamins in addition to A.

All about bifidobacterium and the infant gut here:
http://www.mothering.com/discussions...6&postcount=20

Solaray might not be totally dairy free, it seems there are traces still. I think all B. Infantis will have traces of dairy since that is what original culture came from? You could use Natren Bifido Factor dairy free from chickpea base. Personally I would be confident giving Natren Life Start with dairy to a babe from day one, as the bifido will seal up leaky gut and drive out other bacteria... and that is what leads to the immune system reacting as allergies in the first place. Good gut flora is essential for oral tolerance.
post #112 of 119


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I might buy just one whole chicken a week for like $12/5lb., but from that I can make 1 gallon of organic chicken broth that I then freeze for soup (a gallon of organic broth is way more than $12 at most stores), I cut a few pieces off the chicken before I boil the broth and fry those for a night of fried chicken. Then when the broth is done, I remove all the boiled chicken and use the little pieces in soup, and the big pieces for chicken sandwiches - many meals can come from one chicken. In addition we get protein from dried beans and farm fresh eggs - two cheap protein sources.

Also, I make yogurt at home just using a cheap $15 yogurt maker, I buy organic milk and make yogurt that is cheaper than the gross generic stuff and way healthier. Also, something my husband and I have found is that nutrient rich foods fill you up faster, so you eat less, and the food lasts longer.

I guess to summarize YOU CAN afford to eat healthier foods on a budget if you can prepare food from scratch at home using bulk items and nutrient dense foods that fill you up fast. (And don't forget the savings you can find on fresh local veggies all summer long at your local farmers market or through a CSA).

Super ideas and encouragement!
post #113 of 119
I'm already pregnant, but am curious if anyone knows what my body is "asking" for by craving mineral water, the most bitter/strong-tasting available, during both this pregnancy and my last. What should I eat more of? I'm ovo/lacto vegetarian, eat lots of whole grains, nuts, and veggies (not as much of a fruit person).
post #114 of 119
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post #115 of 119
lorax, I might guess minerals? maybe check and see if the water you're craving has a profile describing the minerals in it. Otherwise, perhaps bitter foods.
post #116 of 119
We are planning on getting pregnant in December, but I'm having surgery this or next month and wondering how I can remove all the junk from the surgery and heal my body better for pregnancy?
post #117 of 119
I am compelled to add another argument for milk thistle-I was so miserable at the beginning of my pg and it changed my world!

I love this thread, but am in need on help on the how part as opposed to the what/why. I posted a call for help here, if anyone would like to add great selections along the lines of the discussion in this thread.
post #118 of 119
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Originally Posted by loraxc View Post
I'm already pregnant, but am curious if anyone knows what my body is "asking" for by craving mineral water, the most bitter/strong-tasting available, during both this pregnancy and my last. What should I eat more of? I'm ovo/lacto vegetarian, eat lots of whole grains, nuts, and veggies (not as much of a fruit person).
I'd say check into antioxidant rich vegetables that are noted for possessing a touch of bitter (the cruciferous ones, some greens like dandelion, bitter melon, cranberries....) And what about "bitters" the liquid digestion tonic? Does anyone know anything about that? I don't but, the thought occurred to me.
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