Health Essentials – Taurine

Taurine for Pregnancy

Pregnancy is having a baby in the womb of a mother or female. Pregnancy is the result of the female egg merging with the male sperm called spermatozoon, in a cycle we call in medical term as fertilization, or more commonly known as “conception”. In pregnancy a woman has different instructions to be followed. It will depend on their obstetricians if they are going to take vitamins or not. There are some questions if the amino acid taurine is good for a pregnant mother.

Taurine is an organic substance that was named after the bull Taurus. It is one of the few sulfonic acids. It is a colorless crystalline substance found in the fluids of the muscles and lungs of human as well as animals. It can also be found in the blood cells and cardio muscles. It is a main ingredient of bile. This substance gives different health benefits.

Perceptions on Taurine

Like some other dietary supplements, there is no clear result on some scientific studies whether taurine is safe or harmful for pregnant women. It is assumed that it is safe for pregnant women because it was produced naturally by the human body. Some pregnant women drink energy drinks and supplement where taurine is present.

A liver and muscle taurine concentration decreases within the duration of the gestation period. In a given extent of pregnancy, there were no connection between these three tissue concentrations and birth weight. A pregnant woman may think that a substance may be more effective during pregnancy but as mentioned there is no concrete evidence on a bad side effect of taurine while pregnant.

Taurine during Breastfeeding

Similar to pregnancy, the amino acid contained by taurine has no proof of being unsafe for breastfeeding. Actually, taurine is an important content of milk in a mom’s breast. If you will notice, some infant formulas such as milk and soft processed food contain taurine. It is because infants do not have that much ability of making taurine on its own because they are not yet fully developed.

Because of the infant formulas where taurine was present, many people were convinced that it will take no side effect on breastfeeding. On the other hand, because taurine is a dietary supplement, a mother’s body should not be producing that much milk. Because of this, a baby may not get enough nutrients from the mother’s womb.

The components of taurine present in infant foods may not be a similar content as to taurine produced by the own body. As of now, taking taurine during the breastfeeding period does not have any proven benefits or side effects even though there are plenty of taurine produced by the human body.

Regardless of the studies that are conducted by different organizations, a pregnant woman should be the first one to be responsible in their pregnancy and breastfeeding. Since there are no concrete evidences on both, the best thing that they can do is to coordinate with their doctor.

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Oral Health: Essential Tips

The importance of oral health is usually realized by people once they start suffering from cavities, bad breath, gingivitis etc. The ironical fact is that it is very easy to maintain effective oral health which also affects the overall health of the body. People who do not take care of their oral health on a regular basis also end up spending a fortune in the long run in expensive treatments.

Brushing and Flossing:

Do you consider it a pain in the neck to brush and floss your teeth on a regular basis? In such a case, you would attract a host of oral health related problems such as tartar formation, cavities, gingivitis etc.

You should pay attention to the following important aspects while brushing your teeth:

1. Use a small headed toothbrush with soft bristles
2. Brush your teeth in a circular motion
3. Use a fluoride contained mouthwash if you are unable to find time to brush your teeth

The most common chronic childhood disease is tooth decay which is entirely preventable. It is imperative for adults as well as children to brush their teeth at least twice on a daily basis. American Dental Association recommends brushing your teeth after every meal. However, it is indeed difficult to do so in case you have a busy life. Therefore, a fluoride contained mouthwash is a good alternative.

Appropriate Diet:

You should drink plenty of water throughout the day. Eating lots of snacks causes more harm to your teeth as enough saliva is not produced which lessens the effects of acids and washes the food particles from the mouth.

Try eating a variety of foods from each of the food group mentioned below:

1. Fat fee and low fat dairy foods
2. Lean sources of protein such as skinless poultry, lean beef and fish; peas, dry beans and other legumes
3. Vegetables
4. Fruits
5. Whole grains

While consuming food, make sure that they are low in sugar content. Common sources of sugar in the diet include pastries, cookies, candy and aerated drinks. Lack of essential nutrients in your diet not only contributes to gum diseases but also makes it more difficult for the tissues of your mouth to resist infection. Tooth decay can also happen if you consume too many non-nutritious snacks, sweetened fruit drinks or sugar-filled sodas.

Visiting the Dentist:

You have no option but to visit the dentist in case you have developed cavities in your mouth. A regular dental checkup ensures that the condition of your oral health is regularly checked by an expert and problems such as tartar formation are detected early and treated immediately. Delay or non-treatment of such problems might even result in oral cancer at an advanced stage. People usually avoid visiting the dentist due to lack of funds. In such cases, one can get dental health insurance plans which are not only affordable but also involve little or no paperwork.

Remember that you need to take care of your oral health as you only have one permanent set of teeth. Visiting the dentist at least thrice on a yearly basis for a routine check-up would ensure that you never have to worry about oral health related problems in future.

Natural Health – Essential Oils For the Blahs

Whether you want to call it The Blahs, or Depression, feeling down in the dumps is no fun. Life can be stressful and at times bring us down. The good news is that there is something natural within our reach that can help us get through trying times.

Aromatherapy, or essential oils, are helpful in elevating and balancing moods. Nature has many answers for problems and leveling out emotions is one of them. Essential oils that are not perfume grade carry the “life force” of the plant. They offer the plant’s vibrancy and normalizing effects. They oxygenate our environment and our bodies when we wear them. Nature likes to “balance”.

One of the popular essential oils used for balancing moods is lavendar. Lavendar, called the “Swiss Army Knife” of essential oils can help calm down upset emotions, or uplift a low feeling. This application of essential oils is not known to be used medicinally in North America, but in Germany aromatherapy is often recommended by mental health care professionals.

Essential oils that are not perfume grade carry the “life force” of the plant. This “life force” can transfer over to enhance our own “life force” and make us feel generally better.

Here is a Mood Elevating Protocol using essential oil blends from Young Living Essential Oils:

Valor Blend – on the bottom of the feet
Harmony Blend – on the Solar Plexus (that is the belly)
Joy Blend – on the Heart
White Angelica Blend – on top of the Head and in the Energy Field (a few drops of each, one right after the other)

Natural Health – Essential Oil Gift Ideas For Summertime Guests

Next week my family from the West Coast is coming for a visit and I am thrilled.

I always like to have little welcome gifts when people visit me – something practical for them to use while they are here and something they can use at home.

The three kids (all under age 12) are getting personalized bags that I ordered from Lillian Vernon so they can easily schlep their stuff between family homes here in New Jersey.

And for the adults I thought I would make them each a Signature Essential Oils Spritz with their names on the bottle. It will be at tier bedside in my guest rooms, and they can take it with them on their visit to the Jersey Shore – and then home if it lasts that long!

Kristen is a Geranium Gal…….

David is a Man of Valor…

Here is how I’m making these Signature Spritz’s….(I’m calling them “Body Spray’s” so they know they can spray all over their body – and these are great in the summer time!):

* A small mister bottle
* 4 drops of essential oils (Geranium for Kristen)
* 4 oz of distilled water

–Just fill the mister bottle starting with 4 drops of essential oils.
–Add water
–Shake well before use

For David – I think he’ll want to use this as an aftershave so I’ll use some refreshing witch hazel in his spritz:

* 1 tablespoon witch hazel
* 4 drops of essential oils (Valor for David)
* 6 oz. of distilled water

Both of these will go in a pretty cobalt blue spray bottle ordered from Abundant Health.

And of course, when they want to know how to get more – I send them home with a Young Living catalog!!!

Boosts and Develops Health – Essential Oils

The Essential Oils treatment also called Aromatherapy is an ability of curing various health troubles. It is providing not only the health benefits but also heal the mental and emotional part of the body.

Aromatherapy stands for the treatment done using natural oils, absolutes and base oils etc. But they are noticed as one of the main constituent used in the healing treatment of Aromatherapy.

It obtained by using steam distillation of different plant parts such as stems, leaves, flowers and wood majorly. In early times, the Aryuvedacharyas (Ayurveda Therapists) use leaves, extracts for healing purposes but now after initialization of therapeutic oils, the same replaced using that.

Their usage is not only restricted till aromatherapy, but also used in various industries and purposes as follows:

1. Essential oil is also used as air freshener due to its aromatic fragrance.

2. It is one of the main elements in cosmetic industry. As it is already known that essential oil is naturally extracted element thus helps in enhancing beauty. And, due to this reason, it is used in various creams, lotions, soaps etc.

3. Essential oil enhances the beauty of hairs by improving its texture and strengthening its roots.

4. It is used in cooking.

Sometimes, essential oils are considered as Fragrance Oil but actually the both terms are different. The essential oils are prepared using steam distillation but the fragrance oil are designed in lab and may be it has the same constituents like natural oils.

There are various kinds of sellers in Indian market but one should take a short review before buying significant quantities of oils. One should make sure whether the seller is a real producer of just trading the fragrance oils from fragrance oils companies and selling as pure oils. One should also describe the purpose of usage before placing orders.

In the field of Aromatherapy, it play a major role because it boosts the overall health of the person getting treatment. Essential oils can be take in various ways for example, massaging, rubbing, ingestion (must be in supervision of qualified aroma therapist) and inhalation. They smell trigger the brain which further lead to the nervous system and further provide the overall enthusiasm and energy in the whole body. One should check the effect on body by using small dose of the same before taking the actual dose.

The user of any kind of oil is recommended to take prescribed precautions in order to avoid the adverse effects of the it. There are a lot of dos and don’ts of essential oil usage which I will discuss in my further articles. It may cause skin rashes, redness and itching etc if you use them in undiluted form. In that special case, one should avoid using it immediately and contact the physician for recovery of the damage.