In honor of empowered conscious moms and moms to be, we want to share some practical self-care knowledge on this Mother's Day. Our Mama Cares List includes the latest on childbirthing, breastfeeding for natural immunity, getting toxins out of your home, choosing the right food and water, vaccine safety and setting mindfulness practices. And of course we want to inspire you to practice self-care. Because if Mama practices self-care, children learn healthy habits for lifelong wellbeing.
01. THE RISE OF THE DOULA & NATURAL CHILDBIRTH
Doula culture is having a moment among millennial moms rejecting the traditional norms of motherhood. “People are realizing they can optimize their birth experience. That there is a way to have—not only more community around their experience, especially as families are spread out and there isn’t this passing down of wisdom—people are looking for education, expertise, and the community component.”
02. BREASTFEEDING IS BEAUTIFUL AND GOOD FOR LITTLE GUTS
We now recognize more and more that factors in breast milk influence the gut microbiota, which in turn sets up the immune system to have fewer chronic illnesses later in life.
And here's a beautiful story about breastfeeding from a blogger mom at Motherhood Rising.
03. VACCINE SAFETY. IT'S A CONVERSATION STILL WORTH HAVING. GET INFORMED.
Healist co-founder Camilla Griggers, PhD interviews Brandy Vaughn, founder of LearnTheRisk.org, on vaccine safety. Hear her story as a mom who chose to speak out against following the CDC vaccine schedule without due diligence to learn the risk..
04. THE MYSTERIOUS CAUSE OF PEANUT ALLERGIES REVEALED
From 1997-2002, the incidence of peanut allergy doubled. In the last thirteen year, it has quadrupled. In the last fifteen years, there has been a 50% increase in the number of children with food allergies. Why? Turns out peanuts are being grown in soil treated with glyphosate, an inflammatory chemical.
05. CHOOSE A NO-DRILL, NO-FILL, MERCURY-FREE DENTIST
Before you take your child to a dentist for the first time, or go in for another check-up or cavity treatment, read our guide to a new kind of dentistry based on the mouthbody connection. The dentist you choose is one of the most important decisions you'll make for your and your family's lifelong health.
06. GET YOUR FAMILY TO DRINK UP WITH THE RIGHT WATER FILTER
Get an overview of chemicals in tap water and a breakdown on the filtering products available. Get a filter for your shower head or bath too; waterborne toxins in a hot shower or bath pass through the skin directly into the bloodstream.
07. DETOX YOUR HOME: ELIMINATE CANCER-CAUSING TOXINS
Just because your home is clean, doesn’t mean its free of toxins. In order to create a truly healthy, cancer-free space, you need to consciously detox your home of not-so-obvious synthetic chemicals that are often lurking throughout your house.
08. ACCEPT RAGING TEENAGE HORMONES & IMPULSIVE BEHAVIOR
Teens are often portrayed as stews of hormones and impulse; but the decisions they make are often deeply rational and deserving of greater consideration.
09. CREATE MINDFULNESS FOR KIDS WITH MUSIC
For kids of all ages... this playlist soothes, de-stresses, relaxes and deepens sleep for expanding bodyminds.