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Probiotics: The Gut-Brain Connection

Probiotics: The Gut-Brain Connection

Do you trust your gut? Have you been told you have good gut instincts? How about a gut feeling? As common as these expressions are, the time has come to think about these phrases more literally.  A growing body of research continues to show the importance of a healthy gut, even calling your gut a “second brain.” The power of the gut-brain connection is so strong that the two “brains” essentially talk to each other. The two signal to each other through multiple neuro and endocrine signal mechanisms. Evidence shows that changes to the health of the microbiome in the...

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Why is iron important?

Why is iron important?

Iron is essential for our bodies, yet low iron is one of the most common nutritional deficiencies. Low iron levels can leave you feeling physically tired and weak, impair mental function, and weaken your immune system.  

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When to Start Taking Prenatal Vitamins: Good Habits Start Early

When to Start Taking Prenatal Vitamins: Good Habits Start Early

Children change the way we look at things in so many ways. The very idea of getting pregnant begins to adjust your focus. Suddenly your nutritional needs matter more than ever as you consider how to best support your fertility goals. You know that every lifestage requires specific nutrition, but when do you make that transition to taking prenatal vitamins? The short answer is as soon as you begin to think about trying.   Start Strong You want to go into this life stage as consciously as possible. By focusing on wellness first, you can improve the entire journey. It’s...

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Advantages of Oxygen

Advantages of Oxygen

  Oxygenating the brain well promotes brain healing and optimal brain function. This requires a critical balance of:  Correct breathing for oxygenation Correct carbon dioxide and nitric oxide levels for circulation A program of brain activities or exercises for growth stimulation  The brain uses about three times as much oxygen as muscles in the body do. Brain cells are very sensitive to decreases in oxygen levels and don’t survive or function well very long without it. Breathing through our noses, with our mouth closed, and using belly breathing, or diaphragmatic breathing allows us to get the proper amount of oxygen that...

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Mama Bird Prenatal Line 2020

Mama Bird Prenatal Line 2020

Prenatal vitamins are literally a “once-in-a-lifetime” chance to provide your future children with their best opportunity to thrive. Prenatal vitamins are for you, your baby and your grandchildren. Excellent nutritional support affects generations to come. That is why we take prenatal vitamins seriously. We invest significant research into crafting our formulations. When you choose Best Nest Wellness, you can rest assured knowing that you’ve made the absolute best choice for your prenatal care. The Mama Bird Prenatal Multi+ line was designed by Best Nest Wellness to provide a comprehensive prenatal formula with a unique blend of amino acids, chelated minerals,...

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What vitamins to take postpartum?

What vitamins to take postpartum?

Prenatal vitamins? You were on top of those. But, postnatal vitamins? Many women don’t think to change to them or discontinue use of natal vitamins at this oh-so important time. Now that your baby is born, your body is in need of some different nutrients. These provide benefits like post-pregnancy support, immune support, and lactation support for you and your baby. When starting your postnatal journey, look for supplements that include these ingredients:  Folate Since mothers are no longer supporting the baby in the womb, their bodies no longer need the higher amounts of methylfolate needed for their baby's neurodevelopment...

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Sleep impacts your immunity

Sleep impacts your immunity

Your sleeping habits directly affect your wellness.  When it comes to your immune system, sleep is one of the drivers of your immune cells (1, 2). With sleep, your body’s melatonin levels rise. With your melatonin, your growth peptides are released. And these put your immune cells to work.   Good sleep leads to empowered immune cells.    4 ways to improve your snooze  Same time, every dayDon’t give in to the temptation to stay up or sleep in super late. The more consistent you are, the better. Reduce blue lightSet a screen time cut-off. Research shows exposure to blue light...

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Water and Brain Function

Water and Brain Function

Start With Hydration Brain cells need two times more energy than other cells in the body. Water provides this energy more effectively than any other substance. Water is also needed for the brain's production of hormones and neurotransmitters. Nerve transmission requires one-half of all the brain’s energy (1). Studies have shown that if you are only 1% dehydrated, you will likely have a 5% decrease in cognitive function. If your brain drops 2% in body water, you may suffer from fuzzy short-term memory, experience problems with focusing, and have trouble with math. When your brain is functioning on a full reserve of...

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