This is another wonderful article written by Dr. Mitra Ray, a biochemist with a Ph.D. in cellular biology from Stanford University: Juice Plus+ and Pregnancy, Revisited Several readers write-in each month and inquire about pregnancy and Juice Plus+.... The questions range from, "Can I take Juice Plus+ and my prenatal vitamin?" to "What else do you recommend for a healthy, happy baby and a healthy, happy mother?" Having had two healthy pregnancies, I speak from first-hand experience. I have every reason to believe through the research and my own experience that Juice Plus+ is the "Mercedes Benz" of prenatals. In 10 years, I predict that every OBGYN will be recommending Juice Plus+ over prenatal supplementation. I have also had many friends with healthy "Juice Plus+ babies." Nutrition is so important for a healthy, happy baby -- not to mention a healthy, happy mother. We need to focus on getting sufficient amounts of the following: nutrients from fresh fruits and veggies essential fats filtered water lean, hormone-free protein salts (not table salt) Here is the regimen that I followed both times during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Don't be overwhelmed. It took a long time for me to develop this level of daily nutritional intake. Start slow and don't feel guilty about what you can't do. 1. Juice Plus+ capsules are a must. Take at least the recommended two fruits and two veggies. This was also the dosage that Doug Odom, M.D., OB/GYN used in his research, which is now being continued by the University of Mississippi in a formalized research program. I took three fruits and three veggies. When I travel or feel more stress, I have taken as many as six and six. And now, I highly recommend the new Juice Plus+Vineyard Blend as well. The JuicePlus+ Vineyard Blend was not available when I was pregnant, but I wish it had been. Pregnancy is a highly vascular process and the Vineyard Blend will further enhance the results seen with just the fruits and veggies blends. 2. I took no pre-natal vitamins or minerals. That part was easy. Although, the research from Dr. Odom, showing that taking Juice Plus+ reduces risk of preeclampsia, low birth weight and respiratory disorders, did include prenatal supplements (since it was the standard care at his clinic). If you feel that you want to take them as well, go ahead. I was satisfied that 2 capsules of each of just the fruits and veggies provided sufficient folic acid as well as thousands of nutrients that prenatal supplements do not have. But, as an expectant mother you should support your own psychology of feeling well. Even if it is a placebo effect, I think it is still important. 3. Drink a minimum of two liters of filtered water a day. 4. I take two fish-oil supplements at least every other day. Brands that are good are Spectrum and Nordic Naturals. 5. At least 4-5 times a week, I make a shake that has: 1 serving of Juice Plus+ Complete 1 serving of protein powder (I use a variety of sources for protein powders like high-quality, triple-filtered whey, rice protein, and egg protein) ½ tsp. of organic golden flaxseeds ½ tsp. of soy-lecithin (I keep a bag in the freezer with soy-lecithin and organic golden flax seeds pre-combined in 1:1 parts) 2-3 servings of fruit (1/2 cup blueberries, pineapple with core, etc.) 1 tablespoon of organic, cold high-lignan flaxseed oil Add filtered water to desired consistency Mix thoroughly in a blender or Vita-mixer 6. Eat at least 5 vegetables a day, preferably raw, in a salad. 7. Generously use whole, living seasalt, as opposed to processed table salt, to enhance the flavor of your food and to replenish body salts and minerals. 8. Walk briskly 3-5 times a week for 30-60 minutes. 9. Practice pre-natal yoga 3-5 times a week (I prefer Kundalini yoga during pregnancy and Hatha yoga for recovery). I have had two very healthy natural childbirths. My children, Leela and Nira, are now almost seven and five years old. They have had no ear infections or other, now common symptoms of childhood. During flu season, if they do catch anything from their friends at school, it seems to pass more quickly, if they get anything at all. I started introducing Juice Plus+ into their diet once they started solid food. I simply opened one capsule and sprinkled part of it into their meals (1/3 capsule per 10 lbs. of body weight). Teaching them to drink water is a constant activity and very important so that the dry powders do not add to the common problem kids have with staying hydrated once they stop drinking mostly breast milk as their main source of nutrition. I also started adding goat milk, flaxseed oil, and fish oils to their diet once they stopped breastfeeding.
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