Bovine Colostrum and Humans…

Colostrum is the milk-like substance produced by cows within the first five days or so after giving birth. It provides antibodies and important microbes to the newborn along with an abundance of proteins, fats, glycans, minerals and vitamins. Colostrum can be taken in pill or power form. Research is concentrating on what benefits it can have on gut health. In a trial involving 160 children with severe diarrhea, after two weeks of taking colostrum, their symptoms were relieved. Some positive results are being shown for people with colitis, and those with H.I.V./AIDS. Some speculation is that it can make the gut less permeable helping with digestive issues. In another study of 445 participants, colostrum reduced upper respiratory infections which might suggest regeneration of mucus membranes. Although there have been some positive results in children, it is not certain what colostrum will do to the immune system of adults. Most of these studies has been done by researchers connected to colostrum supplement companies so more unbiased research has to be conducted. There is also the question of-if colostrum is collected after 3 days and then put through a purification process are some benefits lost? However, hope is that it will provide help with children with digestive issues and even possibly autism.

https://academic.oup.com/tropej/article/66/1/46/5511643

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1756464622003863

Make Kids a Part of your Workout…

Parents with young children may find it difficult to exercise. Children have needs that have to be met. Instead of forgoing exercise it may be better to include children in your workout. Research is showing that children with active parents are more likely to be active. First it is necessary to let go of what was previously considered an “ideal workout”. Jumping and climbing can be extremely aerobic if done together. If it is floor exercises, work as partners. If the child gets bored make him or her your personal trainer in which he has to count how many reps you are doing. Children love a position of responsibility and authority. Make music a part of the workout. Speed up when certain phrases are sung. Into running? Have you child pace you as he or she rides a bike alongside of you. Make use of playgrounds. Whatever apparatus (ex. monkey bars) is there for a child can also work for an adult. Create a dance routine from YouTube videos. Children have a great deal of energy, and they should. So instead of play dates with other children make a play date with your own child. It may even make you feel like a child again.

https://www.baby-chick.com/incorporate-the-kids-into-your-workout-routine/

So much Information…

These is so much emphasis on losing weight instead of eating healthy as a means of maintaining a healthy weight. Fad diets come and go with the Mediterranean diet still holding up as a balanced way of consuming food for some cultures. Here are some helpful tips that most health experts agree on. 1)  Eating a healthy breakfast that contains some protein, fat and fiber will fuel you for the day and stave off hunger. 2) If you are not a fan of green vegetables, try blending them with fruit in a smoothie. This will not strip them of their vitamins, minerals and fiber.  3) Cottage Cheese has been around forever. It was popular and is popular again. Cottage cheese has a great amount of calcium, selenium and protein. Can’t handle it. Try it with a small amount of maple syrup. I prefer- Friendship “1% California style whipped” easy to find. Finally, love coffee? Having a cup of coffee on an empty stomach will not destroy your gastric lining. One thing to remember- if you do not like a certain food, you shouldn’t eat it because you feel you should. There is always another option.

What about Green Peas?

Where do green peas fit in? Are they considered a starch like root vegetables, or do they fall into the green vegetable category? Many people shy away from peas because they consider them too starchy and high in calories. Although they are higher in calories than most green vegetables, they are a nutritionally dense food packed with vitamins. A cup of peas packs about 9 grams of protein, fiber, and a substantial amount of Vitamin K (the blood clotting vitamin). The list also includes thiamine, folate, B6, iron, magnesium, and zinc. If you are unable to purchase fresh peas, frozen peas are blanched in hot water when they are fresh, so they maintain a lot of the beneficial nutrients. A favorite of mine is peas, sauteed garlic, mushrooms, and then adding them to broccoli rabe, or combining them with Quinoa for a protein rich side dish. Pea soup and pea hummus are also some interesting options. Peas are an easy side dish to fall back on and can also add a level of sweetness to any meal.

Green pea hummus:https://searchingforspice.com/green-pea-hummus-healthy-vegan-dip/