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Alexander Rinehart, DC, MS
Parsippany, NJ
Chiropractor, Nutritionist and the Founder of CoActive Health
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No problem Brenda, if I can be of any help to any nutrition topics let me know, in addition to chiropractic, my master's degree is in clinical nutrition so I'd be happy to give my 2 cents on common questions that women may have on specific issues whether its headaches, fibromyalgia, or even health issues like ADHD. Glad that others are spreading such good info!
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Our bodies have natural mechanisms for taking care of this stuff, but definitely not to the degree that we're exposed. We are constantly exposed to chemicals in our food, air, water, clothing, detergents, shampoos, make-ups, carpeting, processed food, fuel, exhaust, pesticides, herbicides....etc the list just goes on and on. We have 1000's and 1000's of chemicals that it's just impossible to test their effects on health. The concept of "detox" is much needed but has been taken over by the juice cleanses you see on the market and the numerous other products popping up on the shelves. Detoxing simply means committing yourself for 2-4 week period to eating as much as you want of the right stuff...drinking plenty of water, and supplementing with clinical supplements/herbs to boost the process.
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When you have cravings it's a reflection of nutritional need. For instance when you crave sugar, you really are craving Vitamin C which is used up when you're constantly making stress hormones. Also when you crave chocolate, you could really be craving magnesium which is very deficient in women (especially those with a history of birth control use) and can help in rest and relaxation. What happens after we binge in the snack aisle? Usually we regret the decision as the bloating and acid reflux set in. Not to mention the mental fog and fatigue that also occur, the lack of sleep from being wired, and the whole self-feeding cycle that comes with it! In your defense, Dark chocolate actually has a lot of health benefits, it's when mixed with dairy, sugar and saturated fat that causes problems. Try for 85% cocoa if you can!
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Exercising before and during pregnancy is just as important as dealing with the left over fat. Breastfeeding may also have a role to play and not enough mothers are breastfeeding exclusively for at least 6 months as is now widely recommended. There's a widely known story detailed through Lewis and Clark's journals of Sacajewea, a native american girl who was brought along with the crew by the request of a much needed translator. The kicker was, she was pregnant and ended up having the baby and hiked the thousands of miles with the baby on her back...not only did she do that but she ended up being vital to the success of their expedition. Now that's girl power...
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People are extremely resourceful with the options given to them. There is no doubt that there are limitations in our society that we have constructed that make it difficult to breastfeed and thank goodness that science has helped us understand all of the needs that babies need that are transferred from breastfeeding. I think people should definitely be aware that when they choose to formula feed and not breastfeed that it is clearly NOT an equal substitution and that there is much more to it than we have previously known. In fact, chemical signals in the baby's saliva have been shown to communicate to the mother and change the make-up of the milk based on the baby's'll never get that with a formula. By no means should we be judgmental towards women who mean the very best for their children but because of life circumstances are not able to breastfeed. On the same note though, I think policy-wise we need to make some black and white statements and draw some lines in the sand with regards to mobilizing and organizing some groups to make breastfeeding much easier for women even though the reality is swaths of grey.
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Yeah I think part of the self-help genre takes advantage of this urge in go-getters to have the edge, to learn more and to find that missing piece to their entrepreneurial puzzle. Without having a skill or performing actions, it is a lot of fluff without substance. But this is why I like people like Larry Winget, and Gary Vee who say it how is...recognize that hard work is hard work and that most success takes more than just a leveraged talent. Larry for instance loves speaking, hates traveling...but he loves speaking more than he hates traveling so he puts up with it and gets paid a lot of money to do it. We all would love to have the most popular blogs, but we're not willing to do the work that it takes to get there. We sure like reading about what it'd be like to do all the work to get us there though. I wrote a little review of my take after recently reading Godin's Linchpin over at my Tumblr account. Basically the book made me think about inertia and in order to become a so-called "linchpin" you gotta overcome the inertia of some activity (ever hear of a thing called procrastination?)...once things are rolling talent and so forth can carry you through...and a lot of time the very process itself is what's necessary for say Gladwell's 10,000 hours or in this case becoming a "linchpin".
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