Most new parents take great joy in their baby’s accomplishments. Each new milestone is marked with joy and excitement - baby’s first smile, first words, first steps. While it’s great to celebrate these achievements, it is important to allow your baby to develop at their own pace without interference.
Often well-intentioned parents try to encourage their babies to reach these milestones before they are ready or put their babies in positions prematurely. This can interfere with the child’s natural development and is actually counterproductive to their learning. While some parents are competitive with their child’s development, most parents simply are not consciously aware of what they are doing.
Let’s take a look at a baby’s natural development and some of the ways we tend to undermine it!
Babies learn to move best by simply having the opportunity to move on their own. While they need plenty of time in mama’s lap (and daddy’s, grandma’s, grandpa’s, etc.), they also need plenty of time to explore movement in a safe environment on their own. You can still interact and be with them during these times, but they should have autonomy over their body.
According to Lindsay Mumma DC, “Children need to get a sense of how their bodies function in a gravity environment. This helps them coordinate and activate muscles in the proper sequence to initiate complex movements.” We can not do this for the baby, it simply takes time!
Babies will not learn how to do movements properly if we interfere in this process. Babies simply must learn these movements on their own to develop properly and learn to move in the most efficient manner.
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There are many nutrients that your body needs to function at an optimal level. Many of these nutrients get a lot of attention - everyone has heard about vitamin C! But we rarely talk about some other nutrients even though they are vital to your health.
Three of the lesser-known nutrients are Iodine, Choline, and Selenium. Let’s take a look at these nutrients and the important role they play in your health.
Iodine is crucial for many systems in your body. It significantly impacts the body’s hormonal systems such as the thyroid and adrenal glands. Iodine is important in balancing the forms of estrogen in a woman's body. It is especially important for women while they are pregnant or breasfeeding. Nearly every tissue in the body needs this nutrient including the breast, prostate, ovaries, brain, stomach, and pancreas. It is an antioxidant, an antiviral, and can help reduce the toxic metal burden from your system.
It is thought that over 70% of the population does not get an adequate amount of iodine. More research is needed to explore how much iodine is needed for optimal health. Since the current recommended daily allowance was only designed to prevent goiters, the dose needed for optimal health is much higher (probably between 5-15mg).
Iodine is a fairly rare mineral and can be difficult to find in a good food source. Adequate amounts are not found in land-based food. In addition, there are many things that compete with iodine for absorption in the body. Things such as fluorine, bromine, and chlorine are considered antagonists that keep us from absorbing this vital nutrient. For this reason, it may be important to consider a good quality supplement.
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Looking for a yummy Valentine's Day treat??? Try making these coconut fat bombs! They are a delicious not sweet treat without all of the sugar and processed ingredients in most boxed chocolates! My sister introduced me to them years ago, and I just love them!
***This Recipe was adapted from the RESTART Cookbook by Jeni Hall, NTP
2½ c. unsweetened shredded coconut
1 t. vanilla
⅛ t. cinnamon
1 pinch of nutmeg
½ c. coconut oil (melted)
2 T. cocoa powder (optional)
Almonds, Walnuts, or other nuts of choice
- Simply blend the unsweetened shredded coconut in a food processor with the vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
- When it starts to form a butter, pour in the melted coconut oil. Continue to blend until smooth!
- Pour half of the mixture into silicone mini muffin molds or heart-shaped molds.
- Mix 2 tbsp cocoa powder to the other half (if you want to make the chocolate version).
- Pour the chocolate mixture into the molds.
- If you choose, add a nut of your choice to each fat bomb for some additional crunch.
- Throw them in the fridge and they harden right up!
I hope that you will be intentional about taking care of yourself this Valentine’s Day! Whether you love the holiday or not, take some time to think about how you can show yourself some extra care. This may be something little or something big (getting a massage, curling up by the fire, making a healthy meal, spending time with a friend, etc.) Decide on a couple of things you can do to show yourself kindness and make the holiday enjoyable.
Pregnancy is an exciting time, but it can also be extremely stressful. Your body is changing, and your lifestyle and relationships are about to go through a major transition. If we are honest, at times it can tap into some deep fears and insecurities. It doesn’t help that many people like to tell expectant moms difficult birthing stories!
But what if there was a way to prepare your body for birth? A technique developed specifically for the pregnant mom to prepare her for a safer and easier birth. That’s just what the Webster Technique was created to be. Let me tell you a little about the method, it’s the background, and my experience with it. Then I will make a very special announcement (in case you missed it on the Facebook live video).
What is the Webster Technique?
The Webster technique is a specific assessment and chiropractic adjustment developed for use with expectant moms throughout their pregnancy. It was designed to balance the structures in the pelvis and sacrum, in preparation for a safer and easier birth!
This technique was created by Dr. Larry Webster after he attended the birth of his granddaughter. Although he had used adjustments during the long difficult birth, he felt that a more specific approach of addressing subluxations throughout pregnancy would lead to easier births for both mom and baby.
Once developed this technique focused on the alignment of the pelvis, as well as relieving the tightness in the ligaments that support the uterus.
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We are excited to introduce a lovely brand of loose leaf tea that was created with your emotional wellbeing in mind. Teamotion is a unique company with a story of compassion and healing behind it’s beginning.
Let’s take a quick look at these teas and the story behind them. Be sure to enjoy a cup of one of these teas the next time you come into the office!
This story is one of sisterly love in a time of heartbreaking loss. When Rachel went through the devastating loss of her twin girls shortly after their birth, her sister Crystal came alongside her with compassion and care.
As they looked for help to deal with their grief through books, support groups, and the like, they found it that it simply wasn’t enough. The hard path of grief had no answers.
During this time it seemed like Rachel always had a cup of tea with her. One especially difficult morning, Crystal wedged herself in the armchair next to Rachel and said, “I wish there was something I could put in your tea to make you feel better.”
In that moment, as the sisters looked at each other, the idea of Teamotions was born! As they began their research, they realized that there was no other tea on the market designed to nurture your mind, body, and soul. It took a year and a half to formulate blends that were both therapeutic and delicious, but it was well worth the investment.
The quality of these teas and their unique design make them like no other. They are...
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