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Monday, August 29, 2016

How coconut water can completely get rid of pregnancy weight!

Coconut water and other coconut derivatives are stealing the show, more now than ever, and it has every right too as coconut and all of its derivatives are the leading cure to many ailments.

For pregnant women more so than others coconut can be a heaven sent. The water prevents dehydration, tiredness and fatigue, high blood pressure and morning sickness. After pregnancy it can be an amazing aide for weight loss as it s packed full of nutrients and electrolytes. Really young coconuts are used as laxatives, therefore will naturally aide in the removal of excess toxins from the body after giving birth and hasten the weight loss process.

How should one include coconut in the diet for weight loss?

In order to benefit from the coconuts natural weight loss properties, it is advised to have one glass first thing in the morning and one last thing at night, being sure to drink at least 3 glasses of filtered water in between as well as this will help those yummy electrolytes move through the body and get to work.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

The benefits of prenatal pills post pregnancy

The benefits of prenatal vitamins post pregnancy and it can help you lose the pregnancy weight!

Giving birth is usually a joyful experience, but pregnancy and delivery can take a toll on a woman's body. It is important to eat well-balanced meals and take care of yourself after birth to ensure a faster recovery. Breastfeeding also places a greater strain on your body, so there are special considerations if you choose to nurse your newborn. While you ideally get all necessary nutrients from food, vitamins and other supplements might sometimes be helpful for women after giving birth. 

You might be surprised to learn prenatal vitamins can still be important postpartum. Ideally, you began taking them several months before conception and can now continue taking prenatal vitamins after the birth of your baby. suggests taking a prenatal vitamin for as long as you are breastfeeding. 

Prenatal vitamins help you get the right amount of all the essential vitamins and minerals, especially folate and other B vitamins that can help stave off postpartum depression. According to University Health Care at the University of Utah, water-soluble vitamins, like B or C, are simply excreted in urine, so it is difficult to consume a toxic level of most vitamins. As per our recommendations, you should try to consume a tad bit more than the suggested amount once you are pregnant and especially if you are breastfeeding. 

Saturday, August 20, 2016

How paying special attention to your thyroid can actually help combat after pregnancy weight gain...

About the thyroid gland

The thyroid gland is a gland situated under the neck that regulates the metabolism as well as other vital body functions such as:

  • Breathing
  • Heart Rate 
  • Body Weight
  • Muscle Strength 
  • Menstrual cycle 
  • Body Temperature

The thyroid gland lies in front of the throat below what is called the Adam's apple, it has two sides called lobes.

Why You Need a Thyroid Gland

T3 and T4 travel in your bloodstream to reach almost every cell in the body. The hormones regulate the speed with which the cells/metabolism work. For example, T3 and T4 regulate your heart rate and how fast your intestines process food. So if T3 and T4 levels are low, your heart rate may be slower than normal, and you may have constipation/weight gain. If T3 and T4 levels are high, you may have a rapid heart rate and diarrhea/weight loss.

Listed below are other symptoms of too much T3 and T4 in your body (hyperthyroidism):

  • Anxiety
  • Irritability or moodiness
  • Nervousness, hyperactivity
  • Sweating or sensitivity to high temperatures
  • Hand trembling (shaking)
  • Hair loss
  • Missed or light menstrual periods

The following is other symptoms of too little T3 and T4 in your body (hypothyroidism):

  • Trouble sleeping
  • Tiredness and fatigue
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Dry skin and hair
  • Depression
  • Sensitivity to cold temperature
  • Frequent, heavy periods
  • Joint and muscle pain
During pregnancy it is important to nurture the thyroid eat foods that will help maintain its optimal health. The most beneficial food for this is Kelp. Not to be over done it is a great idea to include one kelp supplement a week while pregnant from the second semester onward. 

After the baby has arrived it is a great idea to include it on a more frequent basis, for example on a daily basis. 

Friday, August 19, 2016

The importance of vitamin D in your diet when pregnant and breast feeding...

Vitamin D is a lot more important in the diet than most women know while pregnant. Now, you must be thinking well you are taking your prenatal vitamins so you have nothing to worry about, however, the prenatal vitamins taken during pregnancy (this goes for any brand) do not contain sufficient amounts of vitamin D for both the mother and the baby;s health and over all well being. 

Why, do u ask is vitamin D so important in the diet while pregnant. Well, vitamin D prevents pre-term labor, birth defects and infections while pregnant. It is recommended that women include 4000 IU in the diet while pregnant for the health of the baby as well as the health of the mummy. It also significantly boost your immune function, cell division and bone health while pregnant as well. 

A deficiency in vitamin D in the diet while pregnant may lead to your baby developing preeclampcia and poor bone development. 

"Fact: Did you know that over 60% of the United States population is vitamin D deficient? And this includes pregnant women."

Getting vitamin D through the inclusion of specific foods (salmon, cod liver oil or egg yolks) in the diet or via supplement is not enough. It is also important to get enough sun exposure, as vitamin D is a hormone as need sunlight in order to be absorbed properly into the skin. 

If you haven't already, go out and get some addition al vitamin D for your diet, whether you are still pregnant or in the phase of breast feeding. This will improve your health dramatically. 

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Workout's that lift and firm boobs (with supplements)

  • Dumbbell bench press

  • Push up's

  • Pull up's

  • Dumbbell fly

Monday, August 15, 2016

Yes! Breastfeeding does make you lose the pregnancy weight.....But...

Loosing the pregnancy weight by using the breast feeding method is one of the simplest ways to go about getting back in shape after pregnancy. It is as simple as it sounds, just breast feed your beautiful baby. 

Breast milk is the healthiest food for your baby, but it is also healthy for the mother as it is natures way of saying, "Here is your pre-pregnancy body back." So just do it and while you are at it, adjust your diet and throw in some exercise and you might end up even slimmer that you were before, thanks to your bundle of joy. 

It's inevitable, you have to work out!

Sadly, for those of us that are not use to having to workout, that is all going to change once you have a child- more so for some more than others. The reality is that no matter how healthy the pregnancy is and how high our natural metabolism is, there is a degree of pouchiness that we will have to address, and that can only be addressed through exercise.

So, now we have to decide on the most effective, and efficient way to go about this after all, time is against us, what with our hands now full with our little pudgy dumplings. 

Not all of us have the money to invest in a trainer, but have no fear, luckily there are ways to achieve the ultimate mummy workout at home. It is worth mentioning that no workout is effective without a proper adjustment to ones diet, so please bear that in mind if you are looking for more permanent results.

Side note: (Most of these workouts have been proven to be quite effective as a means of calming a cranky baby- extremely great entertainment for the little ones)

So, the perfect combination of exercises for a post baby female are ones that target three main areas: 
  • Full Body
  • Abdominal tightening
  • Cardio
First up, full body, the best full body exercise for the most effective post natal come back:

Next up Our focus on core or abdominal tightening: MAINLY PLANKS!.....but the other are great as well!

And last but not least, cardio, cardio, cardio!!!

This is the easiest of the lot as those little munchkins will have your cardio on 100 in no time, however in the mean time incorporate a lot more walking and the occasional jumping jack whenever the free time arises. Trust me there is no exact science to it, don't be to focused on a regime, just do a little something every time you get the chance and you will see results!

Thursday, August 11, 2016

What you consume the first year after giving birth makes all the difference....

Your body is now cleaned inside and out and is ready for you to nurture it with the right foods after the castor oil detox... So what foods should you eat after giving birth in order to "snap back". We have compiled a list of must haves in your diet, that would drop all the pregnancy weight, while also fending off the fat that might try to sneak it's way into your system after the pregnancy is over.

Keeping in shape after pregnancy is more than just breastfeeding away the calories into the precious new born infant. It will have to be an adjustment to your overall lifestyle. Foods that are particularly rich in anti-inflammatory properties are what you should pay particular attention to putting into your system. Ideally, you are looking for foods that get and keep your iron levels up, replace all the lost calcium as well as get those levels up as well, provide your thyroid with the iodine it needs to recover (very important to have a lightening fast metabolism), as well as give you all the b vitamins you will need for over all recovery as well as maximum muscle rebuild and cell regeneration as well as energy.

Foods that should comprise your diet after giving birth are: 
  • Herbals teas 
  • Starches such as rice
  • Whole Grains
  • Legumes such as peas
  • Green Leafy vegetables
  • Berries and other Fruits
  • A decent amount of Cabbage should be consumes daily! (NB)
  • Water 
  • Natural Juices
  • Almond Milk or other nut based milks
  • Coconut water (at least a glass a day)
  • Mushrooms
  • Kelp
Now, just as important as the food that you should eat are the foods that you should definitely stay away from. They are foods that are high in chemicals, and hormones, as well as foods that are most likely to cause bloat and inflammation. 

Foods that you should definitely stay away from are:
  • Milk and Dairy based products
  • Sugary foods
  • Soy Milk as well as soy byproducts
  • Red Meats
  • Meats in general
  • Snacks and Candies
  • Fizzy Drinks

To Detox after a pregnancy or not?!!

Now that you've handled the pregnancy like a champ and you have gone ahead and banded your belly after the 6 weeks to 3 months waiting progress in order to ensure perfect snap back......the work still is in process. It's time to cleanse the body of the waist that it was collecting and holding onto while it had a baby bump. 

Now is this safe? and what is the best way to go about it? 

Cleansing of the bodies system is something that should naturally be done at least twice a year, even before pregnancy. However, while pregnant this cannot be done as it may harm the unborn baby. While a woman is with child the body undergoes several changes as well as stresses internally. One of which is that it holds onto quite a lot of the waste that the baby excretes into the system. The baby does poop and urinate while it is inside of the mummy and while a lot of it gets filtered out, a bit gets absorbed into the system as well. Not to mention, while a woman is pregnant, she eats  for two, and gives into every craving, a lot of the times many women eat a lot of junky items that leave very toxic byproducts int the body. 

For these reasons it is very important to cleanse/detox the body of all the "fun" that was had while pregnant, by both the mother as well as the baby. 

The best way to go about this is to wait for at least ten days (some say 3 months) post pregnancy. When choosing a detox method, their are many on the market, however generally you will want to find something that is very natural in the the ingredients. The best thing is Castor oil, just a teaspoon, why? Castor oil has many many great benefits to the body, not to mention the liver, which is basically destroyed after having a baby along with the thyroid. What does this mean when your liver and thyroid are compromised after pregnancy? It means that the ability for the woman's body to heal itself from the effects of toxins and free-radicals is severely compromised, causing things like cellulite and premature aging. Now when the thyroid is compromised after pregnancy without a fix, it causes a serious hit to the metabolism, which is why a lot of women gain a large amount of weight after having a baby. Detoxing the body is the first step in reversing the damage that was done internally, and it will certainly lend a much needed helping hand to the liver that will be struggling a bit. 

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Waist training after pregnancy???!!!

Waist training is a very controversial topic, especially so for women who just gave birth. Is it right? or more so, is it right for you? Let's explore!

What is waist training? 

Waist training is the use of a corset like device to contour the waist line and flatten the abdominal cavity. It works by the prolonged use of it along with healthy diet and exercise. 

There are many types of waist trainers. Not all are made the same and some are a lot more painful to wear than others. Some are also made for everyday use, while others are made for use only when e

Is waist-training safe? 

Too much of nothing is good for you, this is also so for waist training. If a person over does it. It will result in the shifting of organs and inevitably alter the person's body proportions dramatically. By doing so, this would without a doubt make it a very unsafe thing. However, once practiced correctly, waist training is a very safe and sometimes very necessary option in order to reclaim one's body. 

Is waist training safe to do after giving birth?

Yes it is, It all depends on the time that you choose to waist train and how you go about it. For some women, while they are pregnant they develop what is called Diastasis Recti in the last trimester and some even after. This is a fairly common condition of pregnancy and postpartum in which the right and left halves of Rectus Abdominis muscle spread apart at the body's mid line fascia, the linea alba.

Widening and thinning of the mid line tissue occurs in response the force of the Uterus pushing against the abdominal wall, in conjunction with pregnancy hormones that soften connective tissue. A mid line of more than 2 to 2.5 finger-widths, or 2 centimeters, is considered problematic. Diastasis recti can occur anytime in the last half of pregnancy but is most commonly seen after pregnancy when the abdominal wall is lax and the thinner mid line tissue no longer provides adequate support for the torso and internal organs.

A small amount of widening of the mid line happens in all pregnancies and is normal. Diastasis recti occurs in about 30% of all pregnancies. Some postpartum women's mid lines close to less than 2 finger-widths spontaneously, but for many, the tissue remains too wide, causing problems.

When this occurs it is necessary to use a waist trainer in order to rectify the problem. 

How do I use a waist trainer after pregnancy?

It is important to not become obsessed and dependent on the wait trainer after giving birth. It is advised that a woman who recently gave birth should wait a good 6 weeks to 3 months before considering a waist trainer. This is necessary in order to allow the muscles to and the organs that shifted out of place while being pregnant to move back into place properly and on their own. After this has happened, then a waist trainer can be safely introduced. When introducing a post-pregnancy body to a waist trainer, find something that is breathable and adjustable, that you can move around in without feeling like you are in pain or any discomfort. Ensure that you are not wearing it for more than 8 hours a day and that you adjust your diet and exercise plan to suit, in order to achieve the best and quickest results. It is advised to waist train for at least a year for continuously in order to achieve permanent results after giving birth. 

Go, forth and reclaim your body, despite what the neigh-sayers say, they are just jealous they never have the opportunity to, but you do, so do it and do it safely. Then strap on your favorite bikini and plan a tropical island get away to show off your amazing body! ;)

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Food and pregnancy!

For many women, pregnancy is a hall pass to eat whatever you want, and why shouldn't it be--after all they are eating for two. 

Believe it or not the weight control process begins while you are pregnant. Don't get us wrong now, it is very important to eat to your hearts content and address every craving as they arise, for your own health and happiness as well as the health and happiness of the baby. However, their is a safe and effective way of doing this all without overeating and slowing your metabolism as a side effect to all the bad eating habits.

"Remember pregnancy is a journey, but the eating decisions that you make might turn the weight gained into a way of life. This can be avoided!"

Here are 3 tips to keep you in tip top shape while pregnant, which would make loosing all the beautiful pregnancy weight after the baby comes out effortlessly easy.

Tip 1). Every time you feel hungry and or are looking to satisfy a craving, Always get your meal with a good liter of water alongside. This will not only be great for the speeding up of the labor process when the time arises, making it that much faster and easier, but it will also help with keeping your skin adequately hydrated as most women suffer from eczema's when they become pregnant. It will also help you feel more full for a lot longer, which would go a long way in cutting out some of those pesky cravings that often lead to pounds that need not be there for the health of the baby.

Tip 2). When the late night craving come knocking, answer them with some of what we like to call dirty healthy options. For instance if you have a sweet tooth, try some dried, or fresh fruit dipped in peanut butter. For some additional yumminess, crush up some of your favorite nuts and sprinkle it on top. Substitute whatever milk you are use to drinking with vanilla almond milk. Drink 2-3 glasses of coconut water a day. And always, when you feel yourself ready to sleep at night, have a hot beverage before you do (of course no caffeine).

Tip 3). If you scour the internet for pregnancy health advice almost everywhere will tell you to workout and even go as far as to show you how to do so. However, that is not such an easy thing to do while pregnant, and this is understandable. But, there is a short cut through the pregnancy fitness advice that will get you the result with a lot less hassle, and it is simply to walk. Walk, walk, walk......every day from the second trimester onward go for a walk to the nearest ice cream shop and back (lol) or make a couple blocks, call up a friend or anyone that you will like the company of and walk walk walk. This will not only keep your metabolism in check, but it will also make delivery a walk in the park! Your welcome!