In the third trimester of pregnancy, you’re entering the last stage of pregnancy and the birth of your baby is getting close. While many of your baby’s organs have now developed, a number of nutrients remain important for these last three months for the optimal growth of your baby, as well as to help prevent complications during and after labour. Nutrient Why It’s Important Probiotics Probiotics are beneficial during each trimester. One of the most significant is Lactobacillus rhamnosus (LGG). When taken at a dose of 20 billion live bacteria each day, LGG has been shown to support healthy immune development in infants...

During pregnancy, hormonal changes suppress a woman’s immune system and can make her more susceptible to infections. Pregnant women are routinely warned about Listeriosis, an infection caused by the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes (Listeria). Listeria occurs naturally in the environment; however, some foods do carry a greater risk of contamination. While infection is uncommon, if this occurs during pregnancy, there is a high risk that it will be transmitted to your unborn child, which can lead to an increased risk of miscarriage, still birth or premature birth. You can reduce your risk of contracting this infection during pregnancy by taking simple food...

When your infant is approximately 6 months old they will start to give you signs they are interested in food and ready to move to solids.  They may display this new found interest by either watching what you eat, trying to grab your food or they are hungrier in between their milk feeds, especially if they want extra at night. Weaning Tips for Healthy Baby ✅ In the first couple of weeks it’s a good idea to give them their first foods after they have either been breast or bottle fed and not tired or grumpy.  ✅ Dilute their puree with either breast...

Berries are among the healthiest foods you can eat. They’re delicious, nutritious, and provide a number of impressive health benefits. Berries taste great, are highly nutritious, and provide many health benefits, including for your heart and skin. By including them in your diet on a regular basis, you can improve your overall health in a very enjoyable way. ✅ Berries are high in antioxidants like anthocyanins, which may protect your cells from free radical damage. ✅ Berries may improve blood sugar and insulin response when consumed with high-carb foods or included in smoothies. ✅ Berries contain fiber, which may increase feelings of...

Building healthy bones in childhood is extremely important. Minerals are incorporated into your child's bones during childhood, adolescence and early adulthood. Once they are around 30 years of age, your child will have achieved peak bone mass. In this timeframe, If not enough bone mass is created or bone loss occurs later in life, your child may have an increased risk of developing fragile bones that break easily. Fortunately, there are many nutrition and lifestyle habits that can help build and maintain strong bones — and it’s never too early to start. How to build healthy bones for healthy children Eat...

Fat-soluble vitamins dissolve in fats and oils.  They are abundant in high fat foods and are more easily absorbed into the bloodstream when they are eaten with fat.  Examples of healthy dietary fat includes cheese, eggs, fatty fish, nuts, avocados, extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil and full-fat yoghurt. Health Benefits of Vitamin E for children's natural health A key vitamin for building a strong immune system to help fight infections.  Vitamin E also keeps the blood vessels wide open so that blood can freely deliver oxygen and nutrients throughout the body.  Vitamin E is essential for healthy skin and eyes, it’s a...

Fat-soluble vitamins dissolve in fats and oils.  They are abundant in high fat foods and are more easily absorbed into the bloodstream when they are eaten with fat.  Examples of healthy dietary fat includes cheese, eggs, fatty fish, nuts, avocados, extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil and full-fat yoghurt.   Health Benefits of Vitamin A for optimal children's health Vitamin A is required to build new bone during periods of growth and for strong healthy teeth.  It’s also necessary for skin health and wound healing; it stimulates the growth of healthy skin including healthy mucous membranes that line the nose, eyes, respiratory system...

Fat-soluble vitamins dissolve in fats and oils.  They are abundant in high fat foods and are more easily absorbed into the bloodstream when they are eaten with fat.  Examples of healthy dietary fat includes cheese, eggs, fatty fish, nuts, avocados, extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil and full-fat yoghurt. Health Benefits of Vitamin D For Healthy Children This vitamin has multiple roles in the body including supporting the health of the immune system to protect against illness and disease (especially auto-immune conditions).  Vitamin D maintains the health of growing bones and teeth by aiding the absorption of calcium and phosphorus.  It supports...

Fat-soluble vitamins dissolve in fats and oils.  They are abundant in high fat foods and are more easily absorbed into the bloodstream when they are eaten with fat.  Examples of healthy dietary fat includes cheese, eggs, fatty fish, nuts, avocados, extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil and full-fat yoghurt.   Health Benefits of Vitamin K for Optimal Children's Health Vitamin K plays an important role in blood clotting to prevent excessive bleeding after injury.  It is also helpful for bone health and helps to build stronger and denser bones to reduce the risk of fractures.  Vitamin K is required as an important adjunct...

DHA during pregnancy enhancing infant neural development/cognitive function Aside from being a major structural lipid of the brain, studies have demonstrated that DHA enhances brain development. In a double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomised trial, pregnant women consumed 300 mg DHA 5 times a week (n=14) or placebo (n=15) from 24 weeks of gestation until delivery. Tests of problem solving and recognition memory were administered to infants at 9 months of age. Treatment had significant effects on the performance of problem-solving tasks   A double-blind randomised placebo-controlled trial of the effect of high potency DHA fish oil during pregnancy has found beneficial effects for cognitive development, particularly eye-hand...

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