Eric and Melissa Smith

Helena, Alabama


Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year from Smith Family Resources!

Introducing our last contest of 2012
and the first giveaway of 2013...
To enter, leave a comment telling us about your favorite product.
Tell us what it is and why it's your favorite.
On January 1, 2013, we'll select one commenter to receive
25% off any one product
available from Smith Family Resources!
We're looking forward to hearing about your favorite products!
 
 
 
 
 

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Merry Christmas!

Click here for a Jacquie Lawson greeting.

Merry Christmas from Smith Family Resources!






Thursday, December 13, 2012

 
Buy more, save more!

10% off any purchase under $50–coupon code: “snowflake”
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Packed with creative, easy-to-make homemade gifts for everyone on your list.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Magnesium Citrate

Magnesium is important for many systems in the body and is especially key in support of muscles and nerves. Magnesium is also known to be involved in energy metabolism and to support protein synthesis. Beeyoutiful’s Magnesium Citrate Vcaps® are a synergistic combination of magnesium carbonate and citric acid.


Nutrition Facts
Serving Size: 3 Vcaps®

Servings Per Container: 40
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value
Calories
7
Total Carbohydrate
1.7 g
1%
Magnesium (from Magnesium Citrate)
500 mg
125%
* Percent Daily Values are based on 2,000 calorie diet.

† Daily Value not established.

Suggested UseServing Size: 3 VCaps® Per Day. To help ensure your body fully absorbs this bioavailable source, be sure to drink an 8 oz glass of water when taking Magnesium Citrate.
Other IngredientsCellulose (capsule), Silica and Magnesium Stearate (Vegetable Source)
Contains NO Sugar, salt, starch, yeast, wheat, gluten, corn, soy, milk, or perservatives.

Vegetarian Product
 

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Yeast Cleanse/Probiotic Boost

Steve Tallent recently wrote about some steps we can take toward better health, specifically toward having healthier intestinal flora.  Here's an excerpt from his article...

"...Here is  the absolute minimum of what you need to know.  A healthy gut contains trillions of good bacteria.  A healthy gut provides up to 70% of the body's immune function.  Antibiotics kill off good bacteria as well as bad.  One dose can kill 50% of the good bacteria in the gut.  Bad bacteria, like weeds, tend to reproduce faster than good and can keep good bacteria from rebuilding their strong colonies. 

"Yeast overgrowth is common in the U.S.  Symptoms of yeast overgrowth include just about every complaint you can possibly muster including fatigue and inability to concentrate, frequent infections, skin conditions, itchiness, diarrhea and constipation, and a host of other things there is no room to list.
"If you're having issues of just about any kind that keep coming back, it is a good indication of an unhealthy gut.  Eating probiotic-rich foods is good for maintaining a healthy gut, but supplementation is required for rapid reclamation of the gut.
 
"We recommend 3 Yeast Assassin per day along with 4 Acidophilus Blast
to combat yeast for 1 month,
followed by 2 Tummy Tuneup per day for 1 month,
then 1 Gut Guardian per day for 2 months,
then 1 Gut Guardian Supreme per day for 2 months.
Along with that, avoiding sugar, especially in the first month, will be extremely beneficial."

(Pregnant or nursing mothers may use Yeast Assassin Lite instead of Yeast Assassin.)


We know that some of  you have been helped by this yeast cleanse/probiotic boost regimen.
We would love to hear your stories.  Please comment!
 
 
Yeast Assassin

Monday, November 19, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

No new quiz for this year, but you can try last year's and see how much you remember...
 
 
 
Happy Thanksgiving from Smith Family Resources!




Friday, November 16, 2012

Antibacterial, Antiviral and Antifungal!




 

Lauricidin® is Monolaurin
(95%+ pure sn-1 Monolaurin). It is derived from the extraction of the lauric acid found in pure coconut oil – then bound to a glycerin using Med-Chem’s proprietary molecular distillation process to create pure Monolaurin. Lauricidin® is a dietary supplement for active families with healthy lifestyles (kids, adults, and seniors). Regardless of your current health condition Lauricidin® can help assist your body to optimal health. We are confident in telling you that Lauricidin® really works from our own research and the thousands of testimonials received from doctors and grateful users. The highly purified mini-pellets have been shown in laboratories worldwide to inactivate bacteria, viruses and fungi/yeast. –Med-Chem Laboratories

Read these Lauricidin® reviews by Smith Family Resources customers…

“I know that Lauricidin has helped me and my family. I had been told by my chiropractor about its healing power but it wasn't until I tried it for myself that I became absolutely sold on it. I used to believe that the only thing that could knock out a bacterial infection was traditional antibiotics. I suffered from strep throat one summer several years ago that lead me to be on antibiotics for nearly two months. My immune system didn't seem to be the same after that because of how harsh those antibiotics were on my entire body. When I got terribly sick from bronchitis, I really feared that I would have to go see a doctor and he would prescribe antibiotics. This time I would take the advice of my chiropractor and take Lauricidin! To my absolute joy, the Lauricidin worked like a miracle!  Not only was the bacterial infection conquered, but my health was improved overall. Lauricidin heals the body so that the immune system is stronger than it was before, unlike all other antibiotics. Am I a fan of this product? Absolutely!  My family has been using it for about five years and now I never want to be without it. Lauricidin has saved me so much money over the years by not only healing me, but keeping me well.”

“I'm just getting over a cold.....I thought my daily use of Lauricidin would prevent me from catching one, but instead what has happened to me, at least, is what in so many around here is a lengthy and miserable head/chest affair took only 3 days total.  I upped my intake of Lauricidin from one scoop a day to 3, drank lots of water and got sleep.  Three days later, all symptoms are almost gone!  No one else I know around here who has had this bug has gotten over it that quick.  I'm attributing all to Lauricidin! 

“But my biggest ‘testimonial’ would involve the disappearance of the fungal condition I contracted around age 11 in the Philippines, which I tried to get rid of through multiple doctors and medicines, but the condition would always come back....itchy, burning, very unpleasant!  When I began taking Lauricidin daily, about 1 year ago, I did it for the obvious general good health (and hopefully preventative) benefits it had.  After approximately 3-4 months, I realized I was not troubled with my old enemy ‘fungi,’ and have not been since!  That condition is as gone as it could be!  It has to be the Lauricidin because nothing else has changed either in diet or vitamin intake!”

Disclaimer:  The statements made here have not been evaluated by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. All information provided is for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for advice from your physician or other health care professional. Testimonials are based on individual results and do not constitute a guarantee that you will achieve the same results.  

Lauricidin®, 227 gram dietary supplement, 4-6 week supply
Click here to order.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Why take SuperMom?

Why take SuperMom when there are so many other good multivitamins out there? 

Read what women are saying about SuperMom.  I visited Beeyoutiful today and found 119 5-star reviews of SuperMom!  Here are just a few of the many glowing reviews...
  
  • Prediabetes  I have prediabetes and gluten intolerance. I am not a mom, but I was babysitting one day and happened to see these while I was getting lunch for the kids. After reading the ingredients I was super excited to see that they had everything in the diabetic multivitamin I was currently taking and in vegetarian formula. Talked to the mom about them and she had me take one to see how I felt. Within an hour I felt amazing!!! My stomach didn't hurt, I didn't feel foggy and my energy was perked right up without that "buzzy" feeling that comes from caffeine and other things!

  • 6 children  I love these vitamins! They give me so much energy! I need it to keep up with my 6 children!
  • Pregnancy This was a life saver during my 1st trimester of pregnancy. If I forgot to take it for some reason, my energy was gone by 10am. If I remembered, I was fine and could function almost normally. I usually only take one and it still gives me an energy boost. I guess you could run a marathon if you took both!
  • Energy This is the product I needed. I have been so tired after having my 5th sweet baby. I really needed some help in the energy department and Supermom has helped my so much and made me feel like I can get through the whole day, with some energy left at the end of the day.

  • As good as expensive vitamins...  I was taking a very expensive multivitamin that was also very good. I hated the price, but was reluctant to switch, they were that good. It came to the point that, financially, I had to try something else. I'm so glad that something was Super Mom. It is every bit as good as the expensive brand, and just as pure. Thank you for Super Mom!
  • Homeschooling  I have 5 children and it is not easy to find the energy everyday to be attentive and homeschool them. Since taking these vitamins I have not felt the 2:00 droop come on. While rocking a little one for nap time in the afternoon, I am usually not able to stay awake. I have been taking these for 3 months and can count on one hand the afternoon naps I've needed and they have been due to lack of sleep the night before.

  • Cranky Mom  You know how you start to think, "Maybe this product isn't really doing anything after all..." so you stop taking it or you run out of it as I did in this case and just choose not to buy more right away to test it? Well... I was a very cranky mom when my Super Mom vitamins ran out, so I went back to them and was a happier person with more energy again!

  • Feeling run down  I used to feel run down all the time and no matter how much sleep I got, it never seemed to be enough. I told one of my friends how I felt and that I just didn't know what to do about it and she recommended these vitamins to me. I am SO SO thankful she shared her "secret" with me! I have been taking these vitamins for over 2 years now and I love the way it makes me feel! It gives me energy without feeling like I've had an energy drink. I take one with breakfast and one with lunch and experience no highs or lows in the way I feel. When I forget to take them, I feel really tired like I used to feel. I can tell a huge difference. Love this stuff! I recommend it to everyone!

  • Hormone Balance  SuperMom vitamins with Spirulina are a staple to my good health. They help balance my feminine hormones, keep my skin healthy and free of eczema, and boost my overall energy. Whenever I have run out of Supermoms, all of the old problems come back, so I have proof positive that they work! Even on our small salary, we make a place for these vitamins - it is far more efficient use of funds than becoming sick.
  • Runners  We have used this product for two years. I can tell right away when I've forgotten my Super Moms for the day. I also give these to my daughters who are runners- it helps them stay healthier. When other girls are "dying" at the finish line or during practice, I think the vitamins help give more endurance because their bodies have the nutrients it needs.
  • For grandmothers, too!  This grandma (in my 50's) has found that "SuperMom" helps keep her energy level up enabling me to be more active and involved with my grandchildren. It is not just for the young moms!
  • Hair and Nails  have been using these for approximately 9 months and I can tell a difference in my energy level and overall well-being. A side bonus is that my nails, hair - even my eyelashes - have grown longer!
  • Breastfeeding  The SuperMom vitamins are the best vitamins I've ever taken!! I don't know if I've ever felt this good before!! I am breastfeeding a 7 month old who does not sleep well at night and once I started taking these vitamins my milk supply increased and I have much more energy and can get thru the day without a nap!!
  • Hypothyroidism  Super Mom saved me from taking thyroid medicine for the rest of my life. After the birth of my first child I just could not get back to "normal" with my energy level. The doctor said I had Hypothyroidism.  A friend recomended this vitamin. I took Supermom twice a day for a month and felt much better. The doctor tested my thyroid again and it was normal!!! The doctor wanted to know what I had done because she had never seen such a dramatic change that fast on any medication. It has been 3 months and my thyroid is back to normal and I feel like myself again.

  • Saved from smoking?  My 14 year old daughter recently started attending our local public high school with over 3,000 kids.  The stress of the major changes in her schedule, peer interactions, new environment, etc. was really wearing her down (and me, too).  I got SuperMom vitamins for me because I was feeling tired (I've got 3 other kids ages 8, 6, and 2) and now I feel great.  But the real story is that my teen, through her haze of stress and fatigue, asked me one day in the car how I would feel if she started smoking!!!!! She asked this type of question two more times before I realized she was trying to find a way to deal with constantly feeling stressed and worn out. I asked her to "try" the vitamins for a week and see if that made her cigarette thoughts go away. She agreed and has thanked me so many times that I had to share the story with you.  Her friends ask her how she can be so awake during her first class and she bounces much more than she drags these days! She said one guy friend asked her "what are you on and can I have some?" I've since decided to buy SuperDad for my DH and I'm sure my daughter will be sharing news of this "guy" vitamin with her tired High School friends...who knows how many it will save from that first desperate puff? Thank you for a quality product and for being a true blessing in my child's life.

  • Click here for nutrition facts and see for yourself why SuperMom is such an effective multivitamin.
    Click here to order SuperMom.

    Thursday, November 1, 2012

    More than the RDA?

    SuperMom vitamins are fortified with green foods and are chock-full of vitamins and minerals, including Beta-Carotene, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, and the all-important B vitamins.  If you peruse the ingredient list below, you'll notice that the quantities of some vitamins and minerals actually exceed the RDA.

    More than the RDA?  Should you take more than the Recommended Daily Allowance?  In many cases, yes!

    The RDA is based primarily on the prevention of deficiency disease, rather than the promotion of optimum health.  Consider the lesser-known UL, which stands for Tolerable Upper Intake Level. 

    Take Vitamin C for example...  The RDA of Vitamin C for females aged 19-70 is 75 mg.  SuperMom provides 500 mg, 830% of the RDA.  That sounds excessive until you consider that the UL of Vitamin C for females aged 19-70 is 2,000 mg. 

    Check the numbers for yourself at the USDA National Agricultural Library website.  You'll find that SuperMom provides more than just what you need to get by; it provides what you need to actually feel better!

     
    SuperMom Nutrition Facts
    Amount Per Serving % Daily Value
    Beta-Carotene (as pro-Vitamin A 6 mg) 10,000 IU 200%
    Vitamin C (from Calcium Ascorbate and as Ascorbic Acid) 500 mg 830%
    Vitamin D (as Ergocalciferol) 400 IU 100%
    Vitamin E (as d-alpha Tocopheryl Succinate) 200 IU 670%
    Thiamine (from Thiamine HCI) 50 mg 3330%
    Riboflavin 50 mg 2940%
    Niacin (as Niacinamide) 50 mg 250%
    Vitamin B-6 (as Pyridoxine HCI) 50 mg 2500%
    Folic Acid 400 mcg 100%
    Vitamin B-12 (as Cyanocobalamin) 100 mcg 1670%
    Biotin 100 mcg 35%
    Pantothenic Acid 50 mg 500%
    Calcium (from Calcium Carbonate and Calcium Ascorbate) 100 mg 10%
    Iron (from AAC*) (Bisglycinate) (Ferrochel®) 10 mg 60%
    Iodine (from Potassium Iodide) 150 mcg 100%
    Magnesium (from Magnesium Oxide and Magnesium Amino Acid Chelate) 50 mg 15%
    Zinc (from Amino Acid Chelate) 15 mg 100%
    Selenium (from L-Selenomethionine) 50 mcg 70%
    Copper (from Amino Acid Chelate) 1 mg 50%
    Manganese (from Amino Acid Chelate) 5 mg 250%
    Chromium (from AAC*) (Chelavite®) 100 mcg 80%
    Molybdenum (from Sodium Molybdate) 50 mcg 70%
    Potassium (from Potassium Chloride) 50 mg 2%
    Choline (from Choline Bitartrate) 50 mg
    Inositol 50 mg
    PABA 30 mg
    Boron (from Boron Citrate) 1 mg
    Vanadium (from Vanadyl Sulfate) 50 mcg
    Spirulina (Algae)250 mg
    Chlorella (Broken Cell Wall) (Algae)250 mg
    Barley Grass (Organic)250 mg
    Alfalfa Juice Concentrate100 mg
    Octocosanol (Wheat Free) 100 mcg
    Green Tea Extract



    50 mg
    Milk Thistle Extract (80% Silymarin) 50 mg
    Lipase (400 USP/g) 10 mg
    Rutin 25 mg
    Citrus Bioflavonoids (37% as Hesperidin) 50 mg
    Apple Pectin 25 mg
    Papain (Papaya) (140 MCU/g) 25 mg
    Bromelain (2400 GDU/g) 20 mg
    Amylase (5000 USP/g) 10 mg
    Chlorophyll 9 mg
    Lutein (from Marigold Extract) 250 mcg
    Lycopene (from Natural Tomato Extract) 250 mcg
    Alpha Lipoic Acid 50 mg
    * Percent Daily Values are based on 2,000 calorie diet.
    † Daily Value not established.
      
    SuperMom is available in tablets and Vcaps. The nutritional content is the same (2 tablets = 4 Vcaps), but some women find the Vcaps easier to swallow.


    Supermom Multivitamin

    Wednesday, October 31, 2012

    Last Fall Scents Essential Oils Giveaway!

    Beeyoutiful just announced their final essential oil giveaway for this fall:  Cassia Oil!
     

    Click here to enter by leaving a comment with your favorite Cinnamon/Cassia flavored food or drink! Random winner will be selected on Friday at 3pm!



    Tuesday, October 23, 2012

    Another Fall Scents Giveaway!

     Beeyoutiful is giving away another great essential oil!

    To enter this giveaway, click here and
    leave a comment that you would like to win and
    tell them the name of the best book you've read lately.
    The winner will be selected Thursday, Oct. 25.



    Friday, October 19, 2012

    Lip BALM

    http://smithfamilyresources.com/products/balm
    BALM:  Beeyoutiful All-Natural Lip Moisturizer!

    Beeyoutiful’s Lip BALM comes in two flavors: Orange and Peppermint. Each has common ingredients that nourish and heal the lips as they moisturize.

    GrapeSeed Oil- high in antioxidants (procyanidolic oligomers and polyphenols) and linoleic acid which nourish, moisturize, naturally provide anti-inflammatory support, and help smooth fine lines and wrinkles! So instead of merely relieving your chapped lips, it is nourishing them and helping them look their best as well!

    Shea Butter- also high in antioxidants, Shea Butter helps bring elasticity back to the skin, moisturizes, has natural sun protection, and helps bring healing to scars and wounds.

    Beeswax- recommended by Mayo Clinic as an excellent choice for a lip balm, beeswax is high in germicidal antioxidants, possesses natural anti-inflammatory abilities, and has been shown to have antibacterial qualities. It gives body to the lip balm while providing moisture and cell restoration for your lips!

    Essential Oils- (Either Orange or Peppermint Essential Oil)- Both provide refreshing flavors while providing their naturally inherent benefits to your lips! Orange is a refreshing, citrusy blast that helps to brighten your lips. Peppermint’s cool, tingly flavor will bring soothing refreshment to your lips on the driest of days!

    BALM (Beeyoutiful All-Natural Lip Moisturizer),
    Orange or Peppermint, .15 oz.
    Click to order.

    Wednesday, October 17, 2012

    Fall Scents Giveaway

    Beeyoutiful wants to bring a few of the scents of fall into your house!
    This week they're giving away two great essential oils:

    To enter this giveaway, click here and leave a comment that you would like to win and what your favorite scent is of this time of year! Winner will be selected Thursday, Oct. 18.



    Friday, October 5, 2012

    Folic Acid

    An estimated 20% of the US population suffers from some form of folic acid deficiency. And as one of the most difficult water-soluble vitamins to absorb, quality plays an integral role when choosing this essential B vitamin. Beeyoutiful's Folic Acid is a state-of-the-art blend that includes 25 mcg of Vitamin B-12 for synergistic effect and quick absorption. When used in combination with vitamin B-12, folic acid may help facilitate the production of cellular energy.


    Nutrition Facts
    Serving Size: 1 Tablet
    Servings Per Container: 250

     
    Amount Per Serving % Daily Value
    Folic Acid 800 mcg 200%*
    Vitamin B-12 (as Cyanocobalamin) 25 mcg420%*
    * Percent Daily Values are based on 2,000 calorie diet.     
                                  

    Suggested Use

    As a dietary supplement, take one tablet daily, preferably with meals.
    Other IngredientsCellulose, stearic acid, magnesium stearate. A Vegetarian Formula.
     Contains NO Yeast, wheat, soy, milk, corn.
      

    Pleasant Pregnancy

    Here's the conclusion to "Practices for a Pleasant Pregnancy," by Mary Ewing.  Click  here and here to read the earlier posts.

    "During this pregnancy, I've tried to stay as limber as possible.  In the past, I've tried to stay active, but by 30 weeks, I usually take to the couch.  Backaches are my biggest enemy, along with swelling of the legs and feet, and being generally uncomfortable.  I have found several things to help combat this.

    “1. Regular/weekly chiropractor appointments. Find a reputable chiropractor who will work with your midwife or health practitioner to privde the care you need while pregnant...

    “2. Bradley-recommended exercises. I had hoped to take a class in the Bradley method this pregnancy-yes, even though it’s my fourth time around! Unfortunately it didn’t fit into our schedules. Yet, I checked several resources out of our local library that offer a few chapters about moderate, appropriate exercise-mainly stretching and positioning...

    “3. Drinking plenty of water. Water retention is usually a sign of dehydration. I’ve known this through all my pregnancies but have not followed it as closely as I should. Usually by 30 weeks, I look more like a sausage than a person. But thankfully, between the chiropractor helping blood flow through the pelvis with a loose and straight spinal column, the stretching and increased water consumption, I have not had to battle thick extremities. This is not only beneficial to me but also to the baby. It helps insure good blood flow to the little one.

    “4. Get enough sleep. Sometimes easier said than done-but important. Since I am a night owl, I began enforcing an earlier night time for myself and thankfully began sleeping longer stretches. Also, turn off all electronics in your room.

    “Even though I haven’t attained that 'perfect'pregnancy yet, I’m excited about the progress on my journey of making this process healthier for myself and my future child. Sitting here tonight, I feel the kicks and jabs of my little one as she stretches and grows, and I’m extremely thankful for the insights I’ve gained over the last few years. I hope it won’t take you as long as it did me to discover the joy of feeling good while pregnant!”

    After this article was published, Mary’s fourth baby arrived safely, weighing 7 lbs. and 8 ounces. Mother and baby were both well, which Mary attributed to the nutrient dense diet she enjoyed during her pregnancy.

    Was this article helpful to you? Let me know!  Also, I'll be glad to send this article in its entirety to anyone who requests it.

    Monday, October 1, 2012

    Supplements for Pregnancy

    Yesterday, I shared the beginning of a very helpful article by Mary Ewing. Click here if you missed it.

    Read what Mary has to say about "Traditional Diet with Supplementation" during pregnancy…

     "In my “Pre-Pregnancy” article (Beeyoutiful Fall 2010 Catalog), I recommended the Weston Price Foundation approach to a healthy diet: raw milk, farm fresh eggs, good fats (butter, animal fats, coconut oil, olive oil, cod liver oil), bone broths, lacto-fermented vegetables, and grass-fed meats and vegetables (see Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon on page 12). This has become the mainstay of eating for my family and me. I’ve also limited my intake of white flour, white sugar, empty calories, preservatives, and chemicals. Eating 2 tablespoons of coconut oil each day has helped to decrease my cravings for carbohydrates and starches and to maintain my pregnancy-appropriate weight gain. My protein intake is 80-100g per day, equally spaced throughout the day, and making sure to have a healthy portion in the morning. Protein is crucial to the development of your baby during pregnancy. Most people consume only about 35g per day. That level can sustain you and your baby, but it increases your risk for developing toxemia or preeclampsia.

    "Early on, it was sometimes a struggle to eat these things when I felt yucky-Sprite and a chocolate chip muffin sounded much better. But if I chose to eat a bowl of bone broth, I would often start to feel normal again soon. Thankfully, as I entered my second trimester, I felt much better and was able to eat the suggested diet without problems.

    "Even the best diet often lacks key nutrients crucial for ourselves and our developing babies. Therefore, supplementation is essential, and I cannot tell you what a difference this pregnancy has been. My husband is grateful for Beeyoutiful because supplements have meant a lot less complaining on my part!

    "Supplements for daily usage:
    Click on the highlighted product names for more information about each one.


    "SuperMom-an excellent prenatal multivitamin. I’ve had some problems early on with tablets, but using the capsules four times a day instead helps ease my indigestion or discomfort. On days I was having a particularly hard time stomaching things, I found that taking SuperKids was a great way to get my vitamins without the discomfort. These supplements provide important building blocks to help keep you healthy and nurture a strong baby.


     "Tummy Tuneup or Ultimate Defense probitoics. I’ve taken Ultimate Defense because of nausea and to insure the best gut health possible, eliminate nausea, and pass on a healthy gut to my newest addition. A recent study links a decrease in childhood allergies to use of probiotics during pregnancy.

    "Digestive Enzymes. There’s a theory about morning sickness that links it to the live and a back-up of toxins. Digestive Enzymes can help the body break down these toxins and ease morning sickness. It also helps the body use the nutrients in food, decrease bloating, and indigestion.

     "Folic Acid. Although Folic Acid is most critical during the first few weeks of conception and growth, it’s important to continue supplementation throughout pregnancy. Check with your midwife or health practitioner for the specific amount to take, because this varies between individuals. Typically 400-800 mcg per day is recommended. SuperMom contains 400 mcg, so you will likely need to take extra. Also, on the days you just can’t stomach much else, Folic Acid’s small tablet is a great source of folic acid without having to take a bunch of pills.

    "Magnesium. Wow! I can’t say enough about this one. The migraines and constipation I feared were the norm for all pregnancies…are not. I had heard many years ago that magnesium was crucial for migraine sufferers, so when my migraines peaked again in the middle of pregnancy, I took a healthy dose of magnesium every day. Within several weeks, I no longer suffered the constipation my OB had told me was completely normal and expected in pregnancy. My husband was thrilled, too, because it meant I no longer read a full novel every three days, camped out in the bathroom. I also slept much better than I ever had. In addition, magnesium helps prevent preeclampsia and pre-term labor. I take Beeyoutiful’s Magnesium and split my dose with two capsules in the morning and two before bedtime. I take it with raw milk because calcium is great coupled with magnesium.

    "Cod Liver Oil. Another “Wow!” moment when I started taking this. Although it had been on my shelf for years, I just didn’t want to take another thing. But the energy, clarity of mind, and overall vitality I experienced was incredible. To be sure that Cod Liver Oil was making the difference, I took myself off of it for a few days. Within a week, I was sluggish and feeling drained again, so I haven’t missed it since. It not only nourishes your brain but provides your body with crucial Vitamin D3 which helps keep your immune system in high gear. In my first three pregnancies, I struggled with colds and viruses several times during each one. (Nothing more miserable!) But with this pregnancy, I was 35 weeks along before catching even a slight cold, and it ran its course in just 48 hours!

     "Red Raspberry Leaves and Evening Primrose Oil. These two are excellent hormonal supports during pregnancy, and they prepare the uterus and body for labor. I did take these in my third pregnancy, and although I can’t confirm their overall impact, my labor was only four hours long-tolerable until the last two hours or so! I have read many different suggestions regarding when to start taking them. I suggest personal research and asking your midwife or health practitioner what is best for you. Each woman’s body is different, and the needs should be specifically addressed.

    "Supplements to keep on hand:

    "Activated Charcoal. This has been a lifesaver during this pregnancy, for two reasons: (1) A horrible stomach flu went through our family while on vacation. I immediately grabbed the charcoal and began regular doses. Although I typically catch any and all stomach viruses, it totally skipped me! (2) It greatly relieved morning sickness and indigestion. When I felt bad or had that acidy feeling in the pit of my stomach, I drank a slurry of Activated Charcoal powder. While I don’t mind the slurry’s taste and texture, others may prefer tablets or capsules. (NOTE: With regular use of charcoal for morning sickness, be sure to take either a mineral supplement or to mineralize your water because charcoal can decrease the mineral population in your intestines.)

    "Pregnancy Tea. Oh, what a comfort you are! When I am not feeling well, have a lack of energy, feel extra emotional, cold, or just want to enjoy a cup of warm tea that’s good for me, I relish Pregnancy Tea. Its slightly spearmint flavor is quite a comfort when mixed with a little honey and sipped in my favorite rocking chair.

     "Ow!-Ease. For those back aches or round ligament pains, Ow!-Ease is my favorite pain reducer. If occasional back or neck-aches creep up, Ow!-Ease delivers instant relief."

    Check back later this week for the conclusion of this article.  We'll also be glad to email the article in its entirety to anyone who requests it.


    Sunday, September 30, 2012

    Practices for a Pleasant Pregnancy

    When you learn the good news that a baby is on the way, you want to do all you can to take care of your health and the health of the baby.

    First, yes, you can absolutely continue taking your SuperMom tablets.  SuperMom is a great pre-natal vitamin.  If you're not already taking 2 a day, you should be sure to take 2 every day.  You can take them together after breakfast or lunch, or you can take one in the morning and one later in the day--whatever seems to be best for you.

    Here is an excerpt from an article entitled "Practices for a Pleasant Pregnancy."  The author is Mary Ewing, a part-time employee of Beeyoutiful.
     

    "After three pregnancies, each featuring a number of 'pregnancy symptoms' and baby complications following the birth, I had resigned myself to the idea that all my pregnancies would be difficult, and my health would never be great while pregnant. Still, I envied women who actually enjoyed pregnancy. Many feel wonderful and love every minute of it. But I had never experienced such a thing!  Throwing up was a way of life form me with most of my pregnancies-sometimes the entire nine months. I was constipated, had blood sugar problems, anemia, back aches, swelling…you name it!
     
    "Since I was convinced a lot of my problems centered on nutrition, I decided to change my diet and be faithful with supplementation to see if my next pregnancy would be any better.  The first few weeks of my fourth (and current) pregnancy were still hard-tiredness, vomiting, migraines, and dizziness-but I stuck with my plan to stay on a healthier diet, get moderate exercise, and use supplements. Slowly I noticed a difference and by week 15, I was actually starting to feel good. By 20 weeks, I consistently felt wonderful. For the first time ever, I was pregnant and felt fine at the same time. 
     
    "Despite my success, I was quaking in my boots as I went for gestational diabetes and anemia checks around 30 weeks. I just knew some of my problem was 'genetically me.' I’ve always battled hypoglycemia and anemia, so when my midwife took blood samples, we waited nervously as her machine ticked down the seconds. I almost fell off her couch when the results came back not only normal but textbook normal. As the weeks have passed, I continue to feel fine, sleep well, and have fairly decent energy levels. 
     
    "So what did I do this time? Three things:
    2. Moderate Exercise
    3. Good rest."

    Check back later this week for more from this very helpful article.