This week I received a lot of questions about nutrition from mothers, and wanted to share them with you.
Recently I noticed a lot of activity on Facebook ‘mommy groups’, moms are reaching to one another for help in an attempt to learn from each other, which is great! Keep the questions coming, I love interacting with you!
A question from Sivan:
“Hi Dorit, can you please give me an advice on how to lower a fever in an adult without drugs? Also, the doctor prescribed me with antibiotics for inflamed tonsils, how can I lower inflammation and heal them without taking drugs? Thanks for your help, Sivan”
Hi Sivan, the answer is quite simple, do nothing. Our body knows how to heal itself without external interventions, so unless you are having fever seizures (a.k.a convulsions), or severe dehydration, there is nothing you need to do, other than rest in bed and keep yourself hydrated. With regards to the inflamed tonsils, avoid dairy and wheat products completely. Wheat and dairy are acidic foods that raise the inflammatory response in the body and therefore need to be eliminated. While being sick our bodies are usually not hungry, so it’s ok not to eat, in fact that’s is the best thing you can do for your body – give your digestive system some slack, fast for a day or two.
Here’s a recipe for an anti-inflammatory tonic:
1 lemon, squeezed
1 inch raw ginger, grated
1 tbsp raw honey
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
Blend everything and drink throughout the day. All the above ingredients are anti-inflammatory, and will help you heal faster.
Hope that helps! Good luck and feel better soon!
Question from Yaarit
“Hi Dorit, is “Silk Almond Unsweetened Milk” OK?”
It has some not-so-good ingredients (like carrageenan), but if you rotate it with other milks, it should be fine. We talked about the idea of rotating foods in our workshop, which increases the probability of exposing our family members to more nutrients from different sources. Try almond milk one week, coconut milk the other, hemp milk, quinoa milk, rice milk, hazelnut milk… there are so many different kinds. Don’t stick to one brand or nut type, rotation would be the best thing to do.
Question from Noa
“I wanted to ask you if you have any information that i can use about vitamin supplements. I feel VERY tired lately and I’m sure it has to do with lack of something in my body. It usually happens to me in the winter, thought of vitamin D but not sure how much i should take. TIA!”
So you are basically having issues related to lack of energy, correct? Supplements are tricky, and its hard to recommend something that would work for everyone. Tell you what, let’s try something with food first, and if you are still feeling tired I recommend to get together and go over what’s going on inside your body. But for now, try increasing greens like lettuce, kale, swiss chard, celery, cilantro, coriander, etc. The best thing would be to juice your choice of three greens, with one green apple and one carrot. Drink this juice in the morning with your breakfast and if you can also during dinner time. Try this for two weeks and if you don’t see any changes message me again and we’ll schedule a nutritional counseling session (will need two hours of your time). Let me know if you are having any other questions, and feel free to update me on your progress! It is my job to coach more healthier moms who raise healthy kids
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4 thoughts on “You ask, I answer – Weekly Q & A”
Hi Dorit, thank you for the opportunity to ask questions. I have a question related to probiotics. My daughter is 6 months old and I am looking for a good quality probiotic for her. What do you recommend?
Hi Danielle, that’s a great question! First of all, I’m glad you are even looking for a probiotic for your baby. The brand which I recommend for babies 0-12 months is Biogia (you can get it at any pharmacy without a prescription). I’m curious as to why you are giving your baby a probiotic?
Thanks for sharing other mom’s questions, I have so many health challenges and I am only in my mid thirties! My worst enemy are bad habits, which I guess i’ve picked up from my parent’s home. I keep reading online and in health magazines that drinking water first thing in the morning is very good for you. Why is it good? and do you have tips on how on how to actually stick to this habit? Thanks so much!! Love what you do!
Hi Lori, thanks for the wonderful question! Yes drinking water first thing in the morning is very healing to the body (especially when you are drinking warm water, mixed with a little bit of fresh lemon juice), it ignites the digestive system and stimulates digestive juices to flow. Think about it, your digestive system is in a process of fasting during the night and therefore towards the morning all digestive organs are relaxed and dormant. Dumping solid food first thing in the morning is like starting the car in the morning and drive right away, instead we are advised to start the car and let it warm up a little before the drive. We should be kind to our bodies as we are to our cars. So warm water first, solid food is 20 minutes later. With regards to developing the habit – it is proven that for something to turn into a habit you need to do that activity consistently for 30 days, and this is true with regards to your health as well. First you have to decide that it is important for you and that you want to change your lifestyle, and then follow it for 30 days straight, no matter what! Try it for a month and let me know how it goes, I would love to cheer on you during the process! Good luck 🙂
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