Cows milk has little iron and may contribute to anemia

Earlier this week, I mentioned that chewing on ice chips may be a sign of anemia while trying to soothe the tongue.

Having a diet too high in milk products may also contribute to anemia because these products are low in iron.

Cows milk may also irritate the intestinal tract and cause small amounts of blood to be lost which further contributes to anemia.

for more information on anemia- http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/understanding-anemia-basics

Vitamin D Deficiency

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Today someone asked me how to know if someone is deficient in Vitamin D before they have symptoms.

The best way to tell is by a lab test.

Vitamin D is in many foods we eat and we convert D to D2 from exposure to sunlight. With shorter days and less exposure this may be a problem.

Sypmtoms of D deficiency include sleep problems, fatigue and low energy levels

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With people spending less time outdoors as the days get shorter, Vitamin D deficiency is more of a concern since sunlight is one of the ways that we get vitamin d thru the skins exposure to sun.

The daily recommendation for adults is at least 400 Units of D3 and 1200 mg of.calciumimages[7]

If you have any of the above symptoms- such as fatigue, low energy, depression, muscle weakness and sleep problems, ask your doctor to be tested.

Eating Ice chips may be a sign of iron deficiency Anemia

Tip of the week:

Eating ice chips may be a sign of iron deficiency anemia.

When you are iron deficiency
your tongue burns and is soothed by sucking on ice chips.

If you find yourself chewing on ice- consider having a blood test for anemia

Jelly Beans and Dr Martin Fried, Nutritionist

Can jelly beans be part of a healthy diet?

The answer is yes….if eaten in portion control and mindfully. By the way- Jelly Bellies are kosher, and gluten free and only 4 calories per serving.

See the video above for more ….

With Halloween coming up and candy for trick or treat, children can have candy, in portion control over a period of time.

Try  not to use food as a reward

 

Probiotics evidence of usefullness in infants and children

1) Early in diarrhea from a viral illness, probiotics can reduce diarrheal symptoms by one day

2) Probiotics cab be effective in preventing antibiotic associated diarrhea in healthy children

3) Probiotics have been found to be safe in infant formulas and foods marketed for children.

4) Probiotics in human milk, can reduce common infections and eczyma in healthy children

Florida Gator Humor

While sports fishing off the Florida coast, a tourist capsized his boat. He could swim, but his fear of alligators kept him clinging to the overturned craft. Spotting an old beachcomber standing on the shore, the tourist shouted, “Are there any gators around here?”

“Naw,” the man hollered back, “they ain’t been around for years!”

Feeling safe, the tourist started swimming leisurely toward the shore.

About halfway there he asked the guy, “How’d you get rid of the gators?”

“We didn’t do nothing,'” the beachcomber said.

“Wow,” said the tourist.

The beachcomber added, “The sharks got ‘em.”

Lactobacillus, Acidophilus and Probiotics

Tip of the day:

Lactobacillus ( acidophilus, ) and other probiotics cand be effective in preventing diarrhea while taking antibiotics

some of the potential side effects might include gas. People with poor immune function should check with their doctors first.