Stop the Ignorance: breakdown your everyday products and find out the truth!

Forever on the Info Hunt

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Have you ever wondered what exactly is in the baby products (or any products for that matter) that you use on a daily (or not so daily) basis? It seems the ingredients and other compounds are not easily found on the packaging and so, most of the time, no one bothers to do the research. We just assume that what the advertisers and marketing pros are peddling is safe for us and our families. And if anyone knows me, I have a deep need to know what I am using and what went into the production of any product I use. This need to know has never been as great as when I had my baby and found myself in need of shampoos, ointments, and baby wipes. So, I often found myself doing extensive research that sometimes took up hours of my time. Well no more! Continue reading

The Dangers of Mineral Oil: is it in your baby products?

 

Dangers lurking: mineral oil

Minearal oil, a petrolium byproduct, can be found in thousands of products from lipstic to diaper rash cream. But, did you know the dangers you expose yourself and family to when using products containing mineral oil?

dangerous mineral oilThough hard to avoid, I have tried to ensure that my products, from skin care to hair, do not contain mineral oil. Now that I am a mom, I find it especially necessary to share this info with all the parents out there that may not be aware of just how dangers this ingredient can be for them and their babies.

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About Gas Relief: active ingredient – Simethicone

What is Simethicone claims?

Simethicone allows gas bubbles in the stomach and intestines to come together more easily, which allows for easier passage of gas. It is used to relieve painful pressure caused by excess gas in the stomach and intestines. Simethicone is for use in babies, children, and adults.

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Reflux Baby: Beans treatment for heartburn

It seems that she was always crying. The Angry Bean was such a fitting name for the little one that it went well beyond cute. She was uncomfortable, stiff, spitting up and unhappy in general.

Ranitidine - heartburn treatment (Zantac)

Ranitidine – baby heartburn treatment (Zantac)

Taking some time to home-diagnose the problem we made an emergency appointment with our doctor. If you must, insist on a same day appointment! I know all too well how painful and uncomfortable heartburn can be. I dealt with it all of my pregnancy at the highest levels. It got to the point where I had to sit up to sleep at night because otherwise I seemed to have been drowning in my own stomach acids. There is NO way I could have the Bean deal with that for a moment longer than necessary. So we went to work in solving this issue. The appointment resulted with a prescription for Ranitidine aka Zantac for babies.

Are you wondering if your baby has heartburn? Take the baby heartburn/GERD quiz!

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A Beet Salad Recipe That’s Hard To Beat – HA!

Perhaps I am an oddity in this ever evolving world but I like things that … well, others simply EW. That includes things like sauerkraut, liver, and the like.

One of the things I remember stealing as a kid from my g-ma as she cooked were boiled beets. No salt, no pepper, just a beet and pop it in the mouth.

Now, living in America with all the amenities and luxuries she doesn’t cook much. And let’s face it, beets don’t exactly  make a star appearance on the Food Network Channel. So I decided to venture out into the world of the great wide web to see if I can find something new and interesting that included the good ole beet. And I found it!

I have yet to try this but the ingredients sound simply amazing and oh-so-good for ya. And as a mom-to-bee I am, after all, growing a bean inside me too. By the way, did you know they are amazing for an expecting mother? It just keeps getting better and better, so give the beat a chance.

Moroccan Grated Carrot and Beet Salad

(found on simplyrecipes.com)

Moroccan Beet and Carrot Salad

Moroccan Beet and Carrot Salad

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Have you tried this? Any tips? Please share below. I look forward to chatting with you foodies.

What’s so Good About Beets?

Well aside from being delicious (I swear it!) there are a ton of benefits from vitamis to a good cleanse. Here are some more:

  1. Not that I need it but they say that beets are natures viagra because they contain lots of boron that helps in productions of human sex hormones.
  2. They have a ton of vitamins and minerals like A, B, C and folic acid. Beets are particularly beneficial to women whom are pregnant, as the vitamin B and iron are very beneficial to new growth cells during pregnancy and replenishing iron in the woman’s body.
  3. Beets help prevent cancer by detecting and removing abnormal cells before they become cancerous. The phytonutrients–proanthocyanidins–that gives beets their rich purplish-red hue has potent anti-cancer capabilities.
  4. They help lower blood pressure.
  5. Beets contain betaine that is found in some remedies for depression.
  6. They are great for anti inflammatory that help with the effects of aging and disease.
  7. They aid in purifying your blood.
  8. Beets help cleanse your liver.

Okay, now for a confession… I always loved beets but now I am IN love with them! So much goodness.

 

So These Buggers Affect My Brain – Live Mood Enhancers

The Geek Inside Me.

Apparently there is a lot of that happening these days.

Yogurt: Microbes

Goes well with your brain.

As you get to know me, you’ll get to know my geeky tendencies (of which I am totally proud). One of those tendencies takes form in my love for NPR and the public radio station WNYC or 93.5 fm. When I say love, I mean it is the only set radio station in my car. Okay, okay I lie. The other one is the PA version of that one and the same station just in case there is a boring (happens very little) conversation taking place. In case you’re wondering, I love the information, news, cool topics on science (Science Friday), technology (Car Talk) and other sweet bits that I would, less than likely, come across anywhere else.

This is How I learn Around my World.

Today’s lesson was on microbes and their effect on the brain.

Could the microbes that inhabit our guts help explain that old idea of “gut feelings?” There’s growing evidence that gut bacteria really might influence our minds.

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