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How important is good hydration? Mar 10 2008 2:53 PM

by lucy

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pregnanthydration.jpgSo important in fact, that our recent article on keeping hydrated with Glow Mama was posted on the American Pregnancy Association website.  Here's what our resident pre and post natal nutrition expert Julie says...

Good hydration is extremely important for a healthy pregnancy and postpartum period. Water flushes waste products from the cells and aids in liver and kidney function for both mom and the baby. During pregnancy, water is also needed for the body's expansion as mom's blood volume increases significantly. Insufficient water intake can be a factor in constipation, preterm labor, and miscarriage, and even slight dehydration can cause or contribute to fatigue. Proper hydration is also important for adequate breast milk production and flow.

Most women know about the need for proper hydration during pregnancy, but many do not get adequate fluid intake. Some women do not like drinking water; others say they are not generally thirsty. Additionally, women are often unaware that some beverages are actually dehydrating.

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Fabulous Folic and Fantastic Fiber – how far we've come Feb 21 2008 8:23 AM

by Glow Mama

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ld be consuming at least 400mg of folic acid before pregnancy, made folicandfiber.jpgscarier by the stat that 50% of American pregnancies are unplanned. 

What are they doing about it? - launching a new "folic acid for a healthy pregnancy" seal for bread products that have over 40mg of folic acid. 

What are we doing about it?  - continuing to be champions for pregnancy and women's general wellness education... and telling everyone that each bottle of Glow Mama has 100mg of folic acid. 

It also wasn't until ten years ago that the first official health claim was approved - that oat fiber, as part of a heart-healthy diet can reduce the risk of heart disease.   A recent review published in the American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine has verified that the fiber in oats lowers both total and LDL cholesterol, and that the phenols they contain have antioxidant properties.  While Glow Mama doesn't contain fiber derived from oats (can you imagine what that would be like to drink?)  it does contain lots of natural fiber derived from veggies - 4grams of it per bottle to be exact.  That's 16% of your daily recommended fiber intake, or the equivalent to eating a bowl of porridge. 


Kiwis - the facts on the fuzzy brown fruit Feb 17 2008 2:38 PM

by lucy

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t.  So here are some of the facts, straight from the California Kiwifruit Commission.  

Check out the folic acid, fiber and vitamin C levels in particular - great for us moms and moms-to-be!

 

 

Did you know kiwifruit has the highest level of Vitamin C? Kiwifruit has almost twice the Vitamin C of an orange. A serving of kiwifruit (two medium) provides about 230% of the U.S. Recommended Daily Allowance. Vitamin C aids in wound healing, iron absorption and maintains bones, blood vessels and teeth.

Did you know kiwifruit outranks bananas as the top low-sodium, high potassium fruit? A serving of kiwifruit contains an average of 20% more potassium than a banana. Potassium is an important mineral that controls heart activity and works with sodium to maintain fluid balance in the body.

Did you know kiwifruit is a good low-fat source of Vitamin E? A serving of kiwifruit has some 10% of the U.S. Recommended Daily Allowance. Kiwifruit actually has twice the Vitamin E of an avocado, but has only 60% of the avocado's calories. Vitamin E is a potent antioxidant and may reduce the risk of heart disease and some forms of cancer.

Did you know there are few foods equal to kiwifruit in folic acid? Kiwifruit provides 10% of the U.S. Recommended Daily Allowance of folic acid, or folate. Folic acid is essential to the reproduction and formation of red blood cells. Lack of folic acid can contribute to some problems of anemia and it is especially important for expectant mothers to protect against birth defects.

Did you know kiwifruit is especially rich in lutein? Kiwifruit ranked higher than spinach and all other fruits and vegetables, except yellow corn, for its lutein content. Lutein is aniStock_000003027558XSmall.jpg antioxidant that may decrease the risk of advanced age-related macular degeneration.

Did you know kiwifruit is an excellent source of dietary fiber? Kiwifruit provides both soluble and insoluble forms of fiber (16% USRDA), providing more than a serving of bran flakes and four times that of a cup of chopped celery. Soluble fiber appears to play a protective role in heart disease and diabetes, while insoluble fiber aids in prevention of constipation, diverticulosis, hemorrhoids and some forms of cancer.

Did you know all the other rich minerals that are in kiwifruit? Besides potassium, there are four minerals contained in kiwifruit which have a nutrient density of one or more. These are: calcium (RDA of 5.5%); Iron (RDA, 4%); Magnesium (RDA, 6%) and Copper (RDA, 8%). In addition, kiwifruit is an unusual supplier of some new researched trace minerals including Manganese, essential to the enzymes involved in the body's use of protein and food energy, and Chromium, known to be a key factor in regulating the heartbeat and the body's use of carbohydrates.

Did you know kiwifruit promotes heart health? Enjoying just a couple of kiwifruit each day can significantly lower your risk for blood clots (platelet aggregation reduction 18%) and reduce the amount of fats (15% reduction of triglycerides) in your blood.

Did you know kiwifruit protects against Cancer and aids in DNA repair? Eating kiwifruit daily can provide substantial protection against DNA damage that can trigger cancer and, more significantly, greatly speeds the repair of DNA damage.

Did you know kiwifruit is the most nutrient dense fruit? A study conducted by Dr. Paul Lachance of Rutgers University evaluated the nutritional value of fruits to determine-ounce for ounce-which provide the most nutrition. The study found that out of the 27 most commonly consumed fruits; kiwifruit is the most nutrient dense.

California Kiwifruit Commission


What makes you glow? Jan 29 2008 9:30 AM

by Glow Mama

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keep adding to our list, but so far we have:facial.jpg

  • A sleeping baby (especially our own)
  • Random but sincere compliments
  • Great facials
  • Bakesale Betty's banana bread
  • The knowledge that you married the right person

 

 


Glow Mama's Blogher.com Giveaway! Jan 29 2008 8:46 AM

by lucy

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up in the Blogher.com Fabulous Deals newsletter. Feel free to enter...

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Are you a woman looking for glowier skin and a healthier bod? Look no further than this drink created by a woman for women: Glow Mama. Glow Mama is a natural juice beverage made especially for you. With the crisp invigorating taste of kiwi (one of earth's most nutrient-rich fruits), Glow Mama keeps you happy, healthy, and hydrated so you can nourish your inner glow. And, it's just 70 calories. The woman behind Glow Mama has generously offered to ship a case of Glow Mama to one lucky BlogHer! For a chance to win simply send an email to freestuffandfabdeals (at) gmail.com with the word "GLOW" in the subject line. Please make sure it's a working email so we can contact you if you've won. Winners are chosen at random. Good luck!


Caffeine and Conception Jan 22 2008 9:34 AM

by lucy

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the risk of miscarriage!    

But how much is 200mg of caffeine?   Well, here's the caffeine levels in some common drinks (and other things we consume)...       

  • Starbucks "tall" coffee                                     240mg
  • 2 Excedrin extra strength tablets                     130mg
  • Can of Redbull                                                  76mg
  • 8oz cup of black tea                                         47mg
  • Can of Diet Coke                                               47mg
  • Hersey's chocolate bar (1.5oz)                         9mg
  • 12oz bottle of Glow Mama                                0mg

The short lived fix/buzz definitely doesn't seem worth the risk to me.   That's why Glow Mama has 0mg of caffeine per bottle. 

Any good tips for those looking to quit the caffeine?

Link to the Jan 21st NPR article.


Reusing our Glow Mama bottles Jan 20 2008 7:00 PM

by lucy

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Lets start at the simple end of the creativity scale - around the house.  Here is a picture of my little guy with his new bath accessory.  I'm sure he's not going to be happy when he discovers that his mommy plastered naked photos of him all over the internet - all for a good cause buddy! 

bowling.gifIf you're like me and you find that your flashy, colorful, expensive toys always seem to get abandoned for the phone, keys and remote control, then why not try imaginative new Glow Mama toys... rattles, instruments, even bowling!   The My Education Junction blog has some cool suggestions for bigger kids. 

Back in adult for a minute, there are the desk accessories, garden and garage storage suggestions and even plenty of ideas for the fridge/freezer.  Why not fill empty bottles with the salad dressings or sauces you make from scratch or buy in bulk?  Just be sure to rinse it well first, unless of course you are looking for a bit of kiwi flavoring.  Freeze some water in an empty bottle (don't fill it to the top) and use it in your cooler or lunch bag instead of a chill-pak.  Ok, that one might not be that appropriate for another couple of months. 

Rachel from MN wrote to me with a great suggestion... "After I've finished drinking it, my husband rubs my Glow Mama bottle up and down my aching back and legs.  There's something about me being 8 ½ months pregnant that has turned my husband into a sweet heart." 

Then there are the extreme measures for reusing your PET drink bottles.  Check out these two boats made from old water bottles.  Anyone up for a Glow Mama canoe?

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Tips for Starting a New Mommies Group Jan 08 2008 4:56 PM

by lucy

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">1.       Invite babies of a similar age to your own. 

This is really more for your sanity than any developmental reason.  Firstly, having a toddler rip every precious ornament off your shelves while your baby is still lying on a blanket is both distracting and a scary reminder of your upcoming baby proofing work.  Secondly, you need sympathetic ears right now.  We all get a bit wiser and calmer as our babies grow into toddlers, so trying to discuss the scary intricacies of first food with a mom of a three year old won?t be that satisfying. 

2.       Invite mommies you like. 

This might sound fairly obvious, but why not grab the last few months of you before life turns into being all about your lovely offspring.  Organizing play dates with children that your child likes will come soon enough.  This is your time. 

3.       Be flexible. momswalking.jpg

Not only do you have ever-changing nap times to contend with, but moms often go back to work or school, or go on vacation.   Going to the baby signing/music/yoga/massage classes together or meeting up for a walk can also be a fun way to still get together and get the support while trying something new. 

4.       Set the boundaries early. 

Whether its rotating around each others? houses, the simplicity of the host?s nibbles, or the courtesy of rsvp-ing each week?whatever is important to you (all), better to get it out on the table early.   One important issue to figure out early is toy sharing.  Are you comfortable with your toys (and pacifiers and sippy cups) being in every other baby?s mouth or would you rather they brought their own?

5.       Give the mommies some refreshments. 

Whether still nursing or not, motherhood is hard work.  If they?ve managed to get out of the house with the multitude of gear, accessories, clothes (and the baby), and arrived at your place relatively on time, they deserve a reward.  Unless moms are trying to lose the pounds, chocolate cookies always work well.  No one will expect homemade (at least they shouldn?t).  Drinks are a must too, although glasses are a hazard around babies (for their and your carpet?s sake).   A chilled bottle of Glow Mama for everyone is quick, easy, and nutritious.

6.       Pre-tidy the house. 

babyfeet.jpgUnless you?re superwoman, or have help, you?ll have to tidy the house a bit before people arrive.  Especially the floors as that?s where everyone?s attention is drawn to with babies.  If you don?t have time to vacuum at least but down some blankets for the babies to roll, crawl and spit up onto. 

7.       Get a pedicure or some nice socks. 

Speaking of floors and how that?s where everyone is constantly looking? don?t forget that shoes often come off around rolling and crawling babies and no one wants to see ugly toes. 

8.       Be open, frank and honest. 

There really is nothing more intimate or gory than the birthing story, and yet we all love to tell our version in lengthy detail.  After hearing about each other?s procedures, pain and plans, there really shouldn?t be anything you can?t discuss (behind closed doors).  This is the place to get the real answers on nursing pain, sleep deprivation and rekindling things in the bedroom.

9.       Try to cut out the competition.  

Easier said than done, but really, Motherhood is not a competitive sport in the Olympics.  These days a lot of moms are used to a world of climbing on each other and stabbing each other in the back to get ahead - and that?s hard to leave behind for a few months/years.  Remember though, the point of a mommies group is to leave less isolated and exhausted than had you stayed at home.   Babies really do sleep, eat and develop at their own rates.

10.   Get out occasionally without the babies. 

There?s nothing like a couple of hours out after dark in a cool new bar or restaurant to rekindle your spirit as a woman.  And the beauty of meeting up with other new moms is that they?ll forgive you if you turn up late? with spit- up on your shoulder? leaking!  Everyone appreciates the effort (physically and mentally) it?s taken to get out the door, so you?ll all enjoy yourselves so much more. 


Come on in the party's just getting started. Jan 03 2008 6:24 PM

by lucy

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factory control room for 11 hours waiting for my first bottle of Glow Mama to come off the line. 

Its been a long bumpy road to get to this point, but I now feel like I'm in those quiet few moments before a big party I'm hosting ... all the nibbles are out, the decorations are up, the music is lined up and the drinks are chilled...  its either going to be a rip roaring bash that keeps the neighbors up for hours, or a quiet night at home blaming the rain for the lack of guests.  Fingers crossed!!!!

So, without further a due... a toast to (and with) Glow Mama!  Heres to all the moms and moms-to-be out there, may we never go thirsty again! 

Cheers,

Lucy