Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Tea for Tip-Top Performance!

Poor functioning of the liver is both symptomatic and causative of pre-eclampsia. As I've mentioned in earlier posts, increasing Potassium in your diet will strengthen and support your liver, kidney, and nervous-system. Few herbs are better sources of potassium that Dandelion and Nettle leaves. They are great sources of calcium, potassium, iron, and essential vitamins (A, D and K). Strengthening your liver and kidneys will also aid in the processing of excess hormones (goodbye sweat flashes!) I usually brew a tea with Nettle, Dandelion and Red Raspberry Leaf. Red Raspberry Leaf contains fragrine- and alkaloid that tones the muscles of the pelvic region including the uterus. RRL also contains Vitamins C, E, A, B-complex, and many minerals including phosphorous and potassium. Benefits of drinking RRL before and throughout pregnancy include increased fertility (especially when combined with Red Clover), preventing miscarriages and hemorrhage, eases morning sickness, improves efficiency of the uterus, and increases a mother's milk supply. I use these herbs even when I'm not pregnant to ease symptoms of PMS, and I've seen firsthand the effectiveness of these herbs with clients of mine who have had pre-eclampsia with previous pregnancies and were able to have a normal and healthy birth with their subsequent ones. **As with all herbal supplements, consult your primary care provider (midwife or doctor) before introducing them to your diet. ***You can also make this as an ice tea with fresh squeezed lemon and a little sugar. Lemon is also excellent for supporting liver and kidney functioning!
If you can't find loose-leaf herbs here in Kuwait, please contact me. I have a limited supply that I brought with me from the USA and I sell them for cost. I know in Muscat, it was easy to find RRL but nearly impossible to find Nettle and Dandelion Leaf. However, I haven't checked the GNC or other herbal supplement stores at the Marina Mall yet. If anyone else has seen them, let me know- and I'll update this post if I find a local source.

4 comments:

  1. I'll have to see where this stuff is in the netherlands. I have had blood pressure issues this pregnancy. They have me on a horrid medicine that makes me sleep now only 16-18 hours a day...but it was much more several weeks ago. My past pregnancies I always had high protein but my blood pressure was low - so I'm gearing up however I can to avoid pre-eclampsia...especially since they won't really do anything about it here.

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  2. Oh Amber- I didn't know you were pregnant- congratulations! You might want to read some of Susun Weed's (renowned herbologist)articles. http://www.susunweed.com/Article_Pregnancy_Problems.htm articles- she is part of this Wise Women's group that promotes natural health/healing.
    I hope you are able to find some helpful resources there in the Netherlands- I would have thought since they rely more on midwifes that these kinds of supplements and health practices would be more readily available. There are so many amazing resources online though. Please let me know how things go- my thoughts and prayers are with you!(Wish I could be with you) :)

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  3. my favorite drink after the baby is born, really tastes great and I do notice a difference!

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