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7. Probiotics and Children’s Health

Mindell RPh PhD, Earl Basic Health Publications ePub



As a baby passes through its mother’s birth canal, it is exposed to the health-promoting bacteria that populate its mother’s vagina. This is Mother Nature’s way of introducing these good bugs to the newborn’s intestinal tract. Today, about 20 percent of babies are born by Cesarean section in the United States, and this practice brings many infants into the world without this important first dose of probiotics. This explains why babies born by C-section tend to have more gastrointestinal issues than babies born vaginally.

In developed nations, unfortunately, there’s an increasing trend toward elective C-section. Aside from the probiotic dose a vaginally born infant gets, there are a lot of reasons why C-section should only be performed when absolutely necessary. While natural childbirth is not exactly a pleasurable experience for the mother, elective C-section is far more dangerous to mother and child. Recovery is slower after C-section and breastfeeding is more often unsuccessful. Multiple drugs are used for Cesarean surgery, and those drugs enter the baby’s circulation. In addition, the skin-to-skin mother-infant bonding period that occurs just after a vaginal birth is impossible after a C-section.

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CHAPTER 5. Fifty Exercises for Your Gut

Tuley, Marty Basic Health Publications ePub

Determine never to be idle . . . It is wonderful how much

may be done if we are always doing.


I have selected the gut exercises in the Butt & Gut Program with similar criteria as the butt exercises. We start with simple movements that to some degree provide limited muscle isolation. Then, as the program progresses, youll use more advanced movements that will need added accessory muscle action. The more muscles we involve, the more intense the exercise. More muscle movement needs more energy and that places a greater demand on your bodys physiologyyour heart pumps faster and you breathe harder. However, it is the design of your bodys midsection that makes it almost impossible to single out certain muscles. Maybe more so than anywhere else in the body, the muscles that comprise your midsection and your core work in an interconnected fashion. We can vary the degree of muscle involvement with exercise selection, but we cannot isolate.


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3. Cell Energy: Coenzyme Q10

Hunninghate MD, Ronald Basic Health Publications ePub


If one nutrient had been shown to be useful for the prevention or treatment of heart failure, high blood pressure, cancer, AIDS, Parkinsons disease, Huntingtons disease, mitochondrial diseases, and chronic fatigue . . . well, youd have heard about it by now. Right?

Maybe not. There is just such a nutrient: coenzyme Q10, also known as ubiquinone because of its ubiquitous presence in living cells. Strong research evidence supports its use as a therapy for some of the most challenging illnesses of modern times. And yet, if you were to ask the average doctor whether she recommends its use to her patients, shed likely say, Coenzyme what?

Coenzyme Q10CoQ10 for shortis a substance found in nature. It is in many of the foods we eat, although in small concentrations. (To take in the minimum recommended 30-milligram dose of CoQ10 from food, youd have to eat a pound of sardines, two pounds of beef, or two and a half pounds of peanuts!) It is found most abundantly in the tissues of the heart, kidney, brain, muscle, and liver.

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1. Free Radicals and Antioxidants Demystified

Challem, Jack Basic Health Publications ePub



You’ve probably heard a lot of talk about free radicals and antioxidants. You may have made some attempt to figure out just what exactly they are, and you may even have tried to learn which antioxidants you should take to protect and promote good health. This book will take you to the next level: it will apprise you of what is currently understood about antioxidants, and it will help you decide which ones you ought to be taking.

Antioxidants are not drugs, although some drugs can have an antioxidant effect in the body. And although many researchers are currently transforming some natural antioxidants into drugs, the best antioxidants come directly from nature. Some come from foods; some come from plants that are not eaten as food; still others are made within the living cells of the body, and have been isolated and studied as nutritional supplements.

Simply put, antioxidants neutralize free radicals. Free radicals are atoms or atomic groups that contain unpaired electrons.

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Ivy Ph.D., John Basic Health Publications ePub

by Jeffrey Stout, Ph.D.

The young athlete in your family has a competition this morning. She starts the day with a breakfast of cereal and milk and washes it down with a glass of orange juice. Thats the last time she has anything to eat or drink until halftime, when she has some water or a sports drink. Afterward, the players celebrate the games completion (and possibly their victory) with a snack, such as potato chips and soda.

Well, the breakfast wasnt bad, but everything your young athlete did or didnt do in terms of in-game and postgame nutrition decreased her ability to play well, increased the likelihood of injuries, and greatly limited her ability to recover from the physical stresses of the game. Dont feel bad. Few parents think beyond breakfast when it comes to sports nutrition, and coaches, particularly at the youth level, are often too busy to worry about nutrition during the game.

The nutrition young athletes take in before, during, and after games or practices is critical to their performance. There are three factors you should consider when refueling a young athlete. Just think of the three Rs: Rehydrate, Replenish, Recover.

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