We’re well into 2013 now, but I found some oldies-but-goodies that I wanted to share with you this week along with new info.  First off, is this fantabulous, ohmygod-I’ve-been-doing-it-wrong-all-my-life video from Katy Bowman on The Mechanics of Breathing.  Listen, if you think you breathe well because you take yoga, you need to watch this.  And, believe it or not, if you have stress, tight shoulders, or pelvic floor issues, your breath is something you will want to address.  But don’t take it from me.  Watch this:

Mechanics of Breathing / Katy Bowman

Increasing the circle … I’ll be working on that one for sure.

Another goody comes from an interview with Katy about preventing breech births.  (For the uninitiated, a breech baby presents with feet or bum first instead of the head.)  I teach the prenatal and postpartum community and am extremely concerned about what I am seeing happen with “core training” and its effects on pregnancy, labor and delivery.  Consider what Katy (Remember, she is a specialist in biomechanics.  She’s also birthed two babies.) says about the risk factors for breech babies:

…one of the newer risk factors for hypertonic muscles of the psoas and pelvic floor are those who have done a ton of core strengthening. More core strength, when it comes to the mechanisms of birth, isn’t always better—it can actually be a hindrance. We try to teach our students that more tension doesn’t equal strength. It’s just more tension. And you don’t want that tension to be affecting the natural processes of birth. It really helps to relax those muscles (Don’t worry! You can still be extremely fit without being a ball of muscular tension!) beforehand.

The whole article is short and terrific and has great tips on getting baby in an optimal position for delivery.  How baby is positioned can make a world of difference in how your labor proceeds.

Think all of these people “going gluten free” are just jumping on a bandwagon?  I’ve tossed more than a few new research pieces your way over the past few weeks showing that scientists are acknowledging the presence of “gluten sensitivity” even in those without celiac disease.  But what about everyone else?  This study concludes:

Our data support the beneficial effects of gluten-free diets in reducing adiposity gain, inflammation and insulin resistance. The data suggests that diet gluten exclusion should be tested as a new dietary approach to prevent the development of obesity and metabolic disorders.

Wowsers.  Looking forward to studies that build off these findings.  Meanwhile, check out this skeptical mom’s account of what happened when she took gluten out of her child’s diet.

I haven’t had a vacation in a long, long time.  When I go, I love to practice yoga.  Forbes lists some great yoga getaways.  (Hey, a girl can dream, can’t she?)

Did you see Breaking Muscle’s Top 10 articles of 2012?

Apologies to those of you on the 21 Day Sugar Detox, but I had to pass this chocolate yumminess on to you all.  (Start planning those Valentine’s Day menus now!)

If you are a parent and if you have lots of friends who are parents, chances are your Facebook feed is full of tales of sick kids right now.  Here’s an interesting piece on ear infections.  I remain convinced that we still have a lot to discover about this very common childhood ailment.

I recently had a little freakout about the Teflon coating in my slow cooker.  Long ago I rid my kitchen of all the Teflon – with the exception of the slow cooker.  Now that I am making bone broth and consuming it daily, I decided I couldn’t handle the thought of that chemical leaching into my delicious, nourishing broth.  So, I started making my broth in the oven thanks to this great how-to.  Next step is to freeze it in glass, and not the plastic bags I have been using.

I love these Five Biggest Health Myths from Primal Docs.

Get outside as much as you can!  But there are other ways to get some Vitamin D, too.

Hope you have a lovely weekend!  I’ll be back on Monday.

3 Responses to “Explore More : January 11th”

  1. on 11 Jan 2013 at 7:29 pmK

    Thanks for the article on Vit D. I recently found out from endocrinologist that I am low. Been taking an additional 1,000IU of D3 gel pills daily along with my multi-vitamin. Good to know what I should be eating too as I am anti-sun with my fair skin and all.

  2. on 11 Jan 2013 at 8:17 pmKristine Rudolph

    Chris Kresser has some terrific information on Vitamin D. This one on D & thyroid might interest you – http://chriskresser.com/the-role-of-vitamin-d-deficiency-in-thyroid-disorders and then I really like his information in the podcast here http://chriskresser.com/bioidentical-hormones-acne-scars-and-heavy-metal-toxins (there is a transcript, so just scroll down.)

    I take the Green Pastures Fermented Cod Liver Oil / Butter Oil blend for D plus the other fat solubles that act synergistically with D. I can really tell a difference when I miss.

  3. on 14 Jan 2013 at 4:19 pmK

    Thanks for sharing those 2 links. Very interesting. Got my bloodwork today from endocrinologist that after 8 weeks on 1000IU of Vit D3 I’m still low. Only went up 2 points. Now she wants me to take 2000IU daily. She’s wondering if they aren’t getting absorbed. Tested negative for celiac and cortisol is normal (read in Chris’ article you shared that can affect it). Chris’ podcast suggest minimum levels of 35 and mine is 25.

    I’m just taking the cheap Walgreens brand of D3. My multi-vitamin is just the Kroger brand Women’s daily. I also take once daily the Nordic Naturals Kenai Wild Alaskan Salmon Oil (http://www.nordicnaturals.com/en/Products/Product_Details/514/?ProdID=1611). I’m never sure what are good brands for vitamins and such as these. I see that Nordic Naturals has D3 stuff too so I might try that.

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