A fruit basket for Mother’s day


Happy mother’s day!

This fruit flower basket was arranged by a friend caregiver Novel and made one of my clients so happy.

Mothers are indepensable, essential workers and special. They make everyone happy. They give life.They should be given more benefits than any other profession.

Love them unconditionally for without them, there will be less successful and motivated people.

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Soups to prevent flu and influenza

Mothers and babies must up intake of whole foods rich in Vitamin C and zinc to prevent flu and influenza.

Here are 5 ways to prevent the cold and flu with nutrition.

  1. Hydration – The outdoor air is drier in cold weather, and our heated homes are dry. Staying hydrated in the winter keeps mucous membranes soft and moist, preventing tiny cracks that allow viruses and bacteria to enter. Is eight glasses a day enough water to keep hydrated? One simple rule of thumb is this: divide your weight (pounds) by two. That’s the minimum number of ounces your body needs. If you exercise, take your weight and multiply by 2/3 to get the number of ounces. Everyone’s specific fluid needs may differ.
  2. Plant-based foods – A diet rich in vegetables, fruit and whole grains is high in antioxidants and phytonutrients. Antioxidants are known to reduce the risk of stroke and enhance immune defense, which lowers the risk of cancer and infection. Phytonutrients are linked to increased immunity and faster healing. Aim for seven servings of fruits and vegetables and at least three servings of whole grains per day. Nutrient-packed choices include broccoli, red onion, blueberries, grapes, oats, barley and tea.
  3. Probiotics – Recent research shows probiotics (dietary supplement) boosting the immune system. The theory is healthy bacteria found in probiotics keep the gut and intestinal tract low in disease-causing germs. Yogurt with live active cultures and kefir are good food sources of probiotics. Over-the-counter supplements also are available. Some studies were based on a 7-ounce serving of yogurt with live cultures.
  4. Exercise – Moderate physical activity is a powerful immunity booster. A 30 to 60 minute walk most days per week is considered moderate exercise. Too much or not enough exercise actually can weaken immune systems. Try dancing, walking, stationary biking, indoor swimming or similar activities to move more in the winter months.
  5. Vitamins and Minerals – Many supplements claim to reduce colds and viruses, but few studies substantiate claims. A literature review on vitamin C supplementation found no difference in cold rates for those who took 200 mg daily and those who took none. One exception was people who exercised outside in the winter. They benefited from the vitamin C supplement and reduced risk of catching a cold by 50%. The best supplement option is a multivitamin/mineral once per day with 100% of the recommended daily values of vitamins A, B6, B12, C and D, and minerals chromium, copper, folic acid, selenium, calcium and zinc.

3 Warming Soups for Liver Cleanse and Detox

Source: https://www.theawesomegreen.com/3-warming-soups-for-liver-cleanse/

Our liver, the master metabolizer, filters the entire blood volume every three minutes. How about that? All our organs have their special role, but it’s the liver that processes and neutralizes all the chemicals our body is exposed to, from our food, environment, or personal care products. In healthy diets or detox diets, when we consume appreciable quantities of vegetables and fruits, our cells receive high concentrations of potassium which flushes out excess water and toxins, creating an alkaline environment.


The toxins are then sent via the bloodstream to the liver, which neutralizes them for excretion either by the kidneys or through the colon, via the bile. During detox diets, lots of toxins are flushed out from our cells, so the liver is exposed to a greater pressure and needs to be stimulated to cope with the higher bile production. A healthy production of bile is essential for eliminating the toxins, so we should help the liver with key nutrients, such as antioxidants (for instance the detoxifying betalains in this Beet and Ginger Detox Elixir) and fiber.


Soluble Fiber Sources: oatmeal, lentils, apples, oranges, pears, nuts, flaxseeds, chia seeds, beans, celery, carrots.

Insoluble Fiber Sources: seeds, nuts, brown rice, zucchini, celery, broccoli, cabbage, onions, tomatoes, carrots, cucumbers, green beans, dark leafy vegetables, raisins.


My three detox soups are not only packed with potassium for creating an alkaline environment and to help flush out the toxins from our cells, but also with fiber, soluble for stimulating the bile secretion and insoluble for promoting bowel movement and elimination of toxins. The soups come with gorgeous colors, taste delicious, and I actually added them to my comfort food recipe section because they make me feel amazing.

These soups are part of my 3-Day Detox and Restore Plan, one that you can actually keep, but you can also have one of them for dinner during my cleansing program The Simplest 1-Day Detox. Also, this Brussels Sprouts Soup or the Vegan Mushroom Soupwill perfectly fit any detox diet.


To make any of these soups  even sexier for my body cells, I sprinkle two teaspoons of my home-made detox mix on top of the bowl to boost their flavor and trigger the natural detoxification process with healing spices.
You’ll find the details, recipe and photo at the end of this post, after the soup recipes.


Broccoli Detox Soup


4.3 from 18 reviews
Broccoli Detox Soup
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A gorgeous green soup, loaded with vitamins, fiber and minerals.
Author: The Awesome Green
Recipe type: Soups
Cuisine: Vegetarian
Serves: 2
  • 2 cups broccoli florets
  • 2 celery stalks, finely diced
  • 1 onion, finely diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 cup greens (kale, spinach, beet greens or any other available)
  • 1 parsnip, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 carrot, peeled and finely chopped
  • 2 cups filtered water or low sodium vegetable broth
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • ½ lemon, juice only
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • Toasted mixed seeds and nuts, 1 teaspoon coconut milk, to garnish
  1. In a soup pot, heat the coconut oil, add the onion, garlic, carrot, parsnip, celery sticks and broccoli, and cook over low heat for five minutes, stirring frequently.
  2. Add the filtered water or vegetable broth, bring to a boil, then cover the pot with a lid and let simmer for 5-7 minutes, until the vegetables are tender but not mushy.
  3. Stir in the greens, then transfer into the blender, add the chia seeds and lemon, and process to obtain a smooth cream.
  4. Top with toasted seeds and serve warm.


Beet Detox Soup


4.3 from 18 reviews
Beet Detox Soup
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Pink colored and tasting delicious, this beet soup is a real power house when it comes to nutrition.
Author: The Awesome Green
Recipe type: Soups
Cuisine: Vegan
Serves: 2
  • 3 medium beet roots
  • 2 carrots, finely diced
  • 1 onion, finely diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 small leek, finely diced
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • 2 cups vegetable broth, warm
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • 1 tbsp chia, sunflower and pumpkin seeds, 1 teaspoon coconut milk, to garnish
ALSO YUMMY:  Black Bean Burgers with Herbed Avocado Sauce
  1. Place the unpeeled beet roots in a pot, cover with water, bring to boil then simmer for 30 minutes until tender.
  2. Drain from water and set aside to cool.
  3. Heat the coconut oil in a cast iron skillet, add the onions, garlic, leek, and carrot and cook for 5-7 minutes over low heat. Remove from the heat and transfer onto a plate.
  4. Peel the beet roots, cut into cubes, and add into the blender, together with the cooked vegetables and warm vegetable broth.
  5. Process to obtain a smooth cream.
  6. Season with salt and serve garnished with mixed seeds.


 Sweet Potato Detox Soup


4.3 from 18 reviews
Sweet Potato Detox Soup
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Packed with vitamin A and fiber, this orange soup is the best choice for a detox dinner.
Author: The Awesome Green
Recipe type: Soups
Cuisine: Vegan
Serves: 2
  • ½ cup cooked red lentils
  • 1 sweet potato, peeled and cut in cubes
  • 3 carrots, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1 parsnip, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1 onion, peeled and cut in quarters
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • Pinch of chili powder
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • 2 cups low sodium vegetable broth, warm
  • ½ inch piece of ginger, peeled and grated
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • Fresh parsley, 1 teaspoon coconut milk, to garnish
  1. Heat the oven at 165°C/329°F.
  2. Line a baking sheet with baking paper, add the sweet potato, carrots, parsnip, onion, and garlic, season with salt, chili, turmeric, and cumin, add the coconut oil and toss to combine.
  3. Roast for 20 minutes then transfer into the blender.
  4. Add the warm vegetable broth, grated ginger, and cooked red lentils into the blender and process to obtain a smooth cream.
  5. Serve warm, garnished with fresh parsley.

Motherhood , healing , signs and symptoms and aging

What are important body signals that can be problematic 20 years from now?


Sense of smell and taste can predict neurodegenerative health issues. I do not want to use disease since health issues can still be prevented if we are proactive. With health knowledge now readily available in the internet, we can have an idea of what is happening to our bodies. There is Quora.com where I answered topics I read and simplified and experienced some of them as I work as a caregiver, apprentice midwife and pharmacy technician instructor.

Fungus on our feet

When I work as a caregiver for a hospice client who is dying of cancer, I inspect for fungus on the feet since this tells me the life story of the body’s health struggles. Molds, virus, fungus and other parasites/bacteria can destroy our cells disturbing the balance, robs us of our nutrients and invades our healthy cells.  Thanks to antibiotics and other medicines, we can prevent proliferation of these microbes and invading organisms.

Bad breath

Lack of zinc and other nutrients in our diet can cause bad breath.


Excessive sweating can mean away from normal and must signal that our bodies are slow in responding to our signals or our nervous and endocrine system have health issues that need to be addressed early with proper nutrition and lifestyle changes.

Depression, mood swings, irritability anxiety or negative spirit or behavior issues

Stress and trauma at birth and during childhood and adulthood can affect our brain as shown in our behavior and thought patterns.  I believe in nurture and the influence of our environment in creating a healthy brain. Hugs and kisses can have a positive effect in balancing our endocrine and nervous system.

Dental issues

Most seniors in care homes who have lived past 95 years of age have complete teeth. Cavities and gum disease can affect our health especially our heart or vascular health.

Metal fillings with mercury are toxic and best to replace them with healthy fillings. You can tell effects of metal toxicity from the curvature or ridges on sides of our tongue. Cilantro and other detox ways can help eliminate metal toxins from our bodies.

Skin itchiness, rashes, sensitivities, temperature and abnormal growth – a liver issue

Constipation, indigestion or bloating – digestive health issue

Gets sick easy – poor immune system

Allergies – poor immune system

Headaches or migraines – brain , heart, digestive and immune system

Sensitive to drugs, medications, alcohol and other food sensitivities – liver and poor immune system


Email motherhealth@gmail.com for the correct title that best describes the ebook with major contents:

From mind to disease free
Healing and nervous system
Signs from our bodies
Nutrition and herbs
Homebirth with midwives
Topics answered by Connie at Quora
Top posts at Connie’s http://www.clubalthea.com blog

For 160 pages of health topics answered by Connie at quora.com, download the pdf below:

healing motherhood and aging

Stressed mothers and their children with binge eating habits later

Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals Alter Thyroid Levels in Pregnancy and May Affect Fetal Brain Development

A new study led by biologist R. Thomas Zoeller of the University of Massachusetts Amherst provides “the strongest evidence to date” that endocrine disrupting chemicals such as polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) found in flame retardant cloth, paint, adhesives and electrical transformers, can interfere with thyroid hormone action in pregnant women and may travel across the placenta to affect the fetus.

Results appeared in an early online edition and in the December print edition of the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. The paper was honored this week as an “extramural paper of the month” by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.

Zoeller says, “As endocrine-disrupting chemicals, PCBs interfere with the way the thyroid hormone functions, but they don’t actually change the amount of the hormone found in the body. Although these effects are largely invisible in scientific studies that only judge thyroid activity by measuring hormone levels, they may be having a real impact on infants’ brain development.”

Although endocrine-disrupting PCBs were banned in the United States in 1979, they are still released into the environment from disposal sites or products manufactured before the ban. Most people have been exposed to low levels of PCBs, Zoeller points out.

In this prospective birth cohort study, he and colleagues looked at the effects of low-dose chemical exposure in 164 pregnant women. Tissue from their placentas, the uterine structure that provides oxygen and nutrients to the fetus, was analyzed for a specific enzyme, CYP1A1, which changes endocrine-disrupting chemicals into a form that can interfere directly with the body’s thyroid hormone receptors.

This work was a collaboration between scientists in the biology department at UMass Amherst and physician scientists led by Larissa Takser at the University of Sherbrooke, Québec, who collected placental tissue from a large epidemiological study. Biochemistry and experimental work conducted at Zoeller’s UMass Amherst laboratory over the past decade provided the framework for the analyses. “This led us to predict specific molecular events that might be occurring in the placenta,” he notes, “and as best as we can tell right now, we were correct.”

The image shows a pregnant woman. A ultrasound scan of a baby is layered on to her stomach.

Zoeller and colleagues found that in pregnancies where the placenta contained higher levels of CYP1A1, it also showed signs of thyroid disruption. Levels of two thyroid-regulated genes tended to be higher in these pregnancies, although the mother’s overall thyroid hormone levels did not change.

“Whatever is happening in the placenta likely reflects what is happening in the fetus,” says Zoeller. “To truly understand how endocrine-disrupting chemicals may be affecting pregnancies, the findings show we need to study not only hormone levels, but hormone activity at the cellular level.”

The effects of endocrine-disrupting chemicals may be particularly insidious in people who smoke, Zoeller said. The enzyme CYP1A1 is supposed to clean the blood, and the body produces more of this enzyme when it is exposed to cigarette smoke. The researchers found pregnant women who smoked tended to have higher levels of the enzyme in the placental tissue.


In addition to Zoeller, other authors at UMass Amherst are Thomas Luke Wadzinski, Katherine Geromini, Judy McKinley Brewer and Ruby Bansal, with Nadia Abdelouahab and Marie-France Langlois in addition to Takser at the University of Sherbrooke.

Contact: Janet Lathrop – University of Massachusetts Amherst
Source: University of Massachusetts Amherst press release
Image Source: The image is credited to Skitterphoto and is in the public domain
Original Research: Abstract for “Endocrine Disruption in Human Placenta: Expression of the Dioxin-Inducible Enzyme, Cyp1a1, Is Correlated With That of Thyroid Hormone-Regulated Genes” by Thomas L. Wadzinski, Katherine Geromini, Judy McKinley Brewer, Ruby Bansal, Nadia Abdelouahab, Marie-France Langlois, Larissa Takser and R. Thomas Zoeller in Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. Published online October 9 2014 doi:10.1210/jc.2014-2629

Pain and depression, childbirth pain and mothering

Mothers like me who had a home birth and mothers who had surgical birth experienced pain in different ways. When I was teaching childbirth, I shared my stories but each mother can create their own memories during childbirth. What is important is the support system. I was blessed to be with nurse midwives. Learning more about the process, giving in to nature and our own bodies helped. But please walk a mile a day during pregnancy and eat whole foods.

Breastfeeding is more difficult for me. So in my ebook, Birthing Ways Healing Ways, I wrote all the tips I can give to new mothers. Email me for a free copy at motherhealth@gmail.com

Connie Dello Buono


Here is the recent news about pain relief during childbirth…(you be the judge mothers)

Women who receive an epidural during childbirth significantly lower their risk of postpartum depression, according to new research.

Study participants whose pain was managed during labor had a 14 percent rate of depression six weeks after delivery, compared to a nearly 35 percent rate of depression for those who did not have the pain relief. The study also found that women who attended childbirth classes during pregnancy and those who breastfed after labor also lowered their risk of postpartum depression. Breastfeeding was more common in the group that had an epidural for pain (70 percent) compared to those who did not (50 percent).

The study, which will be published in the August issue of Anesthesia & Analgesia, involved 214 women, half of whom were given an epidural to reduce their pain during the vaginal delivery of their child. The other 107 participants were not given any pain medication during delivery. The mental statuses of all study participants were examined three days after delivery, and again six weeks after delivery, using an established postnatal depression scale.

“It’s a huge omission that there has been almost nothing in postpartum depression research about pain during labor and delivery and postpartum depression,” Katherine Wisner, M.D., a Northwestern Medicine® perinatal psychiatrist, said in a press release. “There is a well-known relationship between acute and chronic pain and depression.”

Up to 80 percent of new mothers experience some degree of emotional distress after childbirth. It is common for women to have a range of emotions, including weepiness, anxiety, and mood swings. However, if these symptoms last longer than two weeks and become more severe, postpartum depression (PPD) could be the reason. PPD is a type of clinical depression with symptoms such as fatigue or exhaustion, changes in appetite or eating habits, loss of interest in activities you usually enjoyed, and physical pain, including, headaches, stomachaches, or backaches. According to the American Psychological Association, between 9 and 16 percent of women will experience PPD, which can have significant consequences for both the new mother and family.

According to Wisner, managing acute postpartum pain supports the new mother’s ability to emotionally attach and care for her infant. “Pain control gets the mother off to a good beginning, rather than starting off defeated and exhausted,” she said. “Whether it’s vaginal or cesarean-section delivery, pain control postpartum is an issue for all new mothers. There is no way to have a delivery without pain. The objective here is to avoid severe pain. Controlling that delivery pain so a woman can comfortably develop as a mother is something that makes a lot of sense.”

Wisner recommends that women who experience chronic pain one to two months after delivery be screened for depression.