Healthy, Natural Living

People often ask me what I do for certain ailments or what I will do if my children contract whooping cough, measels, chicken pox, etc. What I do for everything, is continuously make decisions that build and strengthen the immune system. The immune system is designed to defend the body against foreign organisms.
The first thing I did to give my children the best chance at good health was to focus on preconception health. Jeff and I prepared our bodies for pregnancy following many of the guidelines presented here. God had already been doing a work on me, regarding my health before it became time to start our family. I was about half way to my goals when God started to work on us to start a family. I remember saying, “just let me get my body right.” He already knew that, so after another year we conceived Roman.
The website Women’s Health has this to say about preconception health:

Experts agree that women need to be healthier before becoming pregnant. By taking action on health issues and risks before pregnancy, you can prevent problems that might affect you or your baby later.

So, I hit the books, lots of books. A few of my favorite books are “Childbirth Without Fear” by Grantley Dick-Reed, “Birth Reborn: What Childbirth Should be” by Michel Odent, and “Having a Baby, Naturally” by Peggy O’Mara.

38 weeks pregnant  with Silas

38 weeks pregnant with Silas

Once I was pregnant, it was time to nourish my changing body and grow my baby to the best of my ability. I continued to follow many of the recommendations from the Weston A. Price foundation.

It is important for babies to be born vaginally. Natural childbirth lays the foundation for the health of your child.

As they pass through your birth canal, your baby picks up a protective bacteria that they ingest. This bacteria colonizes in their intestines and forms a balanced immune system as they develop from childhood into adulthood.
Lowers the risk of respiratory prblems~When your baby passes through your vaginal opening, the pressure helps to expel the amniotic fluid in your baby’s lungs. Thus helping to clear away any blockages in the lungs and nasal areas naturally rather than with extra medical attention. Source: American Pregnancy Association

Moments after Silas's birth

Moments after Silas’s birth

The Benefits of Breastfeeding

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We hear it all the time “Breast is Best.” But I have to question, do we really believe that? When I read over 900 babies die every year, because they were not breastfed, I have to wonder. Do we really understand the benefit? Both of my children have had the milk from other women. Because it is that important to me. I am not a successful pumper, so I have had a friend and a family member pump their milk for my children. Side note: Just because I am not successful pumping, I have PLENTY of milk to feed my babies. I just can’t feed a pump. Don’t ever let your ability to pump determine your ability to breastfeed.

The United States incurs $13 billion in excess costs annually and suffers 911 preventable deaths per year because our breastfeeding rates fall far below medical recommendations,” the report said. Journal of Pediatrics

So, I breastfeed my babies until they are done. I didn’t “try” I did it. I refused to allow any formula in the house. When some came in the mail. I threw it into the trash, immediately.

Breastfeeding is the best source of nourishment for infants and young children and one of the most effective ways to ensure child health and survival. People who were breastfed as babies are less likely to be overweight or obese later in life. They may also be less prone to diabetes and perform better in intelligence tests; but globally only an estimated 38% of infants are exclusively breastfed for six months.
Nearly all mothers are physically able to breastfeed and will do so if they have accurate information and support,” said Dr Carmen Casanovas, breastfeeding expert with WHO’s Department of Nutrition for Health and Development.

Breast milk contains immunities to diseases and aids in the development of baby’s immune system. Formula provides neither of these benefits
Koutras, A.K., “Fecal Secretory Immunoglobulin A in Breast Milk vs. Formula Feeding in Early Infancy”. J. Ped Gastro Nutr 1989.
In keeping to the topic of building the immune system, I will just share this reference.101 Reason to Breastfeed Your Child
At this point in our lives Roman is 7 and Silas is 21 months. Neither have ever had an antibiotic, tylenol, or any OTC medicine. I may just be “lucky,” but I don’t think that is the case. I personally know several families having the same results.
If your children were born c-section and they were not breastfed let me encourage you, it’s not too late to strengthen and build up their immune systems. Starting with a nutritious diet, stop eating processed, denatured foods. Get them outside in the sun and play in the dirt. Getting a good night sleep is healing to the body. Choose whole food supplements; vitamins, minerals, and herbs all have a role in our home. Immune boosters, such as, colloidal silver, echinecea, oregano oil, elderberry syrup are all kept in my ‘health cabinet.’

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Comments on: "‘What I Am Going To Do For’…You Ask? Part 1" (4)

  1. Oh, sweet cousin… I love your no-nonsense approach. 🙂 You are slowly, but surely, winning me over to the dark side. 😉

    Okay, here’s my thing, I can’t overhaul my life and change it all right now. (I know myself, I’ll get overwhelmed, give up and go back to my old ways very quickly.) I am not currently pregnant, though we do hope to have more children (however, we’re not actively trying currently). My girls were born naturally, but were not breastfed. (As you already know) It is what it is. Both girls are healthy, rarely ever sick, have no allergies or constant medical issues. Good eaters, love fruits/veggies/meats/pretty much anything, but we do eat lots of processed food. What now?

    • I recommend that you pick one thing to remove from your habit of eating. Once you have mastered that one thing, pick another. One step at a time, little by little. Praying “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”

  2. Diana- I love your website! I have to admit that is all a bit overwhelming to me. I want to do more than I have been to correct some of the damage/diseases I am afflicted with, probably due at least in part, to a lifetime of poor food choices. But I don’t know how to start and since my dear husband, and love of my life, refuses to change his diet or even try new food choices, it would be just for me. It is sometimes difficult to consume fresh foods before they ruin. I have a fear of the fermented dairy items you make. It all goes against everything I’ve always been taught. Obviously, most of what I have learned, or just blind faith in our American food producers, who I now know are dictated by their profits, Don’t make healthy foods a priority at all. At age 59, where and how would you recommend I begin? There is so much information (great info.) to absorb that I can’t even imagine being able to understand it all. Do you have some sort of natural food prep schooling, because you sound like you could write books about it! I’m impressed with your knowledge and feel as though I failed my family in a big way by not knowing I even needed to know all this.
    HELP!
    Tess

    • Tess, You have already began. Just the little bit of time we spent chatting and the questions Lori has asked me on your behalf….you are actually both feet in already. 🙂
      The main funtction of the fermented dairy items we consume are for their probiotic benefit. While you are still adjusting your lifestyle you could supplelment. This is the brand I preferred I found them on ebay for a good price.
      Please don’t feel bad, that is not my intention. You keep reading, allow your beautiful grandchildren to learn from you. “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28
      I encourage you to continue to move forward, day by day, step by step, little by little. As The Lord reveals areas that need to be changed, change that area then move onto the next. I still have plenty to learn and I’ve did things that were beneficial during a season, but I would no longer make that choice. Thanks for reading my blog. My husband has been trying to get me to write a book for years, this is my compromise.

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